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Planning names Sub-Committee members

By Staff | Apr 1, 2015

The Sanibel Planning Commission named its members to the varying subcommittees for the 2015 year in its March 10 meeting.

All of the members of the 2014 Capital Improvements Review Planning Commission Subcommittee wished to continue in 2015, while Commissioner Jason Maughan volunteered to join the group to increase the membership to three.

Maughan joins Chuck Ketteman and John Talmage on the Capital Improvements Review Subcommittee.

All the 2014 members of the Below Market Rate Housing Review also wished to to return for 2015, including Holly Smith, Tom Krekel, Phillip Marks, Talmage and Maughan.

The entire Planning Commission will sit on the Land Development Code Review Subcommittee, including Chris Heidrick, Ketteman, Krekel, Marks, Maughan, Smith and Talmage.

Traffic once again became a topic of discussion, after Commissioner Ketteman brought it up. He added the City Council’s discussion on a proposed round-about and the traffic concerns, maybe should also be an item the Planning Commission should address, as well.

Chairman Marks noted in his 12.5 years on the island, the traffic has consistently become worse and added that solutions to alleviate the problem is “actionable.”

Vice Mayor Doug Congress also gave his final City Council Liaison report, since his term has run out and he decided not to seek re-election. Since then, Chauncey Goss was elected, as well as incumbent Jim Jennings.

Mayor Kevin Ruane acted as the City Council Liaison in the Planning Commission’s March 24 meeting and added a new one will be appointed in the April 7 meeting.

A continuance was granted for a request for a conditional use permit application by Martin and Crystal Mulder to allow for the demolition and reconstruction of an existing accessory boat dock and installation of a second boat lift at 1824 Woodring Road, which is in the Bay Beach Ecological Zone.

Director of Planning Jim Jordan also commented the conditional use permit requests were setting records.

“It’s been a busy season and it’s looking to be busy this summer, as well,” Jordan said.