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Height for Hilton on agenda

MELISSA REID
Associate Publisher
mreid@lbknews.com

The town commission will discuss an ordinance at the April 1 regular meeting which will affect the Longboat Key Hilton redevelopment plan by changing the current height restriction and allowing the high density tourist property to build an additional floor.

Specifically, the ordinance would allow an increase in height restrictions by allowing one additional story from the currently allowed four stories to five stories, for a maximum height of 65 feet over flood elevation level. This would apply to any development plan, including the Hilton, in the final site plan approval process being considered for the distribution of the 250 additional tourism units that is zoned TRC-6 (High Density Tourist Resort/Commercial).

The town cites the reason for allowing the additional story as due to the fact that since the TRC-6 are the most intensive tourism properties, they are the best suited to absorb the additional density.

The ordinance change states, “The purpose for allowing the potential for an additional story in height, for the T-6 zoned properties, is an acknowledgement that T-6 is the most intensive tourist zoning available in the Town of Longboat Key as well as the location of the majority of the existing tourism amenities. Because of these factors the Town anticipates that T-6 properties are the best suited to absorb the additional density. In order to grant approval or approval with conditions, the Town must find by competent substantial evidence that the project is in the best interest of the health, safety, and welfare of the Town and its citizens and does not adversely affect the public interest.”

The commission will discuss the ordinance at its regular meeting which is open to the public on Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Rd.

 

 

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