When asked how he and the other Deerfield Beach P&Z board members could vote yes on all the variances for the new hotel proposed for the Cove Shopping Center one member said that they don’t pay attention to variances, the commissioners do that, it’s not P&Zs job.
From the Deerfield Beach City website: “The Planning & Zoning Division is responsible for long-range and comprehensive planning; current or neighborhood and project planning; maintenance and administration of the City's zoning code, which includes administration of sign permits and the Certificate of Use program. Mission To plan and facilitate quality development and redevelopment, promote neighborhood sustainability, and facilitate the enhancement of the human and natural environment of the City.”
Somebody should give these folks some training; variances is exactly what they do! The P&Z Board is the local planning agency, they review developers’ application, they hear requests for zoning variances, approve site plans and land usage and ensure that the plans comply with the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Code of Ordinances. AND, if they don’t comply, and don’t have a really good reason (hardship) for not complying, it is the board’s job to say NO.
Then the commission gets a stab at it, they may agree with the board or they may overturn it if there is a good public reason. BUT, the P&Z Board does not get to be subjective about an application.
This is disgusting, city board members who don’t even know what they are supposed to do.