Fort Lauderdale Planning & Zoning Board October 17, 2007 Page 20
for events. He added that LXR Group has been very easy to work with and commented that the project will attract the super yacht market in the future.
Jan Alota indicated that correspondence had been received from the South Beach Alliance earlier that day, which indicated significant measures were being taken to provide neighborhood outreach.
Ms. Golub stated she is curious about plans to award 42 residential flex units to the development. She also commented that it is difficult to believe 42 additional units will not have an impact on the surrounding area. Mr. Fajardo stated the development is a business zoning district resident in a flex zone.
Ms. Alota, explained that the 42 condominium units will be for sale for seasonal buyers. With regard to commercial land use, Ms. Alota stated that residential flex units are allowed.
Mr. Glassman asked what is required for pre-application approval for FDOT. In response, Dennis Garrett with City Engineering stated FDOT is aware of this project and requires staff’s correspondence in favor. He added that staff is requiring the developer to store all vehicles on site.
Ms. Graham raised questions about data showing a breakdown for parking allocation. Ms. Alota referred Ms. Graham to the relevant data on the master documents.
Ms. Graham asked whether any other considerations were made beyond using parking lifts on the lower level. Ms. Alota stated the developer tried to be sensitive to requirements to keep the parking below grade.
Chair Curtis commented on the volume of additional rooms being added versus the questioned the minimal addition of trips. Ms. Danielson explained that this distribution was not done with a computer model, but was based on existing travel patterns layered with proposed development traffic.
Mr. Welch and Ms. Graham also voiced concern that the limited number of trips projected did not add up to the added intense usage of the property.
Ms. Danielson explained that one measure being taken to alleviate parking traffic is moving the guard house to allow for queuing on site. Additionally, the applicant was provided with a valet queuing analysis advising how many valet attendants are needed to prevent lining up out into the roadway.