TOWN CENTER CRA SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
COUNCIL CHAMBERS Ė CITY HALL
1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE
JANUARY 28, 2014
THE TOWN CENTER CRA SPECIAL MEETING of the City of Port Orange was called to order by Chairman Allen Green at 7:35 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call:††††††††††††††††††† Present:†††††††† †††††††††† Member Bob Ford
Member Dennis Kennedy
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Member Donald Burnette
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Chairman Allen Green
Absent:††††††††††††††††††††† Member Suzette Blahnik
Also Present:††††††††††† Greg Kisela, City Manager
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Margaret T. Roberts, City Attorney
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Robin Fenwick, City Clerk
4. Request by E.V. LaCour, Managing Partner for Port Orange Riverwalk, LLP and Halifax River Partners, LLC for the Town Center CRA to authorize the City Manager to sign as the property owner on Development Applications related to the proposed Riverwalk Marina, Riverboat Restaurant, and Condominium and mixed-use project
Mr. Kisela provided details of the item. The CRA is the owner of the funeral home so authorization would be required from the CRA Board.
Member Talluto asked if this is a normal procedure. Mr. Kisela said this is part of the property exchange. Authorizing this item does not obligate the CRA or the City. Member Talluto has a concern with one person having the sole authority. He would prefer it to be two people authorized.
Margaret Roberts, City Attorney, advised this approval will allow the developer to move forward to bring a plan to the Council and CRA.
Mayor Green said the acquisition of all of the properties in this area were to be able to trade, sell, etc. for other properties to build the park. He doesnít believe the funeral home is in the right place for the overall development.
Member Ford asked why the properties arenít swapped prior to the zoning changes. He feels confused and doesnít understand why things are moving this way. Mr. Kisela explained that this will allow the property to be included in their site plan which will then be reviewed by the CRA and City Council. Member Ford believes the trading should happen first.†
Buddy LaCour, represents the developing companies, agreed with Member Ford that this process is confusing. He explained this authorization does not obligation the CRA or the City. This will allow them to move forward with the site plan. The site plan will come back to the CRA and the City. He is not asking them to rezone or sell the property. This is how to get to the next step.
Member Burnette asked if the Mayor and City Manager can sign rather than just the City Manager. Mr. Kisela said yes.
Ms. Roberts explained the steps to get to the site plan.
Mr. Kisela believed the Council and CRA would want to see the site plan before swapping properties.
Mr. LaCour believes Council and CRA members will see a better plan and product when all of the steps Ms. Roberts explained.
Member Kennedy doesnít understand why they canít move forward with the property swap. He asked for assurance from Ms. Roberts that there is nothing binding them regarding this property.
Member Talluto asked if two people can sign rather than one. Mr. Kisela and Ms. Roberts both said yes, if the CRA members prefer and vote as such.
Ms. Roberts recommended the signors to issue their approval on behalf of the CRA and reference that it is not binding on the CRA and is limited to 3571 Ridgewood Avenue.
Motion to approve the request with the addition of the Mayor signing with the City Manager was made by Member Burnette limited to the 3571 Ridgewood Avenue and that this is not binding on the remaining members of the CRA was made by Member Burnette, and Seconded by Member Kennedy.
Corey Berman, citizen, asked how the lease with the funeral home is affected by the property swap. He suggested the City Attorney and the developerís attorney discuss the lease.
Mr. Noftall believes there are more legal, engineering, and development issues. He asked that Council get a checklist of whatís needed before the project can be accomplished. Mr. Kisela said a schedule has been provided already.††
Motion carried by roll call vote 4-1, with Member Ford voting no.††
4. Public Comments
There were none.
5. CRA Comments
Member Burnette asked for the format and agenda for the workshop for February 1, 2014. Mr. Kisela advised that it is designed to be a public participation and public comment workshop.
Member Ford explained his concerns with the Riverwalk project. Chairman Green disagreed with Member Fordís concerns. The plan must be the beginning point. Then the issues will be addressed. Member Talluto wants more code enforcement on the eastside of the City.
ADJOURNMENT: 8:09 p.m.
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