Fort Lauderdale Planning & Zoning Board October 17, 2007 Page 7
Ella Parker, of the Planning and Zoning Department, summarized the application as follows: The proposal is to redevelop the existing Jackson Marina to include wet and dry slips accommodated in two buildings, a boat service building, a clubhouse, office and retail space and a garage structure. The project is directly adjacent to RS-8 zoned single family properties to the west. Ms. Parker distributed a letter of support from the Marina Mile Civic Association. Ms. Parker stated staff finds that although the marina use is appropriate in this district, the proposed project does not provide the necessary mitigation to bulk, mass and scale to minimize adverse impacts to the adjacent residences. Staff has concerns about neighborhood compatibility and preservation criteria may not be fully addressed, including the requirements of the conditional use permit. Ms. Parker advised that staff has outlined the following conditions for Board approval.
Ms. Parker distributed a letter of support from the Marina Mile Civic Association and summarized the proposal. She explained that although the use is appropriate at this location, staff has concerns about neighborhood compatibility since the project is directly adjacent to the RS-8 zoned, single family properties and as proposed the marina does not provide the necessary mitigation to bulk, mass, and scale to minimize adverse impacts. If approved, the following conditions were proposed:
The applicant is required to obtain all applicable environment permits
Approval is subject to Marine Advisory Board conditions.
Ms. Golub asked Ms. Parker to elaborate on staff’s concerns about scale and mass compatibility.
Ms. Parker stated the proposed buildings are significantly larger in scale and mass than buildings in the adjacent neighborhoods.
Ms. Graham commented that the retail and office space seems to put this project “over the edge” where usage is concerned. Ms. Parker stated the applicant requested flex space for retail or office usage; either way, the parking requirements are met.
Chair Curtis opened the public hearing.
Gypsy Miller, president of the Flamingo Park Civic Association, stated the Association has heard several presentations on this project. He spoke of his personal experience working with Jackson Marina and as a second generation resident of Flamingo Park. Mr. Miller advised the Civic Association residents voted in support of this project.