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PLANNING BOARD MINUTES - December 10, 2015

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE PLANNING BOARD MEETING

Village Hall Council Chambers

10050 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores

 

DECEMBER 10, 2015

THURSDAY, 7:00 P.M.

 

 

In Attendance:

Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

David Dacquisto, Director of Planning & Zoning

Mariana Gracia, Clerk

 

 

I) CALL TO ORDER

1) Roll Call

 

Present: Mr. Carlos Diaz, Mr. John Busta, Mr. Sid Reese, Jr., Mr. Robert Abramitis, Chairman Richard Fernandez.

 

 

II) BOARD MEMBER DISCLOSURES

Mr. Abramitis disclosed he had visited tabled item #1, New item #1 and new item #5.

Mr. Diaz disclosed he had visited all the items on the agenda for tonight’s hearing.

Mr. Busta disclosed he had visited all the items on the agenda as well.

Chairman Fernandez disclosed that new item #1 – 861 NE 91 Terrace – there is a reference to a Christopher Fernandez, my son’s name is Christopher – this Christopher is not my son.

 

III) SWEARING IN OF WITNESSES

1) SWEARING IN OF WITNESSES BY VILLAGE ATTORNEY:

“Do you solemnly swear or affirm that the testimony you are about to give will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

 

IV) MINUTES

1) November 12, 2015

There was a Motion to approve by Mr. Busta, seconded by Mr. Reese and the vote was unanimous in favor of the Motion.

 

V) ACTION ITEMS: PUBLIC HEARING

 

1) Florida Friendly Landscaping.

 

Public hearing is open.

Ms. Jean Lee of 30 NW 100 Terrace testified. Ms. Lee mentioned she had sent an email requesting a modification of one sentence in the code. This would allow the residents to have a little bit more of a leeway in planting ground cover particularly under shade. She said that the residents love their shade and they don’t particularly want to trim their trees. The sentence they are asking to change was in section 537 section A (2) where currently the code reads: Ground cover use in lieu of grass shall be of one uniform type through a given lawn area and shall not be permitted to become adulterated with weeds.

Ms. Lee suggested: Ground cover used in lieu of grass may be of multiple species and maintained in a neat and well-kept appearance.

Just that one sentence would mean a lot to the residents Ms. Lee said. Being a Landscape Architect she is constantly dealing with these issues at State, local and Federal level. Where they are all headed with this is to allow more diversity in species planted that would allow more pollinators, wild life to feed on various plants. Ms. Lee said that their intent is to allow more species that will be kept in a neat and attractive manner. It can also be mowed but it also provides these added benefits.

Mr. Sarafan says he received some information he thought he forwarded to Mr. Dacquisto. It was basically what Ms. Lee said. A little bit of a background, well before the last revision of the code we’ve always had a provision for open space to be covered by ground cover. Ground cover speaking in gross generality is defined in the code and in general it could be grass or other types of ground cover that further provides ground covering. It doesn’t have to be grass. Mr. Sarafan says that his understanding of the term grass monoculture is as provided in the code it currently reads: Ground cover use in lieu of grass…. Let me just stop here. You are allowed to use ground cover that’s not grass if it meets the definition of ground cover but ground cover use in lieu of grass shall be of one uniform type. That is the concern that I heard expressed tonight and previously. Which is maybe you could see your way clear to allow us to use more than one uniform type. The concept that they are suggesting is to change that one sentence to allow that. Mr. Sarafan says he thinks this is really about Florida Friendly per say, because if you heard from Staff you hear that our code is not inconsistent with Florida Friendly. You could do Florida Friendly with our code. However, this is a different concern that they are expressing which was expressed in front of the Council as well. It is a tight discreet amendment that they are proposing.

Public hearing is closed.

The Board made comments and questions. Mr. Sarafan asked Ms. Lee to provide a copy of the email she sent. Ms. Lee submitted a copy of the portion of the code being discussed. Chairman Fernandez suggested for Staff to put together a proposed amendment to the code not that we are going to act on it but we need to see what’s surrounding it. Discussion about what Staff is going to provide. Mr. Sarafan says: Consider putting into A (1) which talks about the length of the grass and lawn that you might want to say: or other ground cover. Mr. Dacquisto says that it is actually more involved than that, He has already looked at what needs to be done but there is a ripple effect and when you change one thing in a code it affects other provisions but he understands what needs to be done..

Chairman Fernandez proposed to take this item to our next Workshop. Mr. Sarafan asked the Chair if submitted in advance would the Board consider acting on the different types of ground cover being proposed.

 

Board discussion took place about Workshops coming up.

 

Decks and Hedge height Workshop set for January 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM – Conference Room.

 

Barry University Workshop set for January 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM. - Conference Room.

 

VI) TABLED ITEMS

 

1) PZ-10-15-2015226: 1086 NE 96th Street, (Owner) Ana Rojas, (Applicant) Same, (Agent) Mark Campbell; Pursuant to Articles IV, V and VI of Appendix A Zoning, Sec. 400 Schedule of Regulations and Sec. 600. Site plan review and approval required. One story addition, Garage conversion.

Motion to lift from the table by Mr. Reese, seconded by Mr. Diaz and the vote was unanimous in favor of the Motion.

Mr. Dacquisto provided information relating to the application which includes a one story addition, Garage conversion. Mr. Dacquisto: We heard all the elements dealing with the addition and garage conversion last month. The only outstanding item was the replacement of the garage parking with the additional legal parking on site. Mr. Dacquisto says: that the Board did not like the option that was offered before, Mr. Campbell and I looked at the site to try to come up with parking that would work. They both looked at the option of a circular driveway in the front; given the narrowest of the lot this was not possible. Mr. Dacquisto says: The plan presented today has an T shaped driveway in the front yard. The benefit to this is that the driveway can be narrower not the 24’ wide driveway we were looking at before. It is a better design, better option, it does require you to back into 96th Street but this is the situation when you have parking in the front. Not the best situation but it does work and there is some potential to enter NE 96 th St without backing out if only one car is parked on the driveway with some manuvering. Staff is recommending approval of the one story addition with the garage conversion with the conditions attached. Mr. Mark Campbell of 373 NE 92nd Street was present and wished to present. Mr. Campbell testified that his Client only has one car. Mr. Campbell presented his new design which includes an T shaped driveway in the front. He also said that because of the pool there were some extra measures needed for safety. There is still enough room for a septic system to go in the front in case they need it. The Board asked questions. Mr. Campbell highlights in the plans where the driveway is going to be. He pointed out where the grass will be. Mr. Sarafan asked questions. The maximum allowed hedge height is 2.5. Mr. Busta Motion to approve subject to Staff recommendations, seconded by Mr. Reese and the Motion passed 4-1 with Mr. Abramitis voting against it.

 

VII) NEW ITEMS

 

1) PZ-11-15-2015228: 861 NE 91st Terrace, (Owner) Christopher and Rebecca Fernandez, (Applicant) Same, (Agent) None; Pursuant to Articles IV, V and VI of Appendix A Zoning, Sec. 400 Schedule of Regulations and Sec. 600. Site plan review and approval required. New residence.

Mr. Dacquisto provided information relating to the application which includes a brand new residence. It is a modern design with a flat roof. It exceeds the minimum area requirement. Mr. Dacquisto described the surrounding houses by the proposed plans. There is 3 Bedrooms, 2 baths with an additional bathroom in the main floor. Attached garage which will accommodate two vehicles as required by code, Staff is recommending approval with 14 conditions attached. Mr. Chris Fernandez of 340 West Flagler Street was present along with his wife Rebecca who is the interior designer. The Applicant, Mr. Fernandez proceeded to present. It is a two story addition with privacy screen by the bedroom on the second story. In addition to privacy it also reduces the heat from coming in. The Board asked questions. The Architect, Mr. Fernandez responds with pictures of similar homes in the area. He said that there will not be any additional landscape added to the front of the residence. Chairman Fernandez asked the size of the lot. The Architect, Mr. Fernandez says: 76’ wide X 140’. Chairman Fernandez points out that this is a minimum lot. He expresses concern about proximity to the neighbors and the lack of landscaping. The Board also expressed concern about the lack of landscaping. Chairman Fernandez says: A landscape plan would be appropriate. Mr. Sarafan points out that there is an existing plan that shows the trees that are going to be removed. The Board suggests the Architect get together with Mr. Dacquisto to address landscaping providing more in the front to soften the house from the front street. Motion to table by Mr. Abramitis, seconded by Mr. Diaz and the vote was unanimous in favor of the Motion.

 

2) PZ-11-15-2015230: 465 Grand Concourse, (Owner) Julian & Debra Montero, (Applicant) Same, (Agent) Jorge Nuche; Pursuant to Articles IV, V and VI of Appendix A Zoning, Sec. 400 and Sec. 600. Site plan review and approval required. One-story addition.

Mr. Dacquisto provided information relating to the application which includes a one story addition. The one story addition is approximately 590 square feet. Located in the rear SW corner of the residence, the addition will include a new den and cabana bath. The den itself has a closet and can potentially be utilized as a bedroom. The addition is compatible with the 1950’s residential construction. The design is compatible with the neighboring community and meets code provision. Staff is recommending approval with 10 conditions attached. Architect, Jorge Nuche of 3170 SW 111th Avenue was present to present. Mr. Nuche testified that his Client wished to enhance the back and family area, created a cabana bath so that the kids could come in. Mr. Busta, Motion to approve subject to Staff recommendations. Mr. Reese seconded the Motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the Motion.

 

3) PZ-11-15-2015231: 1481 NE 104th Street, (Owner) James Breen, (Applicant) Same, (Agent) Ana Gutierrez; Pursuant to Articles IV, V and VI of Appendix A Zoning, Sec. 400 and Sec. 600. Site plan review and approval required. One-story addition.

Mr. Dacquisto provided information relating to the application which includes a one story addition. The one story addition is a covered terrace over an existing patio. No additional ground work is necessary and the terrace won’t extend past the concrete pad. The addition is open on three sides. The flat section of the mansard roof is less than 300 square feet. This is an AE9 flood zone so all the requirements for construction in flood zone will apply. The applicant will have to comply with all the requirements of the Building Code as set out by the Building Official. The addition does blend in with the existing architecture of the 1950’s residence. It does meet code requirement. Staff is recommending approval with the conditions as attached. Ana Gutierrez of 1481 NE 104th Street was present and wished to testify. The concrete slab already exists and the owner was a nice shade and a space to relax. The Board asked questions. Ms. Gutierrez responds that they are proposing a 300 square roof. Mr. Abramitis, Motion to approve subject to Staff recommendations. Mr. Busta seconded the Motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the Motion.

 

4) PZ-11-15-2015232: 339 NE 100th Street, (Owner) Glenn Daidone, (Applicant) Same, (Agent) None; Pursuant to Articles IV, V and VI of Appendix A Zoning, Sec. 400 Schedule of Regulations and Sec. 600. Site plan review and approval required. One story addition, Garage conversion.

Mr. Dacquisto provided information relating to the application which includes a one story addition, Garage conversion. The applicant is proposing a garage conversion and to enclose a covered porch that extends between the residence and garage. The Applicant is going to remove part of the existing driveway and will have a circular driveway in front of the residence. The garage door will be removed and a window put in its place so it will be more integrated into the house. There is room to park two cars on site. Staff is recommending approval for the conversion with the 6 conditions that are attached. Harry Sanchez of 4175 SW 98th Court; Mr. Sanchez states that Mr. Dacquisto has provided information relating to the garage conversion and it includes an additional bathroom with a walking closet. Converting the screened porch into a master bedroom a portion of the rear porch into a laundry room; they are doing some interior remodeling to the other side of the house. The Board asked questions. Mr. Dacquisto responds that the Board is looking at the architectural design and zoning compliance of the application. The construction details are left for the Building Official. The Board makes comments. Mr. Dacquisto says that if the Board puts in a condition that the driveway has to be a concrete or brick that is what they have to do. If you just approve a driveway then administratively the Building Official and I will approve what the Building Code and the City will allow and what the City will allow is any of those options. The Board made comments and explains in which situation the Applicant would have to come back to the Board for approval. Mr. Busta, Motion to approve subject to Staff recommendations. Mr. Reese seconded the Motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the Motion.

 

VIII) DISCUSSION

1) Barry University Campus Master Plan – Set for January 21, 2016

 

IX) NEXT WORKSHOP – January 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

1) Deck regulations. Front yard hedge height limit along high traffic streets

 

X) NEXT REGULAR BOARD HEARING – January 28, 2015.

 

XI) ADJOURNMENT