LUZ Special Committee Meeting

March 7, 2017

4:45 p.m.


Topic: Conventional Zoning: How to reduce PUDs and utilize more conventional zoning?


Location: City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall – St. James Building, 117 West Duval Street


In attendance: Council Members Danny Becton (Chair), Jim Love, Al Ferraro, Reggie Gaffney, Joyce Morgan, Doyle Carter (arr. 4:55p)


Also: Folks Huxford, Bruce Lewis, and Kristen Reed – Planning & Development Department; Susan Grandin – Office of General Counsel; Dan MacDonald – ECA Dist. 11; Crystal Shemwell – Legislative Services Division; Yvonne P. Mitchell – Research Division


Meeting Convened: 4:50 p.m.


Chairman Becton called the meeting to order. The topic was presented by Ms. Susan Grandin.

She reviewed previous PUDs to determine what factors are primary concerns for residents, and are generally applied to the PUD by the committee. One of the main factors is buffers. The committee received a handout with Zoning Code excerpts from other cities in Florida related to buffers, lighting, noise, and site design criteria.


Ms. Grandin requested the committee consider developing a standard to address buffers in regards to uncomplimentary land use next to each other. The handout provides details about the types of buffers as it relates to material, depth, and other specifications. Current buffer provisions are located in the Zoning Code, Sec. 656.416. Ms. Grandin reviewed the handout and highlighted certain criteria and illustrations from the other cities to consider. For purposes of clarification, the addition of a standard for incompatible land use buffers will minimize the dependency of PUDs and assist neighborhoods with being more amenable to development.


In response to an inquiry about PUDs, Ms. Grandin stated that historically Jacksonville utilizes PUDs more than other Florida cities. Currently, there are over 2,000 separate PUDs in Jacksonville which have to be enforced. Therefore, adding the condition requiring the lead horizontal and lead vertical officials to sign off on completion of PUD conditions ensures requirements have been met prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy.


CM Gaffney is interested in possible legislation that will allow the district Council member to have input on the decisions on what type of shrubbery and other landscaping materials used in buffers on streets and right-of-ways. This topic will need to be further vetted with Planning & Development Department and Office of General Counsel.


In response to comments regarding visual depictions, Mr. Huxford stated that graphics and matrixes are used in other parts of the Code. Therefore, the PDD would begin to draft some illustrations.


CM Gaffney requested the committee review internet cafes and liquor stores in an upcoming meeting. After some discussion, Mr. Huxford shared that Mr. Killingsworth has been working in a concept of a special category in overused zoning codes that would have to come before LUZ instead to the Planning Commission. This would allow for the district Council member to have greater input on the usage.  As it pertains to internet cafes and liquor stores, Chairman Becton requested Council Members Gaffney and Morgan to have a notice meeting with the OGC and PDD to begin discussions for possible legislation.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.


Meeting Adjourned:  5:39 p.m.


Minutes: Yvonne P. Mitchell, Council Research

                03.13.17   Posted 1:00 p.m.


Tapes:  LUZ Special Meeting– LSD



Materials: LUZ Special Committee Handouts