Saturday, January 21, 2012

Deerfield Beach Industrial Zoning Changes

  At Tuesday January 24’s Commission meeting there will be a public hearing on the rezoning of the industrial area designated Broward County M3 and M2 to City zoning I2. The city has already had a public workshop at which residents voiced their concerns. The residents were a powerful force and gave their testimony passionately but with class and decorum. Commissioner Bill Ganz gave clear and reasoned reasons for allowing the rezoning.

The only area in Deerfield Beach with M3 and M2 zoning is the industrial area west of Powerline by Independence Bay and Waterford.  The County did away with that zoning category some time ago.

The Independence Bay and Waterford housing developments never should have been allowed to be built.  The whole area was zoned industrial and should have stayed that way.  But years ago it was changed for developers to build the developments.

The residents now live between Mt. Trashmore and industrial businesses. It is a ridiculous place for a housing development, even if it is on a scenic lake.  But some developer saw $$$$$$$ and now we have a predictable outcome; residents against industrial zoned land owners and businesses.

The businesses, even if they are in compliance with all codes, EPA regulations and city ordinances, (and some are not) cause some dirt.  Residents complain of a constant film of soot on their patio tables and cars, eye irritation, respiratory distress and, of course, the smell. 

After the area was annexed from the county into the city in 1990, the city had to wait 10 years to rezone anything.  All the property owners and businesses were notified that rezoning could take place at any time after that.  Well, it took a little longer, the city dragged its feet and the rezoning didn’t make it to the top of the to-do list until now. And now comes the conflict:  the business and land owners want things to stay the same; the residents see some small relief in their quality of life if the changes are enacted. 
What is the city hoping to accomplish with the redoing of the zoning? It will put the area under city regulations, where permits and building will have to be approved by the city Planning and Zoning Board, and the Commission.  Currently the area is still under the more lax regulation of the obsolete County policies. 

But most important to the residential residents are the changes of allowed uses.  The I2 zoning, according to Jerry Ferguson, Director of Planning and Growth Management, has some 200 or more various categories, and the vast majority of them will stay, but some currently allowed will not.  Some of them are:
  • Penal institutions,
  • Medical waste facilities
  • Propane storage facilities
  • Salvage or wrecking yards, or Junkyards
  • Cemetery Crematories,
  • Fertilizer, compost and mulch facilities.
This list was compiled with input from residents, the city has been meeting with the industrial land owners who are not happy with losing some possible uses on their land.  BUT, many of the owners bought the land knowing rezoning was in the offing, and the others have known it for the last 10 years.  The city has the right to rezone this area, now they are doing it.

The changes are very few and quite modest, completely legal and in no way would rise to the level of a Burt Harris type taking as some owners have threatened.  But, the changes are important, as they will help add value to the surrounding industrial area, and the commercial parcels across the street and peace of mind to the nearby residents.

Comparison Chart
M-3 & M-4 Industrial and Most Common Heavy Commercial Uses Presently Allowed per the Annexation Bill & Proposed I-2 Uses
     
Use
M-3
M-4
I-2
Assembly
P
P
P
Asphalt Manufacturing
P
P
P*
Autmobile, truck & equipment auctions
P
P
P
Automobile repair
P
P
P
Autmobile storage or transport facility
P
P
P*
Automobile , truck & recreational vehicle salvage or wrecking yards
P
P
NP
Boarding Kennel
P
P
P
Building & construction materials manufacturing & storage
P
P
P
Concrete batching and/or mixing
P
P
P*
Crematory
P
P
NP
Equipment rental and leasing
P
P
P
Essential servies (utilities)
P
P
P
Fertilizer, compost and mulch compounding, storage & distribution (outside activities)
P
P
NP
Food processing, packaging & distribution including meat packing (no slaughtering)
P
P
P
General Commercial & Retail
P
P
P*
Indoor Commercial Recreation
P
P
P*
Industrial Sales
P
P
P
Junkyards
NP
P
NP
Laboratory (medical, dental, research & development)
P
P
P
Manufacturing
P
P
P
Medical waste transfer station
P
P
NP
Medical waste incineration or sterilization
P
P
NP
Metal manufacturing (from raw materials)
P
P
P
Motor freight terminal or moving & storage company
P
P
P
Offices
P
P
P
Penal institutions
P
P
NP
Pest control services
P
P
P
Petroleum products & bottled gas bulk storage
P
P
NP*
Processing & packaging
P
P
P
Recording & broadcasting studio
P
P
P
Recycling facility
P
P
P*
Repair Shop
P
P
P
School, trade or vocational
P
P
P
Showrooms
P
P
P
Storage yards (operable vehicles, usuable equipment or other items)
P
P
P*
Trade shops
P
P
P
Trash transfer station
P
P
P*
Vehicle sales, rental or leasing
P
P
P
Warehouse, self-storage
P
P
P
Warehouse, distribution
P
P
P
Wholesale
P
P
P
Wireless communication facilities
P
P
P




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