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Planning Commission moves schedule to meet once a month

August 19, 2015
By BRIAN WIERIMA ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel Planning Commission cut its meeting schedule in half by passing a motion to meet once a month, instead of its usual twice a month agenda.

The main reason behind the change is once a month will be more efficient and will allow Planning Department staff time to gather information for meetings and disseminate it out to the commissioners.

"I remember when the City Council moved to meet once a month and it's become more efficient," said Commissioner John Talmage.

Another advantage to meeting once a month is a quorum will be met more consistently, since it lessens conflicts of dates among the commissioners' schedules.

"This will also help the Planning Department's budget in the long run," added Chairman Phillip Marks.

A development permit application was approved by a 7-0 vote to construct an elevated accessory swimming pool and deck which will be higher than seven feet above predevelopment grade at 4585 Waters Edge Lane, which is owned by Waters Edge Sanibel, LLC.

The application includes plans for the demolition of the existing single-family home and construction of a two-story Mediterranean style residence with an attached elevated swimming pool located between the rear of the house and the 1974 Coastal Construction Control Line.

Roy Gibson, Sanibel Senior Planner, said the elevated swimming pool and landscaping proposed at the site, is keeping with the general character and atmosphere of the defined neighborhood for the division.

Gibson added the 20 conditions which were attached to the application, were fully agreed upon by the applicant.

A variance request by Guy and Janice Arvia from 1503 San Carlos Bay Drive, Sanibel, was approved 6-0 by the Planning Commission.

Vice Chair Christopher Heidrick abstained from the vote.

The applicants asked that after-the-fact construction of the lower portion of their new single-family residence's front entry stairway to encroach approximately two feet within the 25-foot front yard setback be included in the variance.

Although the front entry had a minimal safety issue, it did not affect the community in anyway, said Guy Arvia.

"It was an inadvertent problem, in which we caught late (in the process)," Arvia said.

The miscalculation was a reasonable mistake and was "minor".

"The seven criteria (in the variance) was met in every reasonable way," Marks said. "It was an inadvertent mistake."

The variance was approved, with an attachment that the decision will not set a precedence in future variance decisions.

Planning Director Jim Jordan said in his report, that the property owner at 2330 Palm Ridge Road projected to start repairs and clean up to address past violations, which was set forth by the City of Sanibel.



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