Biscayne Park Planning Board Denies Retroactive Gate Approval

In a recent Biscayne Park Planning Board meeting, the most significant outcome was the denial of retroactive approval for an 8-foot high gate installed on Northeast 11th Street. The property owner’s failure to comply with height and width restrictions led to this decision. The board also addressed various permit-related issues.

The gate, which had been installed without prior approval, sparked a discussion about the necessity of following established guidelines and the potential for granting a variance. The applicant sought retroactive approval for the gate, which exceeded the village’s height and width limitations. In the debate that ensued, the board assessed the dimensions and setback requirements. Despite considering a variance, the board ultimately denied the application.

Another notable discussion involved a roofing application for 665 Northeast 12th Street. The applicant requested a change from shingle and flat roofing to metal and flat, providing detailed information on the overhang and color, as well as submitting the necessary paperwork. After some initial confusion over a form that needed to be submitted and uploaded, the board approved the application for the metal roof.

The meeting also touched on a carport installation at 11638 Northeast 7th Avenue. The applicant admitted to being unaware of the need for a permit and could not provide precise dimensions or setback information. The board’s concerns centered around the setback from the property line and the lot coverage calculation, which was complicated by the presence of a pool. Due to insufficient information, the discussion was tabled to allow the applicant to clarify the dimensions and setback.

The board worked diligently to understand each application’s specifics and ensure compliance with the village’s regulations. This attention to detail underscored the importance of adhering to the established guidelines for construction and renovation projects within the village.

The board also discussed a setback requirement for another property, emphasizing the need for additional drawings to determine the actual setbacks. A debate ensued over a new window installation project, with the board requesting specific details about the type and style of windows. For a new construction project concerning roofing and a pool permit, the applicant confirmed the submission of the required applications. A separate issue was raised for a property where windows had been installed without the necessary permit, prompting the board to request a window schedule and site plan before proceeding.

Additionally, the board considered a request for the installation of two manual rolling driveway gates that had been installed without the appropriate permits. The applicant acknowledged this oversight and agreed to address the variance request separately. The board then approved a tile roof replacement project after reviewing a sample of the tile.

The meeting progressed to a discussion about a proposed change in roofing material for a new addition, with the board approving the change to a brown roofing material, pending a formal application. The discussion about the necessity of rolling gates for a property due to heavy traffic and the need for security was also a point of contention. The board debated the potential impact on public welfare and neighboring properties.

Furthermore, discussions included driveway extensions, impact windows and doors, and the approval of gates for other properties. The next meeting was scheduled for March 4th, with expectations of a shorter agenda due to the one-week interval between meetings.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Jonathan E. Groth
Planning Board Officials:
Gage Hartung, Edward Levya, Scarlet Hammons, David Gruen

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