AUGUST 13, 2013


THE JOINT WORKSHOP OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND TOWN CENTER CRA of the City of Port Orange was called to order by Mayor Allen Green at 6:17 p.m.


Pledge of Allegiance


Silent Invocation



Roll Call:                    Present:                     Ben Talluto

Bob Ford

                                                                        Drew Bastian

Dennis Kennedy

                                                                        Donald Burnette

                                                                        Allen Green


                                    Absent:                      Suzette Blahnik


                                    Also Present:            Gregory A. Kisela, City Manager

                                                                        Margaret T. Roberts, City Attorney

                                                                        Robin Fenwick, City Clerk




4.    Riverwalk Presentation


Buddy LaCour, Representing Halifax River Partners, Port Orange Marina & River Boat, LLC, and LaCour & Company, provided background details of the Riverwalk project.


Member Talluto asked for details on Mr. LaCour’s interest in the partners. Mr. LaCour explained his involvement in the companies he is representing. 


Parker Mynchenburg, P.E., provided details of the current plan for the properties owned by the entities represented by Mr. LaCour.


Councilman Kennedy asked about surface parking and underground water management. Mr. Mynchenburg provided details of the proposed retention facility, parking, and underground stormwater.


Councilman Bastian asked if the marina will be open to the public or just for the condo owners. Mr. LaCour advised that the plan is for it to be a public marina. He is committed to moving forward with the land he owns and controls. He is open to working with the City to close Halifax Drive and work on the City’s park ideas. His problem is the timeline for it. He wants to move forward with or without the City.


Vice Mayor Burnette asked if restaurant parking would be to the West of the condominiums and closing Halifax Drive. Mr. Mynchenberg said no, there are 30 parking spots on the point and a 50 foot right of way will be given to the City.  They have agreed to donate the right of way. Mr. LaCour advised that a solution is in the property to the south (the current Adult Center) and providing drop off areas. They are providing 800 parking spots.


Councilman Ford asked how high the condominium buildings will be. Mr. Mynchenberg said 15 levels of residential and 2 levels of parking. Councilman Ford doesn’t agree with the project itself but understands it’s up to the property owners. He asked that Staff provide a park plan.


Member Talluto asked if the project is a PUD. Wayne Clark, Community Development Director, advised that it has Planned Community Zoning on the site, which is a base zoning district designed to have details worked out as a project came online. It has general boundaries and restrictions, but no details with the plans. Member Talluto asked about the building heights. Mr. Clark said the project meets the building heights. The base zoning was approved by Council in 2007.


Jim Morris, Attorney for Applicants, reiterated the intention of the developers and the plans on the properties currently owned by them. They prefer to have the City/CRA support and to move forward with the City/CRA.   


Consensus of Council/CRA is to develop a park at the old trailer park and they want Halifax Drive closed.


Margaret Roberts, City Attorney, said the City has a formal process available for review and consideration of development plans and to obtain Council’s approval, the developer will need to initiate the application process.


Mr. Kisela confirmed Council/CRA’s direction to work with the developer to close Halifax Drive to make the project better and provide renderings for a park design.


Ted Noftall, citizen, asked Council/CRA to encourage the Developer to move forward. He doesn’t want to see them return to endless negotiations and public concessions. He doesn’t agree with public participation in the development.


Corey Berman, citizen, expressed concerns regarding roads for delivery trucks and emergency vehicles. He asked if the Fire Department is equipped for a 170 foot tall building. Councilman Bastian said fire trucks are not made with ladders that tall.


Mayor Green said all of the issues discussed are workable. Mr. Kisela advised the issues must be planned out.


Mark Schaeffer, citizen, suggested traffic flows and issues be considered with the development. Mayor Green said the traffic issues are included in the plans and discussions.


Next meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on August 27, 2013 for further Riverwalk discussions.


ADJOURNMENT: 7:30 p.m.



                                                                                    Mayor Allen Green





Robin L. Fenwick, CMC, City Clerk