February 28, 2017

4:00 p.m.


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

In attendance: Council Members Lori Boyer (President), Greg Anderson, Danny Becton, Aaron Bowman, Anna Lopez Brosche, Reggie Brown, Doyle Carter, John Crescimbeni, Garrett Dennis, Al Ferraro, Reginald Gaffney, Bill Gulliford, Tommy Hazouri, Jim Love, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg


Also: Paige Johnston and Susan Grandin – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman and Kyle Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens and Philip Zamarron – Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; John Pappas – Public Works Department;   Ali Korman Shelton, Jessica Baker and Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; Kirk Wendland – Office of Economic Development; Mike Weinstein – Finance and Administration Department; Bill Hodges – Jacksonville Children’s Commission; Kurt Wilson – Fire and Rescue Department; Bill Killingsworth and Folks Huxford – Planning and Development Department


Meeting Convened: 4:00 p.m.


PHS Committee: Council Member Newby reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.


NCIS Committee: Council Member R. Brown reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.


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


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


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


LUZ Committee: Council Member Becton reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting,


Council Member Love announced that he would be offering a floor amendment to Ordinance 2017-10 (rezoning on Riverside Avenue) and had Assistant General Counsel Susan Grandin explain the new conditions being proposed on the rezoning. Steve Diebenow representing the applicant requested the addition of one parenthetical statement for the sake of clarity. In response to a question from Council Member Ferraro about whether the project is within the Riverside/Avondale zoning overlay area, Mr. Diebenow said that it is within the historic district but not the zoning overlay. The applicant has agreed that any new construction will be subject to Historic Preservation Commission review, but not does not agree that the existing 1000 Riverside building is subject to such review – that is the purpose of his proposed clarification. Council Member Hazouri declared for the record that he had had ex parte communication on this bill.


President Boyer announced that she would be offering 2 floor amendments. On Ordinance 2016-790 (rezoning on Bishop Gate Lane) she will be offering an amendment to clarify provisions regarding an easement for future construction of a Riverwalk. Wyman Duggan representing applicant indicated his client had no objection to the floor amendment.  Ms. Boyer said that the bill currently provides that either the City or the applicant could build the Riverwalk; new legislation is being prepared for introduction at the next meeting to place the obligation on the developer.


Steve Diebenow asked the council to postpone action tonight on Ordinance 2017-88 (closing and abandoning a portion of the right-of-way of Parramore Road). A decision will be made before the meeting as to whether the bill is re-referred to committee or simply postponed in Council for one cycle.


Council Member Carter announced that he would be offering a floor amendment to Ordinance 2016-807 (rezoning on Panther Creek Parkway) to add additional conditions. Curtis Hart representing the applicant had no objection to the proposed conditions.


President Boyer said that the meeting’s first presentation would be to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Martin Luther King essay contest, and a group picture of the honorees with the full council will be taken.


Special Committee topics for next week’s committees

LUZ: continuation of review of the Zoning Code, specifically development standards for conventional rezonings that might reduce the need for PUD zonings.


TEU: solid waste issues


PHS: citizens uninsured for health care


Finance: continuation of discussion of Children’s Commission grant budgeting processes and transfer authority; delegation of the City Council’s appropriation authority.


Rules: no special meeting next week.



Meeting adjourned: 4:22 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

2.28.17     Posted 5:30 p.m.

Tapes:  Council agenda meeting – LSD