Thursday, January 10, 2019

Public meetings tonight at Lake Worth City Hall: City Commission Work Session and Tree Board.

This is news “Worth Noting”.

Per the City’s official calendar there are three public meetings next week. A Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting (2016 Bond Oversight) on Monday (see agenda below), a regular City Commission meeting on Tuesday and a P&Z meeting on Wednesday. Stay tuned for more information.

The Tree Board and a City Commission Work Session tonight will begin at 5:30 and 6:00, respectively. These two public meetings on are especially important vis-à-vis landscape regulations.

To download the agendas click on this link and scroll down to download all that information.

Here is a quick summary of the Work Session by the City Commission tonight:

Updates/Future Action/Direction:

  • Land Development Regulations Section 23.3-6, Use Tables.
  • Proposed amendment to Section 23.6-1 Landscape Regulations.

Following Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Hurricane Michael last year the focus has shifted to public safety and hardening infrastructure. The debate over shade trees and aesthetics is now much less of importance than making the public safer and protecting essential infrastructure in case of a major storm event (e.g., fallen trees and limbs and damage from tree roots).

In short, almost the entire code section on landscape regulations has been simplified and updated since first proposed last year.

Here is the agenda for next Monday’s CAC meeting:

Citizens’ Advisory Committee — 2016 Bond Oversight.

Location: City Hall Conference Room.
Date: Monday, Jan. 14th.
Time: 6:00.
  • Roll Call.
  • Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Agenda: Additions/deletions/reordering.
  • Opening Remarks.
  • Presentations: A) Corinne Elliott, Asst. Finance Director. B) Brian Shields, P.E., Dir. of Water Utilities. C) Jamie Brown, Dir. of Public Services.
  • Member Reports.
  • Approval of Minutes: October 1st, 2018.
  • Unfinished Business.
  • New Business: Set next meeting date.
  • Public Comment  (three minute limit).
  • Closing Comments.
  • Adjournment.

NOTE: One of more members of any volunteer City board, or any member of the Lake Worth City Commission may attend and speak at this public meeting.