Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Good bye Greenspace

Well, it looks as if the economy is recovering again, David Eller and his group are once again trying to get a land use change for his golf course which will turn the entire open space parcel into industrial, office, and commercial use.   

The correct answer to his request is NO. They are asking for a designation of “Employment Center” which is neither an unemployment office nor a headquarters for head-hunters, but a cute, non-threatening name for a very ugly idea which will pave over the green golf course land and create an industrial complex. 

The designation of the vast majority, 71.8 acres, of the Deerfield Country Club golf course is now Recreation Commercial  

From the backup to the Planning and Zoning agenda: “This is a proposal to change the Land Use designation of the entire Deerfield Country Club property to Employment Center. The proposal would allow a maximum of 755,000 square feet of development on the approximately 75-acre property: 60% light-industrial, 20% office, and 20% commercial uses.”

755,000 SQUARE FEET!!!!!!!!

Broward County is on record as opposing this type of conversion.  Their policy also wants to know “…how the negative impacts of the loss of open space on surrounding neighborhoods will be minimized or mitigated.” 

POLICY 5.04.03   Broward County shall strongly encourage the preservation of open space areas.    (See the entire policy *below)

 The golf course owners have every right to use their property for any of the allowed Recreation Commercial designations which are: 
 
From the City of Deerfield Beach Future Land Use Element Document:

COMMERCIAL RECREATION USE
Areas designated for commercial recreation use on the Deerfield Beach Future Land Use Map (Series) are intended to accommodate major public and private commercial recreation facilities, primarily golf courses and commercial recreation associated with structures and/or indoor facilities.

Uses permitted in the Commercial Recreation Land Use Category are:
1.) Outdoor and indoor recreation facilities such as active recreation complexes, stadiums, and golf courses.
2.) Accessory facilities, (excluding residential uses) that are determined by the City Commission (by resolution) to be an integral part of and supportive to the primary recreation facility.  

THEY DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT, smack up against a residential area, to pave over green space with industrial facilities, office buildings, hotels and etc. the proposed little strip of a green buffer is a sad answer.  (Be sure to see the entire list of what they could build there below**.)   

THEY DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to change the land use of their property just because it suits them to close their golf course.   

THEY DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to remove green open space and add traffic and the problems inherent in commercial and industrial uses to an already overbuilt area in Deerfield Beach just to make more themselves money than they would be able to with the current land use.   

They knew what the land use designation was when they bought the course. 

Go to the website which tracks Florida Development and you will see that Broward County is already at “build out”, with precious little open space left.  We need to save every small plot we have.  http://www.priceofsprawl.com/

 The Planning and Zoning meeting is Thursday, April 4, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Commission Chamber.  Be there; tell the Board what you think about this bad idea.

*Broward County Land Use:
POLICY 5.04.03

Broward County shall strongly encourage the preservation of open space areas.

Amendments to the Broward County Land Use Plan which would result in the loss of open space shall be strongly discouraged and be required to address how open space and recreation needs of the existing and projected residents of the community will be met, including how the negative impacts of the loss of open space on surrounding neighborhoods will be minimized or mitigated.

POLICY 5.04.04

Amendments to the Broward County Land Use Plan containing golf courses, including closed golf courses, shall address the following:

a. The impact of the loss of open space on the surrounding residential areas. The loss of open space must be mitigated through provision of parks and open space to serve the surrounding neighborhood.

b. Management of storm water retention taking into account the extent to which the golf course provided storm water retention for the surrounding development and how this will be mitigated, along with any additional storm water impacts created by the new development.

c. Minimization of the impact on natural resources including wetlands, lakes, aquifer recharge areas and the tree canopy, including any historic trees on the site.

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d. Mitigation of environmental contamination. The level of environmental contamination must be determined by conducting a Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental assessment.

e. Integration of the proposed development with the surrounding areas including how the development will tie into the existing neighborhoods through roads, sidewalks, parks/open space and greenways.

**From the City of Deerfield Beach Future Land Use Element Document:
Uses permitted in areas designated employment center are as follows:
 
City of Deerfield Beach Future Land Use Element:

1.) Light manufacturing, fabrication and assembly;

2.) Office uses;

3.) Research businesses, including medical and research laboratories;

4.) Hotels, motels and similar lodging;

5.) Restaurants and personal services;

6.) Community facilities;

7.) Communication facilities;

8.) Non-residential agricultural uses;

9.) Residential uses are permitted without the need to amend the City’s land use plan map, provided that the City applies flexibility or reserve units to the parcel in the

following manner:

(a.) For parcels 5 acres in size or less, free-standing or mixed-use multi-family structures are permitted; within areas designated on the County Land Use Plan as Urban Infill, Urban Redevelopment or Downtown Revitalization Areas or Chapter 163 Redevelopment Areas, free-standing or mixed-use multi-family residential uses are permitted on parcels 10 acres in size or less.

(b.) For mixed use developments greater than 5 acres in size (or 10 acres within areas designated on the County Plan as Urban Infill, Urban Redevelopment, or Downtown Revitalization Areas or Chapter 163 Redevelopment Areas) freestanding or mixed-use multi-family residential uses are permitted provided that the gross residential acreage does not exceed 5 acres (10 acres within areas designated on the County Plan as Urban Infill, Urban Redevelopment or Downtown Revitalization Areas or Chapter 163 Redevelopment Areas), or 40% of the total gross acreage of the employment center designated parcel,whichever is greater, and that the entire mixed use development be governed
by specific zoning regulations that establish criteria to ensure proper integration and compatibility of land uses within and surrounding the development.

10.) Commercial and retail business uses may also be permitted subject to the review and approval requirements of Broward County Land Use Plan Policy 13.01.10 and as long as the total area of these uses does not consume more than 20 percent of the employment center land designated on both the Deerfield Beach and Broward County Future Land Use Plan Maps within a flexibility zone, and as long as the location of these uses does not preclude or adversely affect the future use of surrounding areas for employment center use.

11.) The following uses are permitted only as Accessory Uses (Limited to less than fifty percent (50%) of the site):

(a.) Transportation and utilities, excluding electrical power plants.

(b.) Storage.

(c.) Retail within buildings devoted to principal uses.

(d.) Recreation and open space uses.

 

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