THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
FOR PORT ORANGE TOWN CENTER
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE
OCTOBER 11, 2011
THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN CENTER REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY was called to order by Chairman Allen Green at 5:30 P.M.
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation – Silent
ROLL CALL: Present: Ben Talluto
Bob Pohlmann (arrived at 6:00pm)
Chairman Allen Green
Also Present: Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager
Margaret Roberts, City Attorney
Donna Steinebach, Assistant to the City Manager
Robin Fenwick, Deputy City Clerk
4. History of the Riverwalk Project Area
Donna Steinebach, Assistant to the City Manager, presented an overview of the Riverwalk Project beginning with 1980 and moving through the most recent concepts and actions of the CRA. An RFP was issued in June 2011 and there were some inquiries after the RFP was issued.
5. Overview of Permitted Uses and Development Requirements
Wayne Clark, Community Development Director, discussed the permitted uses and development requirements with the CRA Board. He advised that the comp plan and zoning codes were designed based on the 2005 plan.
6. Developer Presentations and Public Participation
Buddy Lacour, representing Port Orange Riverwalk, LLC and Halifax River Projects, gave a presentation: Port Orange Master Park Plan. Mr. Lacour discussed a new proposal that his groups are prepared to complete with the City.
Suzette Blahnik agrees with Mr. Lacour. Member Kennedy likes the idea of a bowling alley at Riverwalk. Discussion was held on timeframes to move on Mr. Lacour’s proposal.
Chairman Green asked the CRA if they are willing to get things moving to make the necessary changes to the current comp plan and zoning codes. Mr. Parker explained that the CRA plans drive the regulations, not the other way around. Questions to be answered today are: are the ideas presented where the CRA wants to go. Staff can prepare the documents for the necessary changes, if this is the direction the CRA agrees with.
Chairman Green asked if there were any other developers who would like to make a presentation to the CRA Board. There were none.
Chairman Green asked for public comments. Brendan Galbreath agrees with Mr. Lacour, but does not support giving land to a developer. He wants the City/CRA to give clear direction to Staff so they can proceed with the changes to the codes, comp plan, etc. He would like to see how much tax would be generated with the plan from Mr. Lacour. He believes some tweaking and the plan will work.
Jack Wiles also agrees with the concept but doesn’t like the amount of parking provided by the City. He feels tweaking is needed relating to the parking.
Ted Noftall asked what the City commitment is with this concept. Mayor Green said that will come out with the details. The only item being voted or decided tonight is direction to Staff to change the zoning and comp plan to be more flexible. Mr. Noftall asked whether another RFP needs to be done. Attorney Roberts advised that the State provides direction relating to RFP’s being necessary, not the attorney’s office.
7. CRA Member Comments
All members are agreeable to Staff making changes to the zoning and comp plan as necessary to allow more flexibility.
Member Pohlmann likes the idea of a Walgreens on the corner, he likes the City park ideas. He is happy with surface parking rather than parking garages.
Member Kennedy believes development in the Riverwalk area will help move the entire area.
Member Blahnik agrees with Member Kennedy. Being a business owner in the Town Center area, she wants to see businesses move into that area so others don’t move out.
Chairman Green wants to cautiously move forward.
Member Blahnik asked about the deadline for the ECHO grants. Mr. Parker advised that the grants will be placed on the agenda for October 18, 2011.
Mr. Lacour thanked the CRA for their time and believes with some massaging an agreement will happen.
ADJOURNMENT: 7:37 P.M.
Chairman Allen Green