Comp Plan Amendments on Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners’ Agenda


From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: Tuesday’s BOCC meeting agenda features a dozen Comp Plan amendments that were previously approved and concurrent re-zoning applications for most of the properties, including several questionable commercial re-zonings for both privately and publicly owned parcels. 


A 9:15 a.m. pre-set is scheduled to discuss proposed amendments to an agreement with the Town of Jupiter Island regarding the beach sand placement project (Item 8B4), and a 9:30 a.m. pre-set is another attorney-client shade (closed) session to discuss the on-going litigation between the County and the federal Department of Transportation and All Aboard Florida (Item 8C1). 


The agenda summary for the AAF item presents a good outline of the status of the litigation.  The County has been able to obtain documents and reports from the federal government and AAF in the litigation, and presentations are being made to the Commission by staff based on the information gathered.  Fire Rescue previously gave a very interesting presentation on the impact of a hazardous materials spill in the event of a rail accident and the Engineering Department presented a report on vessel traffic counts through the St. Lucie River railroad bridge that are significantly higher than those projected by AAF. The Property Appraiser will make a presentation at the July 28 meeting regarding the impact of AAF on property values.


The Consent Agenda contains a request to adopt an initial assessment resolution to install a water line to provide County utilities to eight homes in Palm Brook Estates in Palm City (Item 4E1).  Five of the eight property owners voted in favor or the project, while three voted against.  Since the Palm City properties aren’t in the Community Redevelopment Area, homeowners will be assessed $7,610.00 each for the water line installation.  At the July 28 BOCC meeting, Commissioners will be asked to approve a similar project to extend a water and sewer line to serve eight properties in Rio with CRA TIF funds footing the bill for those owners (including a single corporation that owns most of the Rio properties).


Item 6A is a request for approval of a proposal for a land swap, with the County to give its half-interest in the Williamson Ranch property on Warfield Boulevard to South Florida Water Management District in exchange for a 38.75-acre SFWMD parcel on SW Mapp Road in Palm City which will be used for the All American Ditch Retrofit water quality improvement project.


The Comp Plan Amendments and re-zoning requests round out the Agenda as Items 6C through 6Y.


What may be the very last Pitchford’s Landing Status Update is Item 8A2.  The Commission will consider the application for amended master site plan, final site plan, and second amendment to the Pitchford’s Landing PUC agreement at the July 28 meeting.

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