Planning, Zoning and Building Director Monica Simpson told the Longboat Key Town Commission Monday, June 7, that the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s $400 million Islandside renovation-and-expansion project is not a cohesive development site and “too drastically” departs from the town’s zoning code.
When the Islandside hearing resumed Monday at Temple Beth Israel, Simpson gave a presentation that reviewed the application and the 21 departures the club is requesting.
Said Simpson: “I have no objection principally in the general mix of land uses being proposed. But the magnitude of land uses causes me some concern.”
Town special counsel attorney Nancy Stroud made the next presentation, warning the Town Commission that Simpson’s testimony should be given “great weight” when considering the project.
“I would advise that if there is competing evidence or interpretation of the code, you really should remember the courts will give greater weight to the staff’s interpretation because the director is considered an expert in the code,” Stroud said.
For more information on Monday’s hearing, pick up a copy of the Thursday, June 10, edition of The Longboat Observer and check for updates on www.YourObserver.com.
Contact Kurt Schultheis at email@example.com.
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- Ms. Simpson's responsibility is as a professional planner to provide analysis on whether development proposals are appropriate from a planning standpoint and whether they are consistent with the Town Code and Comprehensive Plan. In the case of the Club's proposal it is abundantly clear that the plan is grossly non-compliant. Her comments and recommendations point out this fact and are quite appropriate.
- ta ta now...I think Simpson is in touch every step of the way. Big developers hate the word "NO" Happy to know carpet is on the floor during these meetings. Just in case temper tantrums are thrown. Don't want a head injury do we?????
- COMPLETELY out of touch!! "Lost" would be a better terminology! Judge and Jury is the role she is attempting to play. Obviously, the Town Commission needs to put on their "Big Boy/Girls " pants on and get this project moving!!!
- Simpson is just plain out of touch with the importance of the Key Club expansion.
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