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‘Phantom’ proposal goes to planning board
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TREASURE ISLAND – City commissioners voted unanimously June 3 to refer a proposed planned development zoning district ordinance to the city’s Planning and Zoning Board for review.

But there was only one problem. City of Treasure Island staff had not yet finished putting the final touches on the proposal, which raised questions for former City Commissioner Ed Gayton.

“I asked for a copy of the planned development district ordinance and there is none,” Gayton said. “How are you going to pass a resolution to send a phantom draft ordinance to the LPA? What are you sending? There is nothing to send. What are you voting on? How can you send something that doesn’t exist?”

City Manager Reid Silverboard explained that city staff was still working on the final language and expected the final draft to be ready “in 2-3 days.”

“We’re using as a basis the original PD ordinance that went to the Planning and Zoning Board before we rolled it out into a (north end planning district),” said Silverboard. “We’re a couple of days away from completing it. Once we do that, we will send it down to the P&Z and it will be on their next regular meeting. I’ll provide a copy to the city commission, if they choose, and I’ll provide a copy to Mr. Gayton if he wants one.”

Commissioner Carol Coward wondered if the issue could be put off until the commission’s next meeting on June 17.

“Is there a reason we’re rushing this?” Coward asked.

The reason for the June 3 vote, Silverboard explained, was because the Planning and Zoning Board meets next on June 12. A delay to the June 17 meeting would delay until July 10 a first look at the ordinance.

He reassured the commission that Gayton’s assertion that the City Commission was forwarding a phantom draft ordinance was incorrect.

“You don’t tell the P&Z board what you want,” said Silverboard. “A draft goes to them, they look at it, they change it and they make a recommendation to you of what they think should be in the ordinance and then it’s up to the City Commission to change it the way they want. That’s how we do all these ordinances.”

“The bottom line is this is the most expeditious way to handle it,” said Commissioner Phil Collins.

Commissioner Alan Bildz agreed.

“So the question becomes are we comfortable passing this without changing the draft ordinance?” he asked. “I would say yes.”

At a May 20 workshop, city commissioners agreed to amend the city’s land use element of the comprehensive plan, identifying land use classifications in which higher tourist densities should be considered.

City staff also suggested a broader planned development zoning district ordinance than the earlier North End Planned Development District, which was determined to have legal holes in it. The new planned development zoning district ordinance would have a series of referendum questions included, as required under Section 68-126 of the city’s land development regulations, to identify the “not to exceed” height and the “not to exceed” permanent and tourist density by zoning classification.

In other action, commissioners:

• Awarded a $199,885 bid to Ajax Paving Industries of Florida for milling and resurfacing of 108th, 116th and 117th avenues.

• Authorized $27,967 for the purchase of four telemetry control unit modules and related software from Data Flow Systems for the city’s wastewater system.
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