Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Big zoning news from Palm Beach - Super-majority vote coming for variance approvals?

From William Kelly at the Shiny Sheet (click title for link), we have this about a possible change coming to Palm Beach concerning the approval threshold to combat the high number of variances being issued on the Island. From the article by Kelly:
The Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending that the five-member council raise the threshold for those approvals to four votes from three.
Commissioners have said too many variances are being approved, which they say erodes zoning protections, especially for parking requirements.
The four-vote or supermajority recommendation also was triggered by the failed Royal Poinciana Way zoning initiative, Commissioner Michael Scharf has said. The council approved the controversial zoning change with three votes; voters then shot it down in a hotly contested referendum in March.
Scharf, who is challenging incumbent Michael Pucillo in the Feb. 3 town election, has said a higher approval threshold would encourage council members to work harder toward compromise.