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PLANNING AND ZONING DIVISION NEWS

Planning & Zoning Commission to meet 3/21/17
The next meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  The agenda and backup for the meeting can be found here.

Final Draft of Comprehensive Plan Being Considered by Town Council   3/7/2017

The Town Council will be considering final revisions to the Town's Comprehensive Plan as part of a State-required periodic Evaluation and Appraisal.  The Comprehensive Plan modifications to be considered by the Council at its March meeting can be found HERE.      

Consideration of the Comprehensive Plan...             1/03/2017

The Town Council is considering revisions to the Town's Comprehensive Plan.  The Plan is being reviewed as part of a State-required periodic Evaluation and Appraisal.  Proposed revisions have been reviewed and recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission.  The modifications made to the Draft Comprehensive Plan made at the request of the Town Council during their discussion at the December 13, 2016 Town Council meeting, can be found HERE.  These changes will be considered at the January 10, 2017 Town Council meeting.  The Presentation that was made by the Town's Planning Consultants, Calvin-Giordano, to the Town Council at its December 13, 2016 meeting can be found HERE.  The Comprehensive Plan modifications considered by the Council at that meeting can be found HERE.      

 

 

 
BUILDING DIVISION NEWS

Attention A/C Contractors:              11/21/2016
The Town of Palm Beach requires A/C equipment to be set back at least 5 feet from all property lines. Any A/C equipment within 10 feet of a property line is required to be completely screened by a wall as high as said equipment (Sec.134-1728(a)). The Town is requiring information to be included in construction permit applications to determine compliance with this zoning requirement. The information required will vary slightly, depending on the nature of the work. All applications will require the tonnage of both the existing model (if applicable) and the new model, which should be indicated in the description of work on the construction permit. If the unit is being put in a new location with no existing A/C equipment there, then a basic site plan is needed with setbacks and proper screening indicated if necessary. The Town appreciates your cooperation. Please contact Logan Elliott, Zoning Technician, at (561) 227-6409 with any questions.

Reduced Construction Permit Fees as of 10/1/2016                          9/26/2016
The Town Council recently adopted reduced construction permit fees, effective October 1, 2016.  The new fees are as follows:
    Minimum permit fee:      $75
    Permit fee for construction valuation up to
         and including $2,500,000:  2.4% (was 2.7%)
    Fee for the balance of construction valuation
         over $2,500,000:    1.8% (was 2.0%)

Contractor Information Regarding Zika Virus   9/20/2016

Zika is a mosquito borne virus that can cause a variety of health issues, and is believed to be a probable cause of microcephaly in infants. It has spread from the Tropics into South Florida, and U.S. health officials are diligently trying to contain its spread. Three of the most effective means of minimizing risk are 1) using insect repellents, 2) wearing protective clothing covering exposed skin, and 3) removing sources of standing water (e.g., tires, buckets, cans, bottles, barrels) wherever they are found. Please encourage your employees to take proper precautions via use of repellents and protective clothing. Equally important is to make sure construction permit sites remain free of standing, stagnant water where mosquito larva thrive. Being aware of, and eliminating standing water, even in the smallest of pools, will be a major deterrent to the potential spread of Zika. Contractors are encouraged to take a few extra moments each day to survey jobsites, eliminate sources of stagnant water, thus helping in the fight to prevent widespread infection.