Planning Boards

Following are brief descriptions of the City boards for which the Planning and Development Services Department provides administrative support. The board members are appointed by the City Commission. Persons interested in serving on any of the boards are encouraged to contract either the Planning and Development Services office or the City Clerk for an information/application form.

The Planning & Zoning Board is an advisory board to the City Commission on, as its name implies, planning and zoning matters. The Board reviews and holds public hearings and makes recommendations to the City Commission on site plans, plats, vacation and abandonments of public rights-of-way, rezonings, and Land Development Code amendments. They also review and advise the City Commission on all matters pertaining to the content of the City’s comprehensive plan, including land use plan amendments. The Board is comprised of five (5) regular members and five (5) alternate members, all of which must be residents of the City. The Planning and Zoning Board meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission chambers. All recommendations of the Board are presented to the City Commission.

The Community Appearance Board reviews and decides on the exterior aesthetics, or appearance, for multi-family, commercial, and industrial properties in the City. All site plan, building permit, and cosmetic change applications for these properties, as well as all sign permit applications must be approved by the Community Appearance Board. The Board is comprised of five (5) regular and five (5) alternate members, all of which must be either residents of, or have a business in, the City. In addition, the membership must be comprised of at least one (1) Florida architect, at least one (1) registered landscape architect, and at least one (1) sign contractor. The remaining members must be either a Florida registered professional engineer, a Florida licensed general contractor, an urban planner, or have a Fine Arts degree or similar background. The Community Appearance Board meets the second and the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission chambers. Decisions made by the Board may be appealed to the City Commission.

The Zoning Appeals Special Master hears and decides on zoning variances, conditional uses, and appeals of administrative decisions. The Zoning Appeals Special Master meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the City Commission chambers. The Special Master holds a public hearing on each appeal before making a decision. Any party to a proceeding before the Special Master may appeal the decision of the Special Master by a writ of certiorari as provided by the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure.