Monday, October 18, 2021

Planning Board Update



By Maureen Chodaba

The City of Marco Island Planning Board held their meeting on May 6.

Growth Management staff reported that the Marco Island Hilton will be closed for four months beginning in June to commence with their $40 million renovations.

Christopher and Patricia Bores of A Step Ahead Physical Therapy submitted an application to request the conditional use of office space at 291 S. Collier Blvd. (San Marco Residences) for their physical therapy practice. The current zoning at this location restricts businesses to those specifically associated with tourism and hotel guests. The couple would like to purchase two units at the San Marco Residences, currently in foreclosure with Mutual of Omaha Bank. Although the property had a history of non-compliant zoning use, Planning Board member Charlette Roman said that she could not in good conscience vote to recommend approval of something that is technically illegal. Planning Board attorney Paul Gougelman recommended a code amendment. In the end, the Planning Board voted 6-1 to move the item forward to the City Council. The proposed code amendment was to be submitted as well.

After much discussion and thorough analysis, the Island Plaza/Progressive Planned Urban Development (PUD) was withdrawn several months ago. This time the Planning Board voted unanimously to approve a Site Improvement Plan (SIP) for the Island Shopping Plaza (without Progressive) at 664 Bald Eagle Drive. In accordance with the current Land Development Code, a SIP is needed for any renovations other than exterior painting. The SIP includes a façade upgrade, clock tower, landscaping mode, improved lighting and signage, a pedestrian node and additional alley parking, essentially everything that was contemplated in the PUD. Growth Management Staff Liaison Tami Scott stressed that the additional parking is not a requirement for the proposed renovations, but the developer is willing to construct them.

The next meeting of the Planning Board will be May 20 at 9 AM. Ongoing discussion with consulting firm Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc. regarding the long outstanding review of the City’s Land Development Code will begin at that public meeting.

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