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COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager 
DATE:April  10, 2019
 



SUBJECT:REFERRAL TO THE PLANNING BOARD - PROPOSED ORDINANCE REDUCING PARKING REQUIREMENTS IN THE COLLINS PARK NEIGHBORHOOD TO INCENTIVIZE DEVELOPMENT.

RECOMMENDATION

The Administration recommends that the City Commission refer the attached ordinance to the Planning Board for review and recommendation.

ANALYSIS

HISTORY

On March 13, 2019, at the request of Commissioner Ricky Arriola, the City Commission referred the discussion item to the Land Use and Development Committee (Item C4Y). On April 3, 2019, the Land Use Committee discussed the item and recommended that the City Commission refer the attached ordinance to the planning board.

 

BACKGROUND

Attached is the current parking utilization report for the Collins Park area, prepared by the Parking Department. This report includes on-street parking and surface lots, and depicts utilization trends over time. Additionally, letters of support from affected stakeholders in the Collins Park area are attached.

 

PLANNING ANALYSIS

The attached draft ordinance was prepared by a property owner within the Collins Park area, and proposes strategic reductions in off-street parking requirements, as well as a reduction in the minimum hotel unit sizes, for properties located within the Convention Center District, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Washington Avenue on the west, 23rd Street on the north and 17th Street on the south.

 

In this regard, the proposal would reduce the minimum unit size for hotel units to a minimum of 200 square feet. Currently, the minimum unit size for hotel units is between 300 and 335 square feet.  Additionally, the proposed ordinance creates parking district no. 9, and sets forth the following minimum off-street parking requirements for this district, as follows:

 

1.     Hotel units: No parking requirement.

 

2.     Restaurant, outdoor café or bar: No parking requirement for an individual establishment of less than 100 seats, provided that the restaurant, outdoor café, or bar use is within 1,200 feet of any parking garage, whether public or private.  If a restaurant, outdoor café or bar exceeds 100 seats, the parking requirement shall be one space for every four seats or bar stools or one space per 60 square feet of space not used for seating in excess of the foregoing limitation.

 

3.     Retail store, or food store, or personal service establishment:  There shall be no parking requirement for individual establishments of 2,500 square feet or less, whether as a primary or accessory use, provided that the use is within 1,200 feet of any parking garage, whether public or private.  If the use exceeds 2,500 square feet, the parking requirement shall be one space for every 300 square feet of floor area in excess of the foregoing limitation.

 

4.     Any building or structure erected in parking district no. 9 may provide required parking on site as specified in parking district no. 1. Such required parking, if provided, shall be exempt from FAR, in accordance with the regulations specified in chapter 114 of these land development regulations.

 

The administration is supportive of the proposed reduction in the minimum unit size for hotels, particularly since the district contains a number of historic structures, and is within walking distance of the recently renovated convention center. With regard to the proposed parking regulations, the administration is supportive of the creation of parking district no. 9, as well as the proposed minimum parking requirements in the draft ordinance.

 

In order to provide a more streamlined review process, and allow for regulations that can be applied and administered more effectively, at the April 3, 2019 LUDC meeting, the administration proposed the following modifications for the parking requirements in district 9:

 

·       Restaurant, outdoor café or bar: No parking requirement for an individual establishment of less than 100 200 seats, provided that the restaurant, outdoor café, or bar use is within 1,200 feet of any parking garage, whether public or private.  If a restaurant, outdoor café or bar exceeds 100 200 seats, the parking requirement shall be one space for every four seats or bar stools or one space per 60 square feet of space not used for seating in excess of the foregoing limitation. Such parking may be satisfied by paying an annual fee in lieu of providing the required parking in an amount equal to two percent of the total amount due for all the uses within the proposed building.

 

·       Retail store, or food store, or personal service establishment:  There shall be no parking requirement for individual establishments of 2,500 5,000 square feet or less, whether as a primary or accessory use, provided that the use is within 1,200 feet of any parking garage, whether public or private.  If the use exceeds 2,500 5,000 square feet, the parking requirement shall be one space for every 300 square feet of floor area in excess of the foregoing limitation. Such parking may be satisfied by paying an annual fee in lieu of providing the required parking in an amount equal to two percent of the total amount due for all the uses within the proposed building.

 

The LUDC was supportive of these proposed modifications recommended by staff, and they have been incorporated into the draft ordinance for referral.

 

As noted in the background section, the demand for parking within the existing area has trended downward. Additionally, the completion of the Collins Park Garage on 23rd Street will provide additional off-street parking. As any new construction utilizing the reductions herein is not expected to become operational until, or after the completion of the Collins Park garage, the administration does not anticipate any negative impacts associated with the reduced parking requirements proposed.

CONCLUSION

The Administration recommends that the City Commission refer the attached ordinance to the Planning Board for review and recommendation.
Legislative Tracking
Planning
Sponsor
Commissioner Ricky Arriola

ATTACHMENTS:
Description
Referral ORD
Letter of Support 1
Letter of Support 2