KIMLEY-HORN AND ASSOCIATES
On January 19th, 2021, Attorney Foremen met virtually with Allison Megrath and Brian Teeple, representatives from Kimley-Horn and Associates. The Town has engaged Kimley-Horn to assist with two land use projects; rezoning for the Community Center property and the Comprehensive Plan Amendments to make it possible to improve certain “environmentally sensitive” parcels on the Future Land Use Map (FLUM). Although both of them work on both projects, Mr. Teeple briefed Attorney Foreman on the first issue and Mrs. Megrath on the second.
COMMUNITY CENTER REZONING:
Kimley-Horn was primarily tasked with making sure the land on which the Community Center would be constructed had a “public use” zoning. The paperwork was delayed by the same factors affecting the engineering discussed with Jordan & Associates, North Florida Professional Services.
Because of the lack of clarity and the changing of plans midstream, Kimley-Horn was forced to adjust. At this time, the paperwork is ready and the only thing left to do is having a hearing before the Town’s Planning and Zoning Agency. That hearing has been postponed as Kimley-Horn has been attempting to have both this issue and the next heard at the same hearing; this will save travel costs and fees as it will avoid two trips.
ESA FLUM CHANGES
Kimley-Horn was first approached about how to make certain lots inside the Town’s limits buildable, given the minimum acreage requirements and other restrictions imposed on the ESA zone. As a first step, it was important for them to determine the town’s current, approved Future Land Use Map under the Comprehensive plan. This took some time as it became evident there were many draft maps circulating that caused confusion as to where certain zones had been properly established.
Kimley-Horn has now identified the lots in question and has completed draft amendments to both the Town’s comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations. This will allow for the zoning to remain as-is with changes to the restrictions within that zoning that will authorize additional uses. These items are also ready to go as of December 20, 2020, but Kimley-Horn is awaiting direction to proceed on the Community Center so these items can be set for the same hearing date.