City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall

November 28, 2017

4:00 p.m.


Location: City Council Chamber, City Hall – St. James Building; 117 West Duval Street,

In attendance: Council Members Anna Lopez Brosche (President), Greg Anderson, Danny Becton, Aaron Bowman, Lori Boyer, Katrina Brown (arr. 4:05), Doyle Carter (arr. 4:02), John Crescimbeni (arr. 4:02), Garrett Dennis, Al Ferraro, Reggie Gaffney (arr. 4:05), Tommy Hazouri, Jim Love, Joyce Morgan, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg, Scott Wilson


Also: Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston and Susan Grandin – Office of General Counsel; Kyle Billy and Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens – Legislative Services Division; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Ali Korman and Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; John Pappas and Lin White – Public Works Department; Joey Greive and Angela Moyer – Finance Department; Bill Killingsworth and Folks Huxford – Planning and Development Department; Laura Stagner – Neighborhoods Department


Meeting Convened: 4:00 p.m.


President Brosche called the meeting to order and asked for the committee reports.


Finance Committee: Council Member Dennis reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.


NCSPHS Committee: Council Member Newby reported that all of the committee’s actions had been covered.


TEU Committee: Council Member Ferraro reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.


LUZ Committee: Council Member Schellenberg reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting, noting that the committee had voted to remand 2017-673 (Appeal by GV-IP Jacksonville Owner, LLC, of Final Decision by DIA Upholding the Downtown Dev Review Bd Approval w/Conditions of DDRB Appl 2016-015) back to the DDRB for a rehearing and ruling based on 5 specific criteria.


Rules Committee: Council Member Carter reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.


Several council members asked for clarification about the LUZ Committee’s recommendation on 2017-673. Council Member Boyer explained the progression of the appeal from the original decision by the Downtown Design Review Board to the Downtown Investment Authority Board and then to the Council via the LUZ Committee, and said that the decisions by DDRB and DIA did not contain specific findings relating to the 5 criteria upon which such decisions are required to be based. The LUZ Committee, which could not hear any new evidence but had to rely solely on the factual record developed by DDRB and DIA, did not find sufficient competent evidence on which to make a decision on the appeal and so remanded the matter for a rehearing and the development of findings on the required criteria. Council Member Schellenberg noted that after the remand the decision of the DDRB will be final; any further appeal would not come to the City Council but go directly to court.


Council Member Schellenberg pointed out that, despite the Council Rules limiting resolution presentations at the start of the meeting to no more than 2 per meeting, the agenda of the last meeting had 4 presentations as does tonight’s agenda. He urged adherence to the Council Rules. President Brosche reported that various council members had requested waivers of that rule in these instances, which she granted because the agendas for those meetings did not appear to be lengthy. She said that the waiver to allow additional presentations beyond the 2 permitted by rule will not become a regular practice.


Meeting adjourned: 4:12 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research Division

11.28.17     Posted 5:00 p.m.

Tapes:  Council agenda meeting – LSD