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Site plan for three-house project approved | Beaches

By May 4, 2022Site plan

INDIAN SHORES — A developer who had asked for the construction of three single-family residences on 2nd Street in the Town Square neighborhood has revised the construction plans for the condominium units, which appeased members of the planning and zoning board and of the city council.

Both councils unanimously approved the project on April 26, 3-0 by the planning board and 5-0 by the council.

A packed house attended a first planning council meeting on April 12 as well as its continuation on April 26. Residents had height issues and argued that the project would trigger flooding and disturb wildlife and vegetation. Opponents said the 3-sided garages would be a potential hurricane hazard, there would be parking issues due to construction trucks, and they were concerned about pile driving.

An issue with the middle building in the site plan being too small to meet the city’s criteria for a single-family dwelling led Hunter P. Brown, who was representing New Port Richey developer Coastal Design Consultants at the meeting, to agree to change the concept of three individual single-family dwellings to condominium status.

City Engineer Jerry Dabkowski and City Building Official Brian Rusu said the proposed site plan meets or exceeds all existing city code requirements. Both supported the plan once the lot size met condominium requirements versus single family residence requirements.

Dabkowski noted three conditions: the applicant had to be aware that the state Department of Environmental Protection permit expires on May 22, 2024; Applicant must demonstrate purchase of 0.07 Saltwater Forest (Mangrove) and Wetland Mitigation Credits from Little Pine Island Mitigation Bank; and an Army Corps of Engineers permit appeared to have expired, with the applicant required to prove that the permit is still valid in writing to the Corps.

Police Chief Rick Swann also required the development to submit a traffic control plan as part of the permit requirements.

Brown noted that a silt fence would surround the construction area to keep the construction contained.

In other business, council was told that the civic center has officially reopened for recreation classes, Library Read & Feed and other events from May 2.