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At the July 13th City Commission meeting, the Commission approved a moratorium on all new development applications and pending applications regarding Mediterranean bonuses through, at least, the August 24th Commission meeting.
The measure was presented by Commission Rhonda Anderson and led to a two hour discussion, including a question and answer period with former chair of the City’s Board of Architects Felix Pardo.
Anderson’s proposal originally called for a 120 day moratorium in order to allow for the creation of a blue ribbon committee to review the Mediterranean bonus ordinance and process.
The other members of the Commission were reluctant to go along with a 120 day moratorium. In fact, they did not want one at all.
However, Anderson and Pardo were able to convince the Commission that if a moratorium was not enacted during the blue ribbon committee’s review, developers would be allowed to start new applications with a process and regulations that could be changing during this process.
The Commission preferred a month-to-month approach, but requested that a blue ribbon committee begin working as soon as possible
Blue Ribbon Committee
The Commission voted to create a blue ribbon committee made up of 7 members. Pardo (appointed by Anderson) Glenn Pratt (a current member of the Board of Architects who was recommended by Pardo and appointed by the Commission-as-a-whole), the City Architect and architects appointed by the remaining four members of the Commission. Pardo offered to send Commissioners a list of suggested names for their consideration.
The committee is slated to hold its first meeting on Monday, July 19th and report back to the Commission at the August 24th meeting.