Commission OKs project, continues two
The Sanibel Planning Commission approved a development permit for a pool cabana and swimming pool for a residence at its recent meeting, while continuing discussions on two additional projects.
At its Aug. 13 meeting, the commissioners voted 7-0 in support of a permit application to build a detached pool cabana building with approximately 921 square feet of habitable air-conditioned space, along with an in-ground pool, at a single-family home at 2029 Periwinkle Way. The application was submitted by the Ulrich Building Company on behalf of the property owner, David Alban.
Josh Ooyman, planner with the city, reported that the property is a 5.7-acre parcel consisting of a residence and three outbuildings, including an animal stable and two storage buildings. With a large lake and a small pond, it qualifies for a residential density of two dwelling units and only has one.
He continued that the proposed cabana building will be accessible by stairs and an elevator. It will consist of two screened patios, closets, a restroom, water closet, laundry facilities, steam shower, sauna, dressing room, and counter top and sink in the main area. There are no kitchen facilities in the plan.
City engineers approved a storm water drainage and utility plan, and the city’s Natural Resources Department found the only impact to native vegetation was the transplanting of two cabbage palms.
“They found no detrimental impacts to the existing vegetation on site,” Ooyman said.
The question at hand was if the cabana building would constitute a second principal structure.
“Staff finds the size and the design of the proposed pool cabana building does not lead staff to consider the proposal to be a second principal structure or a dwelling unit,” Ooyman said, noting that the proposal does not include kitchen facilities and none of the partitioned rooms are of a size and nature to be considered bedrooms.
He added that the plan meets the applicable zoning requirements.
“Staff supports favorable consideration of the subject application, provided that the planning commission finds that the cabana building is designed as an accessory use and structure,” Ooyman said.
Staff recommended nine conditions if the proposal was approved.
During the follow-up questioning, Commissioner Eric Pfeifer asked if the property would still be entitled to a second dwelling unit at a later date if the proposed cabana building was approved.
Ooyman confirmed that it would be.
A representative for the property owner reported that the construction of the building was solely for the purpose of an exercise room and that he was open to doing what it takes to get the project under way.
She also stated that her client agreed to the staff-recommended conditions.
After some more discussion, a motion to approve it passed.
Also at the meeting, the commission considered:
– An application for a variance to allow for the construction of an at-grade swimming pool and pool deck to exceed the maximum allowable coverage with impermeable surfaces and exceed the maximum allowable vegetation removal and developed area for a single-family home at 1870 Woodring Road
– An application for conditional use approval to establish a new fast-food restaurant with 20 seats, plus consideration of a development permit application to implement the proposed conditional use and construct a 1,669-square-foot commercial building, off-street parking, on-site drainage and other site improvements associated with the proposed restaurant on a vacant parcel at 1219 Periwinkle Way
For the Woodring project, staff did not recommend approval of the plan. Following questions by commissioners and a lengthy discussion, a decision was continued to the Sept. 24 meeting to give the applicants an opportunity to adjust their proposal and bring the application more into compliance.
On the Periwinkle project, property owners Charles and Lisa Whitman had the two applications submitted on their behalf by Ahmad Kareh, with CES Inc., for what would be known as the Sanibel Custard Shack. Staff reported to the commission that it did not find the applications were consistent with all of the conditional use requirements and that it could not proceed with a recommendation.
The applicant reported that a revised plan addressing insufficiencies would be submitted.
The commissioners voted to continue the discussion to its Sept. 10 meeting.