Council OKs zoning for tract
The City Council has given commercial zoning to a 15-acre tract at Southwest 38th Street and Lee Boulevard, but also imposed restrictions to protect traffic on those arterials once construction begins this summer.
Council members unanimously approved a request from Millennium Venture Group for C-5 General Commercial District zoning (the least restrictive commercial designation) to the property on the northeast corner of the intersection. The acreage now holds either a R-1 Single Family Dwelling District zoning or F Floodplain District zoning, and that floodplain designation drew the attention of at least one council member, who asked how it was possible to add fill material to property that is in the floodway.
Community Services Director Richard Rogalski said the property in question is actually in the flood fringe (a lesser designation), meaning it is not subject to the restrictions that would prohibit fill from being added to the floodway because things done in the flood fringe are not viewed as affecting those outside the property. The vacant tract has been gradually built up, but continues to hold an F Floodplain District on about three-fourths of the total acreage.
As a condition of the zoning the developer must obtain a special flood hazard permit or submit a letter of map revision to the Federal Emergency Management Agency showing that the property is out of the special flood hazard area.