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Periwinkle Preserve extension, boat dock and lift are approved

By Staff | Apr 29, 2009

At their meeting on Tuesday, the Planning Commission unanimously approved granting the owners of two parcels an extension of their approved preliminary plats on Periwinkle Way and gave the go ahead for a variance to construct an accessory dock and boat lift at a Golden Olive Court residence.

As previously discussed during their April 14 session, planners voted 7-0 to allow Ron and Spring Rosen – owners of a 7.9-acre parcel which had previously been granted a six lot unified residential (cluster) development at 1881 Periwinkle Way – an amendment to their plat showing roadway configuration between their parcel and an adjoining parcel, owned by Landbel, Inc.

The Rosens own Phase I of a two-phase development, which has been referred to as Periwinkle Preserve.

In conjunction with the Rosens application for an extension, a second request – submitted by Mark Anderson, president of Landbel, Inc., which owns the 2.7-acre parcel directly west of the Rosen property, also previously approved for a six lot single-family development at 1905 Periwinkle Way – had been seeking a two-year extension to their preliminary plat approval for Phase II of the development. An earlier extension was granted to Landbel, Inc. in July 2007.

Without any new debate, commissioners unanimously approved the conjoined resolution, although resident Karen Storjohann pointed out to planners that the proposed development cannot use the name “Periwinkle.” City Attorney Ken Cuyler responded that the approval of the resolution was conditional upon the name change and that both property owners understood that condition.

In other business, the commission adopted a resolution which will allow Eugene T. Van Note, of 1130 Golden Olive Court, a variance to construct a new boat dock and lift behind his property.

Because of the unusual configuration of his parcel, which can only accommodate a 12.1-foot setback to the adjacent east and west property lines, Van Note was granted permission to install a new dock and boat lift along the canal while removing the old dock and lift. The minimum setback for the site is 15 feet, which required the variance.

Prior to the commission ending the planning portion of the meeting and going into the Lade Development Code Review Committee session, Vice Mayor Kevin Ruane delivered his City Council report. He also took time to praise their efforts in approaching a conclusion to amending Section 86-43, which has been in the discussion process since late last year.

“Sanibel is a community where we take a lot of public comment, probably more than any other community, and that process does take a lot of time,” Ruane said.

“The decisions that we are making relative to 86-43 are going to have a long lasting effect on this island,” Commissioner Holly Smith noted.

“We took a lot of public comment and public thought on this,” added Vice Chairman Dr. Phillip Marks. “I think we’re close to coming to a conclusion on this.”

The Planning Commission’s next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 12 at MacKenzie Hall beginning at 9 a.m.