New Developments on Hutchinson Island
As you can see by the number of new signs up and down A1A, the island appears to have a flurry of residential development activity. PC Board members are meeting with the County Planning Staff and the Commissioners to help ensure that the needs of both the developers and island residents are understood and addressed. We are now also receiving information on development concepts earlier in the process, so that public input can be presented at the most effective time. The goal is to help ensure that the unique characteristics of the island are incorporated with all future growth plans.
At the SLC BOCC meeting December 15th, the Commissioners discussed the need to ensure appropriate consideration of the evolving environment, especially in light of climate change and the impact on sea level rise, as well as design requirements based on changing customer demands, when reviewing the plans. Commissioners plan to have further discussion at a future BOCC Informal Meeting.
We are also pleased to announce that representatives of the SLC Planning Staff, in addition to Commissioner Mitchell, will be among the guest speakers at the PC member meeting in January, which will provide another opportunity for SHI owners to learn more about the new development review process (see below for more details).
Development project updates are shared on the website (https://www.pcofhi.com/updates/category/governmental-affairs). The next update will be in January.
Atlantic Wellness: The May 2019 approval for PNRD (planned non-residential development) and Conditional Use permit for 4 Building / 200 patient Specialty Hospital was extended to July 5, 2021 based upon a request in accordance with Florida State Statutes and Executive Order of the Governor. This extension is independent of any eligible extension due to the appeal and associated tolling period, where applicable. No additional permits requested.
Updated 10/2020. 42’ Height Variance for 2 buildings approved by Board of Adjustment 7/2018. 6/2019 - Dr Cindy Wasserman and Gary Cicalese filed a lawsuit against SLC for authorizing the project site plan. 9/2020 - SLC’s request for Final Summary Judgment on lack of genuine issues of material fact was denied for two counts, granted on one issue, with the fourth allegation administratively dismissed. Non-jury trial is scheduled for 1/21/21.
Baron Island Storage Conditional Use: Project is a self-storage facility consisting of 77 enclosed air-conditioned single-story units within 6 buildings and associated parking, drainage, etc. on west side of A1A. BOCC Meeting on 6/2/2020 approved the Conditional Use permit for the self-storage facility. Updated 10/2020. Corrected / Amended site plan submitted for Administrative staff review on 9/30/20. Anticipate Building Permit application.
Cielo Beach (No Hutchinson Island): Potential 55 bed hotel & restaurant project has presented a petition for change in land use RH to Commercial and zoning to PNRD along with preliminary concept to amend Land Development Code to add “Height Zone C” - up to 65ft. Amendment would follow LDC 11.06.03 Standards of Review. SLC staff is reviewing, with no opinion or recommendation formulated at this time. It is unclear of any potential impact on So Hutchinson Island.
Updated 10/30/2020. PC board members met with SLC staff to better understand the preliminary concept for the Amendment adding a new Height Zone C, and any potential impact this would have on SHI. The Staff will continue to keep PC informed on the progress of the review.
Hutchinson Sands: 28 acres located ¼ mi south of Frederick Douglass park and north of Atlantic Wellness off Terrapin Drive, east of A1A. The 4 building, 92-unit Site Plan approved in 7/2016 is active through 11/25/2025.
Updated 10/2020: 2/2016 Board of Adjustment approved 42’ height variance.
Marisol: Major Site Plan approved in 10/2013 for a 5 building, 106 unit residential development located on 13 acres East of SR A1A approximately 3.3 miles north of Martin County, is active until May 22, 2024. The proposed Major Adjustment to the Marisol Major Site Plan, and renamed “Sand & Sea”, for conversion to a 18 lot single family subdivision was withdrawn in January 2020.
Updated 10/2020. 42’ Height Variance for 3 buildings approved by Board of Adjustment 7/2012. Next step is Construction Plan review (utilities, drainage & parking).
Added 10/2020 Majestic Bay: 10251 S Ocean Drive, just north of Bay Tree / Pepper Lane, west of A1A.
Property Owner: Dap Dhaduk 7 LLC; Agent Matthew Madrazo / Civitella, LLC. Site plan approved in 2002 for 13 single family homes. Pre-Application meeting on 10/15/20 to discuss amended site plan for 23 townhomes in 4 buildings (5-7 units / building) on 11.8 acres (4.7 acres upland). Also included: pool, amenity facility, docks on the river, supplemental storage and a 2002 beach access easement.
Updated 10/15/20 Information from Pre-application meeting: Plan requires zoning change from HIRD to PUD and height variance from 35ft to 42ft through Board of Adjustment prior to site plan submittal. Docks to require wetland impact information.
OceanGlass Residences (formerly Tailers’ Cove/Sailor's Cove/ SeaGlass): PUD Site Plan Amendment proposing 29 townhomes on 14 acres west of S. A1A across from Atlantis submitted 7/2020, where 24 were previously approved as Tailers’ Cove (29 does not exceed maximum allowed).
Updated 10/2020. Board of Adjustment approved 42’ height variance on 9/29/20. SLC planning staff awaiting minor adjustments / corrections to proposed site plan amendment before submitting to BOCC.
Added 10/20/20 Sea Oats / Paradise Villas: Formal site plan application for 4 units in 2 buildings on 0.85 acre south of Island Village west of A1A, is pending with Development Review Committee, requiring action from SLC Planning Director as to approval / denial. Property in the process of being sold with anticipation of design alterations.
Added 10/20/20 - Sopotnick Concept Plan (Formerly Kristen Cove)- 10 acre site on Aqua Ra Drive: During pre-application meeting with Development Review Committee on 10/1/2020, prospective owner proposed project started as 4 single family units (or 4 units via two duplexes), but focused on process and fewer requirements for a single 2 unit duplex (possibly pre-fab on stilts), which would fall under residential building permit requirements, using 1 acre of existing upland and possibly ZERO wetland encroachment as long as set-back is accommodated. Conversation inferred that there is no public comment on approval of 2-unit residential building permit. SLC planning staff awaiting formal site plan application.
Sunset Beach PUD. 32 acres located ¼ mile north of Middle Cove Beach, East of A1A (south of Atlantic Wellness with wooden bridge entrance) being developed into 43 single family lots. Site plan expiring in 2019 has been automatically extended. Updated 10/2020: Road, drainage and utilities required (built or escrowed) prior to plat application to sub-divide lots.
County Port Master Plan. Update included at PlanPortFP.com
*Projects listed in alphabetical order. For further details on any of the projects, go to the St Lucie County website. Information on upcoming meeting agendas can be viewed on the County Calendar website.
Planning & Development Meetings:
Development Review Committee: consists of Engineering, Public Works, Building Code, School, Health, Fire Sheriff.
Several new projects have been added to the County’s New Development listing. The projects are in various phases and continue to be progressing through the SLC Planning & Development Dept. We will request to be placed on the County Planning & Development meetings agenda distribution list to ensure that we are notified of any development project that is located on the Island. We appreciate all of Kori Benton’s efforts, Sr Planner-SLC Planning & Development, to keep us informed on the progress of these projects. The details for all of the projects are being finalized in the next week, and will be placed on the PC website, Governmental Affairs Committee page.
Summary of the September 15th Membership Meeting
Guest Speaker: Capt. Paul Langel, SLC Fire Dept. (BDA-bio-directional amplifier survey and code requirements for high rise buildings)
Capt. Langel provided background information, Florida statute and code requirements and future timelines. This legislation addressed issues in communication coverage discovered by first responders during 9/11. The April 27, 2020 letter (attached to this email and available on pcofhi.com, Governmental Affairs Committee) from the SLC Fire Dept. provides more details on deadliness and those impacted by the requirements. It is unknown at this time if there will be any changes in the process or deadlines during the next legislative session.
Capt. Langel emphasized the need to be proactive and this meeting was meant to help build awareness of the process/resources available. To ensure that your Association receives all current information from the Fire Dept., contact Kelly Machado, Assistant to Capt. Langel at 772-621-3322 to ensure that current email addresses are provided. Capt. Langel’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, in attendance was Josh Franklin from Signal Corp 561-699-8748, email@example.com. Signal Communications performs the surveys for the Associations.
Additional information provided during the discussion:
· Legislation applies to buildings 75’ at the highest occupiable space.
· Deadlines included in April 27th letter from Capt. Langel. (available on pcofhi.com)
· Process improvements are for the safety of the first responders and the residents.
· Lack of communication coverage is attributable to the type of construction of the high rises, in addition to the location of the signal.
· Solutions for the Associations to improve the coverage is costly and various alternative options to improving it at a broader level were discussed. (i.e. add a new site; strategic antennas on the building roofs; add an amplifier to the fire trucks). Capt. Langel advised that the Fire Dept has all updated radios and signal boosters.
Capt. Langel’s openness and willingness to work closely with us is greatly appreciated. PC Board will continue to look for alternative solutions, connect with expert resources and communicate new information to the membership as it becomes available.
August 18, 2020 Meeting SummaryGuest Speaker: Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Governing Board Member South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). (website: sfwmd.gov)
Charles Grande introduced and welcomed Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch to the meeting. The two have worked together over the years on water related issues in the area.
Ms. Thurlow-Lippisch launched into her discussion by explaining the organization’s structure, reporting relationship, and the direction. It is composed of 5 Districts with the South being the oldest. The current problems with Lake O were placed in context by explaining the history of the development in the state since 1923. (Meeting presentation is available on the PC website, Governmental Affairs Committee.)
SFWMD began a new journey in 2019, when the Governor replaced all of the board members and the current mission was developed. For the first time “to safeguard and restore South Florida’s water resources” was included in the mission. Governor DeSantis 2019 Executive Order 19.12 outlines the new strategic plan and is useful to review in order to gain a better understanding of the direction.
The SFWMD projects all tend to be long term efforts and the 3 significant projects were described: the EAA reservoir, C44 reservoir, and C-43 reservoir. Funding for all of the efforts was also explained and more information is included in the presentation slides, including other major project timelines.
Ms. Thurlow-Lippisch was asked what we, as interested residents, can do to support water resources efforts. “Become an advocate!” was the reply. She further explained the need to build relationships with elected officials, speak out during public meetings and voice what’s important to you.
Additional questions from participating PC members were discussed, including one on the Lake O height schedule (LORS). The criteria for determining the level now considers “Human Health & Safety” impacts, along with agricultural needs. The Army Corp manages the Lake level and SFWMD is the local sponsor.
Ms. Thurlow-Lippisch’s enthusiasm and passion are infectious. We all took away information that we can share with others to support the effort to improve the water quality in our area.
As you may be aware, the first weekend in August there was a water main break that required repair and a precautionary boil water notice went into effect for South Hutchinson island. At that time, the normal alert process was put in effect by notifying the press, posting on the FPUA website and Facebook page. Since some were unaware of the alert, FPUA suggests that your Association can be placed on the customer notification list in order to be notified directly. If you would like to be placed on the list for future alerts, contact: Jann Widmayer, FPUA Community Relations Manager firstname.lastname@example.org .
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