City of Plantation Elected Officials Disconnected & Corrupt
City of Plantation City Council Disconnect
There is a serious disconnect between the elected officials of the City of Plantation and the residents they are supposed to represent. During the June 27, 2018 City Council meeting, residents of the Park East community attended and got up to speak their disapproval about the 311 North State Road 7, Wood Stone Plantation project. Wood Stone Plantation is a LLC for Parkstone Capitol who acquired the property seized through foreclosure in 2016. Disapproval of this project brought many long-term Plantation Park East residents to the City Council meeting for the first time. The City Council Members made it very apparent they cater to a developer and not the residents.
14: Request for the assignment of LAC Units for 311 N State Road 7. Property located at 311 & 339 N State Road 7 and zoned SPI-2 (Healthcare Services) PP17-0045:
Request for the assignment of LAC Units for 311 N State Road 7. Property located at 311 & 339 N State Road 7 and zoned SPI-2 (Healthcare Services) PP17-0045
Public hearing and first reading of an ordinance of the City of Plantation pertaining to the subject of comprehensive planning; assigning 248 residential units in the Plantation Gateway Local Activity Center (LAC) so as to permit the utilization of a portion of the remaining LAC residential units for development on property lying in section 1, township 50 south, range 41 east, and described as a portion of tract a of Swindell’s Subdivision no. 2, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in plat book 68, page 32 of the public records of Broward County, Florida; together with a portion of tract a of Plantation Plaza, according to plat thereof, as recorded in plat book 68, page 25 of the public records of Broward County, Florida; more particularly described herein as exhibit “a”; generally located at 311-339 North State Road 7; providing findings; providing a savings clause; and providing an effective date therefor.
15: “Request to approve site plan, elevation, and landscape plan for 311 N SR 7. Property located at 311 & 339 N State Road 7. PP17-0045”:
15: “Request to approve site plan, elevation, and landscape plan for 311 N SR 7. Property located at 311 & 339 N State Road 7. (PP17-0045)”:
From: 27-747 (c) & (d) which requires five 12′ X 45′ loading zones. To: Provide no loading zones.
From: Section 27-689(d), which requires one bedroom units to be a minimum of 750 net square feet. To: Provide one bedroom units at 682 net square feet.
From: Section 27-742(b)(2) requires drive aisles to be 25-feet wide. To: Provide 24-feet drive aisles.
From: Section 13-40(c)(5)(a). Interior landscaping for parking areas: Where multiple perpendicular or angular parking spaces are provided to driveways, landscape islands will be preserved in green so as to break up the monotony of such parking and to minimize the hazards created thereby providing visual breaks to assist in seeing other pedestrian and vehicular traffic every fifth space in multi-family residential uses. To: 1 island every 7th space. (This is a new development which requires 1 island every 5th space).
From: Section 13-41(a)(b). Pedestrian zones along building facades: Code requires landscape pedestrian zones (lpz) to extend the full width of each facade abutting a parking or vehicular use area; the minimum width shall be measured from the base of the building and shall relate to the adjacent structure’s wall height. Paved areas in the lpz may not constitute more than 5′ of required lpz. The vehicular overhang and/or the roof overhang does not count towards the required planting width To: Building Type 1 (Buildings 5, 6, & 7): 14′-6″ landscape pedestrian zone required.
a. 14′-6″ lpz is required along the western facade – 10′ has been provided
b. 14′-6″ lpz is required along the eastern facade – 8′ has been provided
a. 14′ -6″ lpz is required along the eastern facade – 12′ has been provided
Building Type 2 (Buildings 1, 2, 3, & 4): 19 ‘-3″ landscape pedestrian zone required.
a. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the western facade – 13′ has been provided
b. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the eastern facade – 15′ has been provided
c. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the southern facade – 10′ has been provided
d. 19′ -3″ lpz is required along the northern facade – 11′ has been provided
a. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the southern facade -15′ has been provided
b. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the eastern facade – 8′ has been provided
a. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the northern facade – 8’has been provided
b. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the eastern facade – 2’has been provided
c. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the southern facade – 15′ has been provided
a. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the western facade – 10′ has been provided
b. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the eastern facade – 10′ has been provided
c. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the southern facade – 15′ has been provided
d. 19′-3″ lpz is required along the northern facade – 12′ has been provided
Club House: 12′ landscape pedestrian zone required.
a. 12′ lpz is required along the western facade – 11 ‘ has been provided.
Maybe, just maybe, the City Council could have postponed the vote and ask Wood Stone Plantation to speak to the residents. They knew the residents were against the project and rushed the approval. Attending City Council Meetings for major projects concerning Plantation Park East multiple times, I have never seen one, with the amount of zoning and landscaping variances, be passed on the first reading.
As a result of this vote, it motivated a resident to mobilize the residents to not be discouraged and to remonstrate with the elected officials and Wood Stone Plantation. In a letter left at my front door.
Believe the corruption comes from the impact fees the City of Plantation will receive for the project. For each unit, the City of Plantation will receive $1,939.36! Total of $480,961.28! With no designation of what those fees will be used for! With the budget coming up and election in the horizon these fees will be going into the general fund instead of investing in the community. In the PDF from the Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Wood Stone Plantation Project Memorandum (Link Above) dictates the developer additionally pay for and upgrades or modifications to the water and waste systems.
In conclusion, I can only come to the conclusion that the corruption within the City of Plantation is rampant. The ability for a developer to have the Building Director tell the Landscaping Division not to bring violations to the Special Magistrate for a hearing for a year and a half is corrupt and could have continued if I had a resident not spent his own time to force the City of Plantation to do their jobs! For the City Council to allow a New York developer Wood Stone Plantation, Parkstone Capitol to have LAC units and every variance on first reading can only be corruption.
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