DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved the second reading of amendments on Dec. 19 to a zoning ordinance in the Land Development Code.
In December 2010, the commission decided that the code needed to be cleaned up, so staff has worked to improve it and make significant changes to four chapters of it, according to a staff memo. The first brought back to the commission is the section on zoning. The following 11 amendments were approved:
• Limit hoofed animals in the agricultural residential zoning district.
• Have covered boat regulations match the Pinellas County Water and Navigation Authority’s rules.
• Return to 25 feet due to unintended consequences of 15 feet in regards to single-family front setbacks.
• Amend parking requirements of “MH” to match chapter 105.
• Strike two sections of the planned residential development to replace with a new, revised section.
• Amend temporary lodging use standards for transient uses.
• Revise step-back requirements of A, B and C streets to provide alternative requirement at discretion of the City Commission.
• Repeal additional height exceptions for demonstrated public benefit.
• Amend the setback encroachment table.
• Revise the group living home, community residential home, ALF and other definitions within Appendix A.
• Create definitions within Appendix A for art school/studio, craft/micro brewery, winery or distillery, live-work unit, and urban nursery and amend its use matrix accordingly.
Condo rental exception approved
DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance on Dec. 19 that provides exemption requirements for the condominium units that are set to be built at the new Fenway site.
The new development will include 80 hotel units in the front and 30 condos in the back facing a courtyard, said Greg Rice, city planning and development director. The unique concept is that all of the condos will be at least two bedroom, two bathroom units with one bedroom and one bathroom that can be separated from the main unit so it could be rented out if the owner desires to do so, Rice said. This could be especially useful during the busy tourist season, he said.
As the code stands, units can only be rented out for a minimum of 60 days. The new exemption is the following:
“Condominium units with at least two bedrooms and two bathrooms that contain a one bedroom and one bathroom ‘lock-out’ unit are exempt from the requirements of sections 107-33.2.2 A and B. Owners may put their ‘lock-out’ unit in the hotel rental pool at their own discretion.”
Commissioner Ron Barnette said this would be a good investment opportunity for people who want to downsize.
Dredging discussions move forward
DUNEDIN – Numerous members of the public were excited to see that the dredging of Cedar Creek and Lake Sperry plans are moving forward.
The city hired Taylor Engineering, Inc. to prepare a dredging feasibility report for the lake and the creek. According to a staff memo, the final report should be completed no later than April. In the meantime, the Stormwater Advisory Committee is set to meet and discuss the issues on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m., at the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Then the city commission will hear the recommendations as well as comments from the public at the commission meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23.
“With that decision made, the consultant will focus on the selected alternatives and complete the scope of services,” the memo said. “At the Feb. 11 workshop, the City Commission will receive a presentation on the proposed stormwater utility rates. Those rates will be predicated, in part, on a project package that currently prices dredging at the adopted budget amounts.”
Members of the public thanked the commission for finally looking at this issue, which has caused problems for a while. Mayor Dave Eggers also helped clarify that the stormwater rates will be determined on a lot of different factors, and any change to them will include more factors than just the dredging project.
Bids, contracts approved
DUNEDIN – On Dec. 19, the Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved several bids and contracts, including a downtown parking lot agreement, the Lyndhurst Street Streetscape project bid, and the contract for the purchase of gasoline and diesel fuels.
The parking lot lease agreement is to pay $28,000 a year to allow for the public use of the lot, annual mowing and parking
signs. The lot is located at 362 Scotland St., which currently is vacant. Of the total funds, $24,000 a year will be paid to the property owner, which will be paid in two installments, according to a staff memo.
This will provide for about 40 to 70 cars and will help relieve some of the need for more downtown parking spaces. The agreement is for three years with the ability to renew the lease for an additional year.
The Lyndhurst Street Streetscape Project awards a contract of $47,827 to Stamper Construction Company of Tarpon Springs.
“The work includes site preparation, concrete, landscape, irrigation and segmental retaining walls,” according to a staff memo. “The awarded contractor will place retaining walls and landscape improvements along Lyndhurst Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Dogwood Court.”
The final contracts went to Indigo Energy Partners, LLC of Alpharetta, Ga. To buy gasoline and diesel fuels for $738,282 and also a contract to J.J. Williams Co., Inc. of Tampa to buy Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel, Red Dyed for an amount up to $30,000. The contracts are for two years, with the option to renew for one additional two-year period.
“The pricing on the contract is based on the Oil Price Information Services annual terminal rack price as published daily for the specific fuel, plus a per gallon delivery charge that is either added or subtracted from the cost of the fuel,” a staff memo said. “The delivery charge is fixed for six month intervals.”