Fort Lauderdale Planning & Zoning Board October 17, 2007 Page 18
Ms. Alota directed everyone to Exhibit 3, a narrative describing provisions of the ULDR applicable to this project, along with the applicant’s responses.
Ms. Alota advised that over the past year, the applicant met with the South Beach Alliance and representative Neighborhood Associations. Two open houses were advertised and held in September and October, which were well attended by residents.
Ms. Alota stated that the project ensures the property remains below grade in relation to the 17th Street Causeway Bridge. Ms. Alota added that the dock master building will act as a transition buffer to the residential area to the north. Landscaping improvements were also reviewed. In summary, Ms. Alota advised that overall, the Pier 66 improvements will add 62 new larger hotel suites, 42 residential units, slightly over 18,000 s.f. of yacht broker office space and 5,000 s.f. of marine related retail. Ms. Alota stated that all applicable provisions of the ULDR have been met.
Susan Danielson, senior traffic consultant with Kimley Horn, gave a slide presentation while summarizing the traffic impact study. Ms. Danielson stated that additional Pier 66 related traffic projected to impact S.E. 23 Avenue, south of SE 17 Street is expected to total only three vehicle trips during the a.m. peak hour and five vehicle trips in the p.m. peak hour. Ms. Daniel advised that 70 percent of new project traffic is expected to originate to the east and the remaining 80 percent to the west. Standard growth factor, traffic from pending projects and traffic from the sales project were all factored into this study. The traffic study determined that the most significant increase in delay is expected to be on the Pier 66 approach to the intersection.
Ms. Danielson advised that in order to improve queuing conditions on site, the applicant proposes to relocate the existing guard house 223 feet to the west. Ms. Daniel said that staff recommended that the applicant work with FDOT and Broward County regarding additional pavement markings on the Pier 66 property. The applicant will include an additional stop bar and signage. Ms. Danielson stated the traffic study was reviewed by staff and an outside consultant.
Mr. Fajardo gave a staff presentation on this item as follows: The application proposes a mixed use addition to the existing marina and Pier 66 hotel. The project is subject to mixed use development criteria, waterway use, conditional use, flexibility requirements and neighborhood compatibility requirements. Mr. Fajardo advised that staff proposes the following 6 conditions for approval to address traffic concerns.
Access gates to be relocated by the new parking structure;
Trailblazer signs to east bound and west bound SE 17th Street to be provided;