Planning Board/City Council hold joint workshop
During a joint quarterly workshop between the Panama City Beach City Council and the Panama City Beach Planning Board, several issues were discussed related to safety, qualify of life and aesthetics. All these issues will be decided at a future date and will come back before both boards for further discussion and approval. Several require amending the City's Land Development Code. These included ordinances that would:
- Regulate inflatable amusements on the beach. Under a proposed ordinance, the future placement of inflatables on the sandy beach would be regulated through an amendment of the City's land development code related to temporary uses and structures. The permitting process would establish a fee and an inspection process to ensure the safety of beachgoers in case of high winds.
- Establish neighborhood parks in new developments when the development is three acres or larger. The provision calls for the park space to be at least five percent of the acreage of the subdivision.
- Require developers to have a community meeting with residents on large-scale developments including PUD (Planned Unit Development) revisions. This would enable both parties to be informed of the project prior to it coming up before the Planning Board.
- Establish rules for locating small wireless facilities and poles.
- Address placing existing utility lines underground in old subdivisions.
Planning Board Chairman Mark Sheldon said he is particularly glad to see support on the new parks initiative. "The green space and quality of life for the new parks plan is a big step forward in planning for the anticipated growth that the City will see," Sheldon said.
The two boards also discussed the comprehensive plan review status. Saying the quarterly meetings are beneficial, Mayor Mike Thomas praised the Planning Board for its vision in addressing future growth.
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