P&Z suggests revisions


P&Z suggests revisions


Date: November 18, 2009
by: Kurt Schultheis | City Editor


It’s not decision time just yet.

The Planning and Zoning Board hasn’t made up its mind on whether to recommend the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Islandside renovation and expansion project to the Town Commission, but it agreed the application can be approved.

At its Tuesday, Nov. 17 public hearing (the sixth day of public hearings) at Temple Beth Israel, the eight board members in attendance voted 7-1 to move forward with discussing the project. Planning board member and L’Ambiance resident Morton Siegler was the dissenting vote.

The board also began revising the club’s $400 million project.

The most significant modification the planning board made was voting 4-3 to allow the two nine-story, golf-course condominiums to be smaller in size on the ground and be built as high as the tallest existing Islandside condominium, which is L’Ambiance at 144 feet tall.

Planning Board Vice Chairman Allen Hixon proposed the height modification, which reduced ground area, increasing open space and increased building coverage by boosting the height of the buildings proposed north of Longboat Club Road.

“It makes the buildings less dense and less massive,” Hixon said.

The planning board also agreed the Inn on the Pass hotel could be 75 feet tall on the southern parcel, as proposed, and that the club could ask for the requested 132 units on the north parcel and 196 units on the southern parcel.

During discussions, board member George Symanski Jr. urged the board to consider asking the club to donate