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2010 Powerline Road Planning Assessment 7-28-10 final POWERLINE ROAD PLANNING ASSESSMENT City of Oakland Park, Florida JULY 2010 Prepared by: Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Ph: 954-467-6308 Fax: 954-467-6309 E: Lkerr808@bellsouth.net i Table of Contents I. INTRODUCTION .....................................................................................................................................1 A. Purpose and Background..................................................................................................................1 B. Study Area...........................................................................................................................................1 C. Area Context.......................................................................................................................................5 II. EXISTING CONDITIONS ........................................................................................................................8 A. Existing Future Land Use....................................................................................................................8 B. Existing Zoning.....................................................................................................................................8 C. Existing Uses.........................................................................................................................................9 E. Transportation....................................................................................................................................18 F. Programmed Corridor Improvements............................................................................................21 III. ISSUES .................................................................................................................................................22 A. N.W. 38th Street and Powerline Road Intersection....................................................................22 B. Parcel Analysis...................................................................................................................................22 C. Commercial Billboard Site (N.W. 41st Street and N.W. 8th Terrace).....................................23 IV. EXISTING REGULATORY CONTROLS .........................................................................................23 A. Comprehensive Plan.........................................................................................................................23 B. Land Development Code.................................................................................................................25 V. RECOMMENDATIONS AND IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES........................................................25 A. N.W. 38th Street and Powerline Road Intersection....................................................................25 B. Parcel Inventory ................................................................................................................................26 C. Commercial Billboard Site (N.W. 41st Street and N.W. 8th Terrace).....................................26 D. Retro Landscape ...............................................................................................................................26 E. Adequacy Standards and Compatibility Review Standards....................................................28 F. Standards of Review........................................................................................................................29 G. Capital Improvement Strategies and Funding-Based Improvement Programs.....................31 ii FIGURES Figure 1: Powerline Road and City Location...............................................................................................2 Figure 2: Study Area.......................................................................................................................................3 Figure 3: Parcel Identification........................................................................................................................4 Figure 4: Study Area Neighborhoods and Business Corridors.................................................................6 Figure 5: Study Area and Parcels by General Use Codes......................................................................7 Figure 6: Future Land Use.............................................................................................................................13 Figure 7: Zoning..............................................................................................................................................14 Figure 8: NW 38th Street Intersection........................................................................................................15 Figure 9: Commercial Billboard Site...........................................................................................................16 Figure 10: Study Area Parcels by Specific Use Code.............................................................................17 Figure 11: Transit Routes...............................................................................................................................20 TABLES TABLE 1: General Study Area Uses by Percentage..................................................................................5 TABLE 2: Zoning Distribution...........................................................................................................................8 TABLE 3: Traffic Counts and Level of Service............................................................................................18 EXHIBITS Exhibit A: Permitted Uses by Land Use Exhibit B: Permitted Uses by Zoning Exhibit C: Business List Exhibit D: Identified Concerns and Recommendations Exhibit E: Neighborhood Entrance Samples Exhibit F: Funding Improvement Program Sample APPENDIX Appendix I: General Building Use Codes Appendix II: Specific Use Codes Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 1 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM I. INTRODUCTION A. Purpose and Background The purpose of this assessment is to address appearance and compatibility issues existing along Powerline Road in the City of Oakland Park between Oakland Park Boulevard to the south and Commercial Boulevard to the north. Powerline Road traverses north and south through Broward County, including the City of Oakland Park. Although Powerline Road is situated in the eastern portion of Broward County, it is relatively centrally located in the City of Oakland Park and runs very near, and at one point transects, both I-95 and the CSX Railway tracks. Refer to Figure 1: Powerline Road and City Location. Early development occurred in Broward County along transportation corridors such as this, thus resulting in the proximity of residential, commercial and industrial areas. Nuisances such as heavy traffic, noise, aesthetic degradation, and other impacts resulting from industrial, commercial and interstate uses may be an issue to surrounding neighborhoods. Existing regulatory measures utilized to buffer neighborhoods from negative impacts and ensure compatibility between uses consist largely of the City’s Land Development Code (LDC) and Comprehensive Plan. Setbacks and buffers are most often utilized to achieve transitions between different uses. Commercial corridors such as this portion of the Powerline Corridor provide residents and visitors with needed services, as well as play an integral part of the area’s economy. This assessment is being undertaken to examine the existing conditions along the corridor, identify issues and recommend potential solutions to ensure appropriate buffering and compatibility within the corridor and between the corridor and surrounding neighborhoods. B. Study Area More specifically, the “study area” for the purposes of this assessment consists of 125 parcels located along the east and west sides of Powerline Road from Oakland Park Boulevard to the south, to Commercial Boulevard to the north. The study area extends approximately one block in depth or along parcel or block configurations, where appropriate, in order to capture the interaction between uses along the Powerline Corridor and surrounding areas including residential uses. Refer to Figure 2: Study Area and Figure 3: Parcel Identification. Figure 2 depicts the study area while Figure 3 depicts the study area with the 125 parcels labeled 1 through 125. The labeling of the parcels 1- 125 is utilized later in this assessment. Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 2 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Figure 1: Powerline Road and City Location Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 3 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Figure 2: Study Area Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 4 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Figure 3: Parcel Identification Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 5 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM C. Area Context A context-based (i.e. community setting) examination of the surrounding area indicates eight (8) neighborhoods/business corridors within approximately 2,000 feet of Powerline Road. Four (4) neighborhoods/business corridors underlay the specific study area previously described and are as follows: I-95 Business Corridor North, I-95 Business corridor South, Lloyd Estates, and Prospect Gardens. Refer to Figure 4: Study Area Neighborhoods and Business Corridors. In order to gain a snapshot of building uses within the study area, Building Use Codes (see Appendix I) were obtained from the Broward County Property Appraiser. The distribution of general building uses by percentage is depicted in Table 1 below. Also refer to Figure 5: Study Area Parcels by General Use Code. TABLE 1: General Study Area Building Uses by Percentage General Building Use (code) % of Study Area Residential (001-099) 1% Commercial-Multi Family (100-199) 12% Commercial-Retail Consumer Services (200-299) 27% Commercial Retail-Consumer Services (300-399) 11% Commercial-Transportation-Automotive & Air (400-499) 6% Commercial-Warehouse & Factories (500-599) 20% Institutional (700-799) 3% Utilities-Private (800-899) 4% Vacant/ No Building, In Use (parking, drainage, etc.) 16% Source: Broward County Property Appraiser; Kerr & Associates, Inc. Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 6 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Figure 4: Study Area Neighborhoods and Busi ness Corridors Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 7 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Figure 5: Study Area and Parcels by General Use Codes Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 8 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM II. EXISTING CONDITIONS Data and analysis gathered to assess existing conditions of the study area included site visits, meetings with City staff, GIS analysis, and review of documents. A. Existing Future Land Use Existing Future Land Use designations within the study area include Commercial, Industrial, Low Density Residential (5 du/ac), and Medium Density Residential (16 du/ac). The majority of the study area is Commercial and Industrial land use with a few parcels designated for Residential use. Refer to Figure 6: Future Land Use. Residential land use designations typically do not have frontage on Powerline Road. Refer to Exhibit A: Permitted Uses by Land Use for a list of uses permitted within the study area under the City’s Comprehensive Plan. B. Existing Zoning Existing zoning designations within the study area include B-1 Community Business, B-2 General Business, B-3 Commercial-Industrial, I-1 Light Industrial, PU Public Utility, RM-16 Medium Density Multi-Family Residential, TR Transportation, R-0 Residence Office, NB Neighborhood Business, and PCC-2 Planned Business Center. Refer to Figure 7: Zoning. Seventy-one of the 125 parcels in the study area are located north of the I-95 overpass and 54 parcels are located south of the I-95 overpass. Table 2 provides a more detailed analysis of the zoning designations in the corridor and their division north and south of I- 95. TABLE 2: Zoning Distribution Zoning Acres* % of parcels n/s I-1 13 39% B-2 16 49% PU 3 8% RM-16 1 4% North of I-95 33 B-1 20 53% B-2 7 19% PCC-2 4 12% NB 2 5% B-3 1 2% I-1 2 6% R-1 1 1% South of I-95 R-0 1 2% 38 *Rounded to the nearest whole number unless less than 1 ac. Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 9 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Based upon information in the above table, the majority of parcels in the study area are zoned I-1, B-1 or B-2. The vast majority of parcels north of I-95 are zoned B-2 (49%) or I-1 (39%), while the parcels located south enjoy more variety in zoning including B-1 (53%), B-2 (19%) or I-1 (6%). In addition, it is important to note that the City utilized one of the flexibility provisions of the Broward County Land Use Plan to rezone a large area of the Industrial designated property to ommercial. The flexibility rule permits up to twenty percent (20%) of the industrial land within a flexibility zone to be rezoned to a commercial category without amending the City and County Land Use Plans. For the area south of and fronting on N.W. 38th Street east of I-95 and continuing south down the Powerline Road corridor. The entire frontage was rezoned to a Commercial zoning category through the flexibility provision. All of the Industrial zoned property fronting along the corridor is located north of I-95 and east of Powerline Road primarily consisting of Johnson Environmental Services and Rinker Materials. Out of all 125 parcels, a greater number of parcels are zoned for commercial use than are zoned for industrial use. As a result, the corridor functions largely as a commercial corridor. Refer to Exhibit B: Permitted Uses by Zoning for a list of uses permitted under each zoning designation within the study area under the City’s Zoning Code. C. Existing Uses The Powerline Corridor functions largely as a commercial corridor. Lowes, Denny’s, coin laundry, Sherwin Williams Paint, and convenience stores are examples of retail uses. North of I-95 there are a few industrial-type uses such as Rinker Materials and Johnson Environmental Services. Office buildings, church/religious services, surface parking, the ATI Career Training Center, a few residential parcels, and vacant parcels are also located within the corridor. It should be noted that a water treatment plant owned by the City of Fort Lauderdale is located along a portion of the corridor between I-95 and Prospect Road. The intersection of N.W. 38th Street and Powerline Road represents the portion of the study area with the largest amount of vacant land available for development. Refer to Figure 8: N.W. 38th Street Intersection. The parcels are currently located on all corners of the intersection. On the northwest quadrant (parcels 102-106), the vacant parcels wrap around an existing commercial facility. The southwest quadrant (parcels 107-109, 111- 112) is a vacant site presently zoned B-2. The northeast (parcels 22-23) and southeast (parcels 20-21) corners of the intersection are two vacant parcels, one of which is zoned B-1 and contains several utility facilities. The southeastern quadrant is zoned Residential- Office and is currently being used as a staging area for a neighborhood improvement project. This is an area where there is an opportunity for the City to make a gateway to the residential communities located to the east and west of Powerline Road along N.W. 38th Street. Some of the vacant parcels at this intersection have been the subject of petitions for development in the past and there is one active petition for the area in the northwestern quadrant of the intersection. Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 10 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Another area that was examined is an existing B-1 parcel located between N.W. 41st Street and N.W. 42nd Street. The property is within a residential community with access only by residential streets. Existing on the site is a billboard sign and a bird sales business was operating there in the past. This site is reflected on Figure 9: Commercial Billboard Site. The site is a concern which will be addressed later in the report. Figure 5: Study Area Parcels by General Use Code provides a broad snapshot of business types in the corridor. Refer to Figure 10: Study Area Parcels by Specific Use Code for a more detailed list of business types within the corridor. Use codes depicted in Figure 8 were obtained from Broward County Property Appraiser information (refer to Appendix II). In addition, Exhibit C: Business List, provides property owner information. The corridor generally is reflective of a commercial corridor that needs upgrading. The corridor is in need of a better front door look. This can be accomplished through the implementation of tools outlined later in this report. Upgrades primarily relate to installation/upgrading of landscaping; modifications to parking; dumpster enclosures; and additional screening of the interface with the corridor and residential areas. D. Future Land Use/Zoning Compatibility 1. South of I-95 As noted previously, the corridor is essentially broken in to two pieces north and south of I-95. The predominant land use and zoning along the corridor is commercial and industrial. As noted on Figure 6:Future Land Use, the future land use south of I-95 on the west side of the corridor is a combination of Commercial and Industrial and on the east side is primarily Commercial adjacent to a single-family neighborhood. As it relates to I-95 on the east side of Powerline Road, the zoning along the corridor is primarily B-1 which is a community business category. This is one of the more limiting districts within the commercial hierarchy of the City’s zoning code. The Comprehensive Plan is a broader guideline and recognizes the need for the local government to zone properties in a more specific relationship to adjacent uses in order to ensure that the uses can coexist in relative proximity to one another in a stable fashion over time. These relationships are further implemented through the various setback, landscaping and dimensional requirements of the City’s Code. To a large extent, the relationship in this area south of I-95 on the east side of Powerline Road has been adequate. Additional code enforcement to maintain the proper landscaping required by the Code as it relates to property interfaces, as well as the frontage along Powerline Road, is an area that needs to continue to be addressed over time. On the west side of Powerline Road south of I-95, the City took a step to further ensure the compatibility and relationship of the land uses and zoning by rezoning through the flexibility provisions of the Broward County and City land use plans. This rezoning to Commercial included a significant portion of the area on the south side of N.W. 38th Street continuing south along Powerline Road. The future land use category in this area is industrial land use; however, the City and County codes provide that 20% of the area presently designated Industrial within a flexibility zone may be rezoned to a Commercial category. The City implemented this rezoning and the area was rezoned to B-2. B-2 is the General Business District. Further to the south a rezoning Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 11 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM occurred to PCC-2 that provides for an existing office park which is well maintained and has an attractive front door look to Powerline Road. It is a good example of the type of look the City should foster and encourage throughout the corridor. To the south of that is the Lowes facility which is presently zoned B-1. West of the corridor is an industrial area (zoned I-1) which is separated from Powerline Road frontage by local streets that serve the warehouses existing in that area. Those uses are considered to coexist in a stable fashion with the commercial frontage along Powerline Road and N.W. 38th Street. North of N.W. 38th Street and south of I-95 there is a B-2 parcel that is developed with a retail center and a vacant B-2 parcel to the north. There is also a vacant B-3 parcel behind the retail center on N.W. 38th Street. As noted later in this report, this particular intersection of N.W. 38th Street and Powerline Road serves as an important residential gateway to the communities of Lloyd Estates to the east and Royal Palm Isles to the west. The future zoning for this area should be closely reviewed and carefully considered by the City Commission going forward to ensure optimum compatibility and ensure the ability of the uses to coexist in a stable fashion over time while not unduly impacting the other uses in the area. 2. North of I-95 The area north of I-95 is somewhat unique and different from the area south of I-95. There is a higher occurrence of existing Industrial uses which are designated Industrial by both land use and zoning. This primarily includes Rinker Materials and Johnson Environmental Services. Further to the north are two hotel facilities and a vacant tract of land which are zoned B-2. At the southeast corner of Powerline Road and Commercial Boulevard is an existing Shell service station. On the west side of the Powerline Road corridor north of I-95 the City has only a very thin depth of frontage along Powerline Road within the City’s limits. That area is zoned B-2 and has existing retail-type uses. Below that is a fire station followed by commercial uses at the northwest corner of Prospect Road and Powerline Road. These uses are zoned B-2 which may be considered a higher category than would be appropriate adjacent to the existing residential to the west. The City could consider rezoning this area from B-2 to B-1 to provide a better interaction of uses as this area continues to redevelop over time. In the southeast corner of Prospect Road and Powerline Road is an existing vacant commercial tract which is designated Commercial by both land use and zoning. The zoning category is B-2 which is the general business district. It is sited across the street from the City of Fort Lauderdale’s water treatment plant and below a component of the industrial property that primarily fronts along I-95 and the CSX railway tracks. In proximity to these uses, the B-2 category could be considered appropriate for this area. The I-1 area to the north of Prospect Road and east of the CSX railway has been identified later in this report as an area that could have a focus of some upgraded landscaping and code enforcement controls. The site is designated Industrial by both land use and zoning. Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 12 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Unique to the entire corridor is that no office/warehouse facilities exist abutting the corridor. There are many of these types of facilities in the general vicinity of the corridor but they are separated by commercial uses, as is the case of the area to the northeast of Prospect Road and the CSX, as well as the area south of N.W. 38th Street and west of Powerline Road. These areas provide opportunities for continued office/warehouse type uses to serve this type of demand. Unique to the City of Oakland Park Code is the Planned Commerce Center (PCC) district. The district is intended to apply to certain parcels along arterial and urban collector streets and for parcels designated Industrial or Commercial on the Future Land Use Map. It was intended to be designed to encourage the development of planned and unified office, business and light industrial complexes at proper locations in an aesthetically pleasing environment in accordance with an approved site plan. The City has created three subdistricts which help to determine the appropriate type of commerce center at a particular location based upon land use designation, potential impact on residential neighborhoods, regional transportation network and other services and facilities. These districts are the PCC-1 (Planned Office Center); PCC-2 (Planned Business Center); and PCC-3 (Planned Light Industrial Center). As noted previously, one PCC-2 development exists along the west side of the corridor above the Lowes and below the ATI Training Center. This is a very attractive office park which provides a good front door appearance for the corridor. This parcel is deeper than many of the vacant parcels along the corridor but they still have the opportunity to site office or retail uses that would be compatible with other uses currently within the area on smaller size parcels. The City has the ability to waive the 10-acre requirement under the PCC guidelines which is the standard site requirement for this category. Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 13 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Figure 6: Future Land Use Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 14 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Figure 7: Zoning Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 15 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Figure 8: NW 38th Street Intersection Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 16 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Figure 9: Commercial Billboard Site Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 17 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Figure 10: Study Area Parcels by Specific Use Code Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 18 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM E. Transportation 1. Auto Mobility Powerline Road is a State Principal Arterial functionally-classified roadway traversing Broward County in a north-south direction extending from Sunrise Boulevard to the south to the northern county boundary. Automobile mobility in the corridor occurs largely in a north-south direction along Powerline Road. Powerline Road is a 6-lane roadway with a speed limit of 45 MPH in the study area. The Broward County Trafficways Plan requires right-of-way for Powerline Road to be 120 feet. Refer to Table 3 below for traffic count and level of service information. TABLE 3: Traffic Counts and Level of Service ROADWAY Coverage* Link ID* AADT (1) Count* AADT Cap.** PkHr(2) Count* PkHr Cap.** Current LOS** (3) OAKLAND PK BLVD E of I-95, W of 9th Ave 5130 68,500 49,200 6,170 4,680 F NW 38 STREET W of Powerline Rd E of Powerline Rd 9071 9072 7,817 6,894 10,000 10,000 700 620 950 950 D D PROSPECT RD W. of Andrews Ave W. of Powerline Rd 7157 7186 21,776 21,283 49,200 49,200 1,940 1,940 4,680 4,680 C C COMMERCIAL BLVD W of I-95, E of 9th Ave 5293 69,000 65,000 6,210 4,680 F POWERLINE RD S. of Prospect N of Oakland Pk Blvd 484 5189 25,500 25,500 53,500 53,500 2,300 2,300 5,080 5,080 B B *Source: Broward MPO Year 2008 Traffic Count Report; April 2009. **Source: Broward County Roadway Capacity and LOS Analysis 2007, 2030; September 2008 (1) AADT - Annual Average Daily Trips (2) PkHr - Peak Hour Trips (3) LOS – Level of Service The Powerline Road corridor meets and exceeds the adopted roadway level of service standard adopted by the City of Oakland Park. The terminus roadways- Oakland Park Boulevard and Commercial Boulevard are both constrained facilities. 2. Public Transit The study area enjoys good public transit coverage. Broward County Transit bus routes serve Powerline Road and the surrounding area and neighborhoods. The City’s Community bus service is currently suspended. a. Community Shuttle The City’s Community bus service is currently suspended. However, when in operation, the City of Oakland Park operated two community shuttle bus routes, the East route and the West route. The East route provided service to City Hall Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 19 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM and major shopping areas and the West route served the western portions of the community. Both the east and west routes served the study area. Discussion and depiction of the community routes have been included should the routes be re- established in the future. Refer to Figure 11: Transit Routes. b. Broward County Transit Broward County Transit Route 14 travels along Powerline Road in the study area. Route 14 is a north/south bus route following the Powerline Road alignment. Route 14 runs on 20/30 minute headways Monday through Friday and 45-minute headways on Saturday and Sunday. This route initiates north of Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and meanders through downtown Ft. Lauderdale and then west to Powerline Road, northward into Pompano Beach and then eastward to Pompano Fashion Square at US 1 and Copans Road. This route is considered to be over capacity, as is the portion of the route located in the City of Oakland Park. Other Broward County Transit routes located nearby include 55, 60, 72 and 11. Refer to Figure 11: Transit Routes. 3. Pedestrian Facilities As it relates to the study area, sidewalks exist along Powerline Road. The environment along the major roadways is generally not conducive to pedestrian travel; however, the City is working to change this situation as redevelopment occurs. The relationship of travel lanes to buildings and parking facilities with almost no landscaping creates a potentially hazardous environment. Despite this, pedestrian travel occurs between the residential and commercial service areas and access to transit routes predominately occurs on major roadways. 4. Bicycle Facilities There are no designated bike lanes along Powerline Road in the study area. Based upon the City’s Comprehensive Plan, bicycling within the City’s local streets is feasible and on major roadways, bicyclists typically use sidewalks for safety reasons. 5. Greenways There are no greenways existing or proposed within the study area. 6. Railways The City has two railway corridors within its boundaries. The eastern corridor is known as the Florida East Coast (FEC) Rail Corridor. The corridor is used almost exclusively for freight service. However, the Florida Department of Transportation is undertaking a study to assess reestablishing passenger service in this corridor. The western corridor is known as the Amtrak/Tri-Rail/CSX Rail Corridor. The Railway crosses Powerline Road at Prospect Road in the study area. Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 20 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Figure 11: Transit Routes Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 21 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM F. Programmed Corridor Improvements 1. Capital Improvements Element A review of the City’s Capital Improvements Element FY 09/10-13/14 indicated that no improvements are currently scheduled to occur in the study area through 2014. However, the following improvement was scheduled as part of the previous CIE reporting period. FDOT Project # 416875, resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation (RRR), began on April 6, 2009. The location and limits of the project are along Powerline Rd. from Oakland Park Boulevard to North of the I-95 overpass. The scope of work will consist of milling, resurfacing, and some widening. There is replacement of sidewalk and driveways at various locations, and drainage improvements under the I-95 overpass. FDOT will also be placing stamped asphalt (brick paver design) in the crosswalks of the intersection of NW 38th St. and Powerline Road. This project has a budget of $1.67 million and duration of 185 calendar days. Currently a bus stop exists with a bus bench only, at the intersection of Powerline Rd. and NW 38th ST. The bus stop will be upgraded to include a larger concrete landing area and a shelter. The shelter will be located just south of NW 38th Street on the west side. 2. Transportation Improvement Program The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a program of scheduled transportation improvements based upon the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The TIP is prepared by the MPO through coordination with FDOT and local transportation operators (SFRTA, BCT). The TIP addresses all transportation modes from greenways to commuter rails. The TIP contains county-wide transportation related projects proposed for initiation in the next five years, which presently includes FY 09/10 – FY 13/14. A review of the TIP indicates that no funded improvements are scheduled to occur in the study area through FY 13/14. 3. Long Range Transportation Plan The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is the Broward County Metropolitan Organization’s federally-mandated, financially-constrained, long-term planning document detailing the transportation improvements and policies to be implemented and must look forward at least 20 years. The updated LRTP was issued in December 2009 and includes a planning horizon through 2035. New to the 2035 LRTP is the coordination between the Broward MPO, Miami-Dade County MPO and Palm Beach County MPO to create a tri-county transportation plan that will provide travel choices for regional transportation needs. A review of the 2035 LRTP indicates the following cost feasible projects planned for the study area: Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 22 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM ID# Type Coverage 122 Bicycle Project Powerline Road from Commercial Boulevard to Prospect Road 230 Bicycle Project Powerline Road from Prospect Road to Oakland Park Boulevard Source: 2035 LRTP Exhibit 70 III. ISSUES The assessment identified the following specific issues which should be reviewed and considered by the City of Oakland Park. A. N.W. 38th Street and Powerline Road Intersection The intersection of N.W. 38th Street and Powerline Road is of particular importance to the study area. N.W. 38th Street serves as a main entrance in to the Royal Palm Isles and Lloyd Estates neighborhoods. N.W. 38th Street is the main gateway in to the Royal Palm Isles neighborhood in particular and is the only entrance and exit from the east. Aesthetics and neighborhood gateways are an important component of positive community character and help convey that an area is safe and pleasing to reside in and visit. The City acknowledges the importance of this by directing funding to improve the streetscape along N.W. 38th Street, including improvements to aesthetics, landscaping, sidewalks, green areas, and pedestrian amenities. The City also renamed N.W. 38th Street to Park Lane. The existing zoning designations on the west side of the Powerline Road and N.W. 38th Street intersection (parcel #s 102 through 109 and 111-112.) are B-2 and B-3. These districts include some intense uses that may not be desirable given the nature of the intersection and its relation to surrounding neighborhood. Intense but permissible uses include auto sales, light fabricating, wholesales, warehousing and storage, to name a few. The recent petition for the property to the north, depicted as parcels 102 and 103, is a warehouse/office facility with overhead doors fronting Powerline Road. This would be a very heavy commercial use being sited along Powerline Road and incompatible with the area. There are no other warehouse/office facilities fronting the corridor within the study area. It is inappropriate for overhead doors to front on Powerline Road. Overhead doors should be located away from the roadways and front yard areas. In contrast, the zoning designations on the east side of Powerline Road at the intersection area, including B-1 and R-O (Residence Office) are of a less intense nature and are more appropriate and provide the opportunity to enhance community character. B. Parcel Analysis A parcel-by-parcel analysis was conducted to identify issues and concerns of existing uses in the study area. Parcels identified as having issues and concerns were compiled into one document attached as Exhibit D: Identified Concerns and Recommendations. Included Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 23 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM with each parcel identified in Exhibit D are the issues identified and potential solutions. Generally, most issues relate to poor or absent landscaping (both aesthetically and for buffering purposes), unenclosed dumpsters, outdoor storage, inconsistent and disjointed signage, parking demarcation, and poor property upkeep. The issues identified in Exhibit D speak to the appearance and compatibility of the properties. The recommendations address ways to improve those appearance and compatibility issues. Section V in this report, Recommendations and Improvement Strategies, presents tools that the city can utilize to address existing issues as well as future development proposals. C. Commercial Billboard Site (N.W. 41st Street and N.W. 8th Terrace) This site is currently zoned B-1 with a billboard sign existing on the site. This site is of particular concern because of its location within the existing residential community. Refer to Figure 9: Billboard Site. The only access to the site is from within the surrounding residential community. This is in conflict with the Goals, Objectives and Policies of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and is also considered a concern by the neighborhood at large. The designation of the site is inconsistent with Policy1.2.3, Objective 1.4, Policy 1.4.6, and Policy 1.7.3 in the City’s Comprehensive Plan. IV. EXISTING REGULATORY CONTROLS A. Comprehensive Plan The comprehensive plan includes a statement of goals and objectives that establishes a community’s vision for the future. The Plan is used as policy guide to guide decisions about the development of the community and they serve as a set of guidelines against which the validity of land use proposals, plans and policies can be measured. Goals and objectives are critical components within the planning process because they define the collective desires of the community. There are several areas in the City of Oakland Park’s Goals, Objectives and Policies (GOPs) that support the recommendations outlined in this planning assessment. The following GOPs identify and support the need to ensure property maintenance, enhancement of landscaping and compatibility of uses within the City’s Land Development Regulations. Policy 1.2.3 By December 31, 2008, the City shall establish community appearance guidelines in the land development regulations to address physical compatibility of nonresidential uses where adjacent to residential use and the aesthetic or visual quality of development throughout the City. Objective 1.4 By 2010, eliminate uses incompatible with this land use plan citywide. Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 24 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Policy 1.4.2 Bi-annually review sign and landscaping codes to determine refinements needed to upgrade community character and image. Specific consideration should be given to the following: • Coordination of sign size, shape, materials and placement with building architecture; • Greater use of hedges and trees to provide vegetation on cramped sites; • Use of attractive paving material to enhance appearance on cramped sites; • Payments to a beautification fund in lieu of landscaping on cramped sites; and • Greater use of hedges, trees and grass or other ground cover to provide vegetation on adequately sized sites. Policy 1.4.3 By 2010, the City shall modify the development code to provide for the removal of nonconforming uses. Nonconforming uses should be removed within a 5- year amortization period, provided that the 5-year period may be extended following a public hearing and pursuant to a finding that the extension granted is necessary to provide a reasonable period of amortization. Policy 1.4.6 The City shall continue to minimize the impacts of incompatible land uses through the Land Development and Zoning Codes. The following GOPs identify and support the need for the city’s Land Development Regulations to address compatibility, adequacy of services and standards of review for development applications. Policy 1.7.2 The City shall reject rezoning, variance, and conditional use applications that would be detrimental to residential neighborhood quality by virtue of incompatibility of land use or excessive density. The City shall protect whenever possible existing and planned residential areas, including single family neighborhoods, from disruptive land uses and nuisances. When reviewing these types of applications the City shall consider compatibility of uses; intensity of uses; hours and types of operations; impacts (such as noise, lighting, and odors) that may negatively affect nearby residences, businesses, or community facilities; building mass and placement; and transportation access and connectivity. Policy 1.7.3 Through the Land Development Code and Zoning Ordinance, establish different intensities of commercial development compatible with adjacent and surrounding uses. Policy 1.10.3 By 2008, the City shall ensure the land development regulations include regulations which address the potentially adverse impacts Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 25 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM of industry, including noise, odor, vibration, air pollution, glare, heat, solid wastes, hazardous materials, fire and explosion. Policy 1.11.2 The City shall continue to implement, review (City shall perform a review a minimum of one (1) time every five (5) years) and, if necessary, revise land development regulations which at a minimum: a) Regulate the subdivision of lands; b) Ensures the compatibility of adjacent land uses, providing for open space and protecting adjacent residential areas; c) Protect groundwater quality; d) Protect potable water wellfields; e) Regulates signage; f) Ensures safe and convenient on site traffic flow and vehicle parking; and g) Provides for the issuance of development orders consistent with the requirements of the City’s Concurrency Management System, level of service standards, and adopted Capital Improvements Element. B. Land Development Code The current Land Development Code (LDC) addresses many areas of development and development review. These include a review of applications for adequacy of services; regulation of non-conforming uses and non-conforming site conditions and standards of review for applications outlined within Development Permit Application Package. The recommendations within this report are intended to augment and expand those existing regulations to assist the City in attaining a higher degree of compatibility between uses and also to enhance the overall appearance or “curb appeal” of the community. V. RECOMMENDATIONS AND IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES A. N.W. 38th Street and Powerline Road Intersection It is recommended that the City consider rezoning the existing B-2 and B-3 zoning designations of parcels 102 through 109 and 111-112 to a less intense category to enhance community character and acknowledge the sensitivity of the intersection in relation to surrounding neighborhoods. Less intense zoning would also enhance compatibility between the uses on the east and west sides of Powerline Road at the intersection. Less intense zoning designations for consideration include B-1 and Planned Commerce Center (PCC). The purpose of the PCC district is to apply to larger parcels located on arterial or urban collector streets within the City and which are designated Commercial or Industrial on the City’s Future Land Use Map. The city can apply a menu of uses to the property which would be compatible with the intersection and attain an interaction of uses that would help serve the neighboring communities without undue impact to those areas. In addition, this intersection represents an opportunity for an enhanced gateway to the Lloyd Estates and Royal Palm neighborhoods. The City should consider improvements in Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 26 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM this area similar to other neighborhood gateways located within the City. Refer to Exhibit E: Neighborhood Entrance Samples. This would also compliment the planned Park Lane (N.W. 38th Street) road improvements. B. Parcel Inventory As noted previously, a Parcel Inventory (Exhibit D) was conducted to identify selected parcels and specific improvements which could be implemented to provide enhancements to the corridor. Some of these improvements can be accomplished through code enforcement while others will require the cooperation of property owners and/or implementation of Land Development Code revisions to include a “Retro Landscape” ordinance which is further defined in Section B below. C. Commercial Billboard Site (N.W. 41st Street and N.W. 8th Terrace) It is recommended that the future land use and zoning designations existing on this site be amended to a residential designation consistent with the surrounding community to the east, north and south. D. Retro Landscape To assist some developed communities addressing inadequacies of landscape conditions on properties that have been developed for some time and are in need of updating and upgrading to more current conditions, some communities have utilized the tool of retro – landscape provisions in their code. Locally, both Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale have these provisions. An excerpt of the Broward County Code provides the following: Broward County Sec. 39-86. - Nonconforming properties a. Any property developed prior to November 23, 1993, regardless of the use, which was not brought into compliance with at least fifty (50) percent compliance with Ordinance No. 93-43 within the required five-year period, shall meet at least fifty (50) percent of the requirements of this Article by October 1, 1999. Any property developed prior to November 23, 1993, which was brought into compliance with Ordinance No. 93-43 shall meet at least fifty (50) percent of this Article by October 1, 2004. In order to encourage compliance with this Article, if a vehicular use area cannot be redesigned and the owner is unable to meet this fifty (50) percent requirement, the owner, after demonstrating the maximum extent to which the vehicular use area can be brought into compliance with this Article, shall be permitted to: (1) Reduce the number of required parking spaces by a maximum of twenty (20) percent to accommodate the additional landscaping. Sites with limited pervious area shall install only native plant material to assist in achieving the fifty (50) percent compliance; or (2) Where it is determined by Broward County on properties used for commercial, industrial and multiple family dwelling purposes, that conditions Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 27 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM are unfavorable for full landscape compliance due to plot size or other environmental conditions, payment may be made to a landscape fund which shall be maintained by the Code and Zoning Enforcement Division to assist property owners who prove a financial hardship exists in complying with this Article. Payment for such exemptions shall be based on twenty (20) percent of the amount of landscaping required for the square footage of the property, plus administrative fees. Such payment amounts and administrative fees shall be set by resolution of the County Commission. In cases of financial hardship on properties used for single family purposes, Code and Zoning Enforcement Division shall have the authority to grant extensions of time for compliance with this Article. (3) Permits issued to attain compliance to the landscape code requirements, including parking lot reconfiguration, will be valid for ninety (90) days from date of issuance. An excerpt of the Fort Lauderdale Code provides for the following: Fort Lauderdale Sec. 47-21.9 Landscape Requirements for Vehicular Use Areas Retroactive VUA landscaping. 1. Any owner of a parcel of land upon which there is located a vehicular use area which existed prior to July 7, 1977 shall meet at least fifty percent (50%) of the requirements of new vehicular use areas. If a vehicular use area cannot be redesigned and the owner is unable to meet this fifty percent (50%) requirement without reducing the number of required parking spaces or reducing the number of parking spaces provided for use of the parcel which would be required if based on the minimum off- street parking requirements for such use in effect on March 6, 1990, the owner shall comply to the maximum extent possible without reducing the number of required parking spaces. 2. The department shall be authorized to inspect each VUA and provide, as necessary, written notification to the owner, tenant or agent, if any, of the terms and provisions of these regulations. The owner shall submit a landscape plan to the department and obtain any required permits within thirty (30) days from receipt of notification. Installation shall be completed within ninety (90) days from receipt of the initial notification. Both Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale have successfully implemented these provisions. The procedures of review does not have to be overly complicated and can be administered through the City’s Code Enforcement Department with assistance from other disciplines such as landscaping, engineering and planning, as deemed appropriate. Within the ordinance, it is important to include the ability for some modification of standards, if needed, to attain the desired result of enhanced physical attraction of the community at large. Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 28 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM E. Adequacy Standards and Compatibility Review Standards Another area that can be considered to provide for compatible development is neighborhood compatibility requirements and adequacy requirements. Section 24-176, City Land Development Code presently includes Adequacy Standards. The following offers some additions/supplements to that set of standards for consideration. Requirements of this nature can be tailored to provide the city with a set of standards to be utilized during development review. The purpose of such standards is to ensure and enhance the compatibility of uses both existing and proposed. Adequacy and Neighborhood Compatibility standards will also ensure that an assessment of the adequacy of services has been conducted to provide the city with quality development that can be sustained. The City of Fort Lauderdale implemented such a program when it adopted new Land Development Regulations in 1997. The following outlines the areas within Section 24-176 that can be added or supplemented. A brief description of the each item in included. Adequacy Requirements a. Applicability – Allows the City to evaluate demand on public services and facilities created by a proposed development permit. b. Communications Network – Provides that structures do not interfere with the City’s communications network. c. Environmentally Sensitive Lands – This section can be linked to Article IX, City LDC. Allows City to review a development as it relates to federal, state, regional, and local environmental regulations; and Broward County Ordinances addressing environmentally sensitive lands and wellfield protection. Provides that impacts to environmentally sensitive lands must be mitigated. d. Fire Protection – Ensures fire protection is available to serve people and property of the proposed development in terms of water supply, hydrants, apparatus and facilities, fire code, and applicable fire and safety standards. e. Police Protection - Ensures police protection is available to serve the people and property of the proposed development and that the development provide improvements consistent with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies. f. Transportation facilities – Allows City to evaluate the impact of a proposed development on transportation facilities and the local and regional transportation network. Allows for the provision of traffic impact studies under certain conditions. g. Pedestrian Facilities – Sidewalks, pedestrian crossing and other pedestrian facilities shall be provided to encourage safe and adequate pedestrian movement on-site and along roadways to adjacent properties. Transit service facilities shall be provided for as required by Broward County Transit. Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 29 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM Pedestrian facilities shall be designed and installed in accordance with city engineering standards and accepted applicable engineering standards. h. Trash Management Requirements – Requires that a Trash Management Plan be provided for non-residential uses providing pre-packaged food or beverages for off-site consumption. Existing uses of that nature must adopt a Trash Management Plan within 6 months of the adoption of this provision. i. Historic and Archaeological Resources – Provides that if a structure is identified as archaeological or historically significant, the applicant is responsible for obtaining information from governing agencies and providing to information to the City. Fort Lauderdale Sec. 47-25.3 Neighborhood Compatibility Requirements The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Neighborhood Compatibility Requirements are quite extensive and detailed. The following is a snapshot of items addressed in Sec. 47- 25.3 • A proposed development must meet Adequacy Requirements. • A proposed development must not exceed maximum levels of smoke, odor, or emissions of particulate matter. Proposed development must obtain a Department of Natural Resources Protection (DNRP) license where required in accordance with County Code. • Design and Performance Standards including lighting, control of appearance (architectural features, loading facilities, screening including rooftop equipment), enhanced setbacks, bufferyard requirements (landscape strips, parking restrictions, dumpster regulations, wall requirements), neighborhood compatibility and preservation, and community compatibility criteria (density, FAR, height, yards, pedestrian circulation, perimeter treatments, usable outdoor spaces, etc.). F. Standards of Review Presently the City includes standards for review within the Development Permit Application Package. Many Cities include standards of review within their LDC. For example, the Town of Davie has incorporated standards of review when considering rezoning of property. The below outlines Davie’s review standards for rezonings. Davie Sec. 12-307. Review for Rezonings. A. Planning and Zoning Board Review: (1) The planning and zoning board shall hold its public hearing and shall make a recommendation upon the application to the town council, based upon its consideration of, where applicable, whether or not: Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 30 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM (a) The proposed change is contrary to the adopted comprehensive plan, as amended, or any element or portion thereof; (b) The proposed change would create an isolated zoning district unrelated and incompatible with adjacent and nearby districts; (c) Existing zoning district boundaries are illogically drawn in relation to existing conditions on the property proposed for change; (d) The proposed change will adversely affect living conditions in the neighborhood; (e) The proposed change will create or excessively increase automobile and vehicular traffic congestion, above that which would be anticipated with permitted intensities or densities of the underlying land use plan designation, or otherwise affect public safety; (f) The proposed change will adversely affect other property values; (g) The proposed change will be a deterrent to the improvement or development of other property in accord with existing regulations; (h) The proposed change will constitute a grant of special privilege to an individual owner as contrasted with the welfare of the general public; (i) There are substantial reasons why the property cannot be used in accord with existing zoning; (j) The proposed zoning designation is the most appropriate designation to enhance the town's tax base given the site location relative to the pattern of land use designations established on the future land use plan map, appropriate land use planning practice, and comprehensive plan policies directing land use location. (k) Any such application for open space design shall be evaluated and approved based upon the criteria listed above and the following criteria: 1. How the proposed development contributes towards the creation of a network of open space and promotes accessibility from residential areas to green space; 2. How the proposed development locates the required open space to benefit both the development and the community of Davie. 3. How the proposed development addresses the long-term maintenance of proposed open space, landscape and nature conservation areas. The below criteria for granting a rezoning was included in Broward County’s Zoning Code Sec. 39-28. 1. Whether there exists an error or ambiguity that must be corrected; 2. Whether changed or changing conditions make the approval of the request appropriate; 3. Whether the request is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and the Future Land Use Plan Map; 4. Whether the request will protect, conserve or preserve natural resources or environmentally critical areas; 5. Whether the request will place an undue burden on existing infrastructure; 6. Whether there is sufficient infrastructure capacity for any projected increase generated by the request; and, 7. Whether the permitted uses in a requested rezoning are compatible with existing and Powerline Road Planning Assessment Page 31 20101/PowerlineAssessment_FINAL.doc/6/16/2010 9:27 AM proposed uses in the general vicinity; except, however, nonconforming uses of neighboring lands, structures or buildings shall not be considered as support for approval of any request. The City should consider adding standards of review to the City’s Land Development Code to assist in the review of applications. G. Capital Improvement Strategies and Funding-Based Improvement Programs In order to implement recommendations to improve community appearance and compatibility in the study area and throughout the city as a whole, the City should consider the enactment of a funding-based improvement program for non-residential areas and/or corridors. The City of Oakland Park is one of the older cities in Broward County and over the years some of the city’s business corridors, such as the study area, have lost their vitality. As part of its commitment to community revitalization, developing strategies to improve commercial corridors and enhance surrounding neighborhoods is imperative. A Commercial and Industrial Improvement Program could be developed to help business owners improve the exterior appearance of their buildings and properties. The program would provide funds and design assistance to business and property owners in eligible areas and who meet eligibility requirements. Recipients could use the funds for a variety of improvements designated by the city ranging from landscape, parking and repainting improvements to the purchase of new windows and awnings. Refer to Exhibit F: Funding Improvement Program Sample. The City could also use this as an opportunity to enhance its “green” rating by requiring that improvements include a green component, if deemed feasible and/or appropriate. The availability of funding source may have an impact on whether or not a “green” component is reasonable. In addition, the City should consider funding through its Capital Improvements Program Annual Update to continue to upgrade the community appearance. Exhibit A Permitted Uses by Land Use Exhibit B Permitted Uses by Zoning Exhibit C Business List Page 1 of 4 Page 2 of 4 Page 3 of 4 Page 4 of 4 Exhibit D Identified Concerns and Recommendations Commercial Boulevard Prospect RoadPowerline RoadI-9581 44 97 78 79 77 101 33 82 48 98 64 88 37 71 76 65 39 38 93 96 89 92 80 36100 69 67 70 62 87 86 57 90 91 95 94 85 32 45 46 34 47 63 68 66 40 49 41 50 51 42 52 61 53 84 54 43 55 56 58 59 60 74 73 75 72 99 31 83 35 I95NW 9TH AVEI95 RAMPNW 10TH AVENW 4 4 TH S TPOWERLINE RDNW 8TH TERW CO M M ERCI AL BLVD NW 4 5 TH CT NW 4 7 TH S T N POWERLINE RDNW 49TH S T NW 9TH TERNW 46TH ST NW 4 3 RD STI95I95 RAMPOakland Park BoulevardPowerline RoadI-95123 122 4 1 8 15 117 16 107 2 3 104 103 106 29 30 108 7 11 113 27 33 6 9 116 19 114 24 124 115 14 28 119 5 23 125 26 13 10 20 18 121 21 120 12 17 25 111 105 109 102 32 112 22 31 I95NW 9TH AVEPOWERLINE RDNW 38TH ST NW 3 1 ST STI95 RAMPNW 10TH AVENW 10TH TERL L O Y D D R NW 4 0 TH S T NW 39TH S T NW 3 4 TH S T NW 41 ST ST NW 3 3 RD ST NW 3 7 TH S T NW 4 2 ND ST NW 43RD ST NW 8TH TERNW 3 6 TH S T NW 4 3 RD CT NW 35TH CT NW 6TH AVENW 43RD ST NW 10TH TERI95F F Parcel Identification Map Powerline Road Planning Assessment PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #1, 3100 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494222000350 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Recommendation: Hedges; and flowering shrubs at corner; Enclose dumpster N Page 2 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #2, 3160 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494222000430 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Recommendation: Enclose Dumpster, Flowering shrubs/shade trees in front; hedge along south side. Enhance rear buffer (abuts residential). N Page 3 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #6, 3298 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494222093340 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Recommendation: Manicured groundcover/ shrubs; flowering shrubs to define entrance N Page 4 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel: 9, 3350 NW 9th Avenue, Folio: 494222093050 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 N Recommendation: Bring Fence on east side out to property line. Move tables/seating areas behind fence. Add landscape to north west corner of property (careful of sight line). Monitor loitering. Street View Page 5 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #14, 3500 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494222092920 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Approx. 10 ft SHOULD BE USED AS LEADING EXAMPLE FOR OTHER PROPERTIES Street View N Page 6 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #27, 3990 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494222100350 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Approximately 28 feet Street view GOOD EXAMPLE FOR OTHER PROPERTIES HAVING ENOUGH SPACE TO ACCOMMODATE THIS TYPE OF LANDSCAPING N Page 7 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #28, 4010 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494222400010 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Approximately 65 feet. Potential for increasing landscaping. Street view Recommendation: Add trees/shrubs. Shade for Bus bench. Unify Signage. N Page 8 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #37, 899 W PROSPECT RD, Folio 494215100010 Before Street View N Recommendation: Overall landscaping improvements and stripe/define parking. Page 9 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #44, 4600 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494215000060 Street View – Gaps between hedges Street ViewRecommendation: Add hedges where gaps; Add trees along front perimeter for better buffer. N Page 10 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcels Along I-95 north of Prospect Road. Folio: multiple Issue 1: Landscape/buffer along I-95 and railroad tracks Issue 2: Landscaping in yards, where applicable. Maybe shrubs to discourage illegal parking Issue 3: General - Enclose dumpsters, where applicable. Issue 4: General - stripe/define parking spaces. Issue 5: Dumping - consider adding Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Page 11 Recommendation: Add Landscaping along I-95 and railroad tracks. Example: Issue 1 Street view Note: Owned by FDOTN Page 12 Issue 2 Example of improved landscaping on parcel existing in warehouse area. Page 13 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #77, 4700 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494215150010 and 494215150020 Currently no screening or landscapingRecommendation: Add screening or add hedges and trees along front perimeter. N Page 14 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #87, 4871 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494216070760 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Approx. 45 feet Approx. 20 feet Recommendation: Expand landscaping area to accommodate design opportunities. For example, see parcel #14. Hedge in “street view” inaccurate. Existing hedge is trimmed but bare. Street View N Page 15 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #88, 4751 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494216070721 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Recommendation: Landscape/add hedges tot from perimeter. Enclose dumpster. Plastic/Vinyl signs hanging on fence permitted? N Page 16 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #89, 4721 NW 9 AVE, FIRE STATION #20, Folio 494216070710 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Recommendation: Add hedges/bushes/ landscaping. N Page 17 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #92, 4621 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494216041270 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Recommendation: Enhance Landscaping. See Example in Parcel #27 or #91 Enclose dumpster Approx. 28 ft N Street View Page 18 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #93, 4601 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494216041290 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Recommendation: Enhance and widen Landscaping, add flowering shrubs. Perhaps extend center landscaping area and reduce driveway entrance and exit. Unify Signage. Approx. 8 ft. Approx. 37 ft. Street View Page 19 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #94, 4531 POWERLINE RD, Folio 494216041590 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Recommendation: Stripe/define Parking. Screen fence to hide parking lot. Street View Page 20 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #96, 4545 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494216041620 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Recommendation: Add landscaping, flowering shrubs to side yard and front landscaped area. Street View Page 21 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #100, 4401 N POWERLINE RD, Folio 494216042150 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Recommendation: Add hedges/landscaping to front perimeter. Clean up/manicure landscape on east side of building. Street View Street View CITY- OWNED Page 22 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcels #104-105, 3809 NW 9 AVE, Folio: 494221280010 & 494221380030 N Recommendation: Potentially space to increase front landscaped area. Unify Signage. Approx. 70 feet Street view Page 23 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel #113-114, 3555 and 3575 NW 9 AVE, Folio 494221150310 and 494221200140 Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Recommendation: Relief from parking standard to install landscaping along Powerline Rd. Address parallel parking along building front. Unify Signage N 114 115 Street View Page 24 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcels #115-121, 3501 NW 9 AVE, Folio: multiple N 117117 121 120 119118115116Street view Recommendation: Enhance front landscaping. Address overflow parking on northeast corner of property. Page 25 PARCEL INVENTORY Identified Concerns Parcel: Misc ROW, Powerline Rd and Prospect Rd Powerline Road Planning Assessment Prepared April 2010 by Leigh Robinson Kerr & Associates, Inc. 808 East Las Olas Boulevard #104 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 N Recommendation: Add Lanscaping. Street View Page 26 Exhibit E Neighborhood Entrance Samples Exhibit F Funding Improvement Program Sample Commercial Improvement Program Guidelines To help business owners improve the exterior appearance of their buildings the City has begun accepting applications for the Commercial Improvement Program (CIP). Eligible businesses and building owners may apply for funding to make permanent exterior improvements to enhance the appearance of their businesses. The program requires that all proposals meet the following eligibility requirements:  Use of the fund shall be designated for improvement of commercial areas or properties that exhibit pre-blight conditions and for public investment to facilitate private economic development and to limit or eliminate blight.  These funds are made available to businesses focusing on, but not limited to, the following boundaries: Downtown/The Parkway, Island View (Wye area), Lee Boulevard/Stevens, Richland Airport, the Uptown Shopping Center, Van Giesen, Wellsian Way, or any commercial area that is 30 years or older and located within Richland.  Funds may only be used for exterior building and site improvements. The improvements shall be clearly visible to the general public from streets, sidewalks, and other public access points. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the City prior to submitting a plan for facade and streetscape improvements containing a description and illustration of planned improvements and an itemized budget, including design, installation and fabrication costs. Please refer to Commercial Improvement Program Checklist.  Any funding must be matched by non-City funding. City funding may not exceed 50% of the total improvement costs. The only exception will be proposals from City of Richland departments that may use other City derived funds to match the CIP funds. However, City requests must enhance an area immediately adjacent to Richland businesses.  Funds must be used within the same year of the award date or within 6 months of award date, whichever period is longer. Applicants that do not use the awarded funds within the specified timeframe will not be eligible to apply to the CIP for 3 years.  Any applicant holding a current Richland business license is eligible for funding; however, those applicants that generate positive economic impact through retail sales and service are given a higher review priority.  Any building with a zoning or building code violation is not eligible for the program.  Any enhancement that takes place before the final approval will not be eligible.  The program will not provide funds for working capital, debt refinancing, equipment/inventory acquisition, application fees, permit fees, legal fees, plumbing repair/improvement, HVAC repair/improvements, parking lot resurfacing, or interior remodeling.  The project must comply with the Richland Municipal Code or other technical standards. This is the responsibility of the applicant. Requirements Upon Funding  The City’s program and participation shall be secured by agreement, such agreement to provide for the City ownership of an interest in the facilities and improvements funded pursuant to the agreement.  Applicants will be responsible to payback the funds to the City if the property is leased to another tenant, sold, or transferred within less than five years. Also, the City shall receive payment if the enhanced area is significantly modified or altered. For more information about the program or to obtain an application form, contact the Richland Economic Development Division, P.O. Box 190 – MS 18, Richland, WA 99352, (509) 942-7725.  This Agreement will require applicants to maintain, at their expense, the improvements completed through the Program for five years.  The City interest in facilities and improvements will be amortized and reduced at the rate of twenty percent (20%) per year for five (5) years after funded project is complete. The repayment of the full amount will be required if violations occur within a year, within two years 80%, within three years 60%, within four years 40%, within five years 20%. Review Criteria Applicants may apply for up to $5,000 in any program year. In reviewing such requests, the review committee shall base its funding decisions on the following guidelines: 1. Visual impact on the commercial district. The project should be decorative and artfully designed. Each applicant is encouraged to utilize the City’s One-on-One Design Assistance Program. Any applicant utilizing the design program that does not make a good faith effort to complete the recommended project will not be allowed to use the CIP for 3 years. The completion of the project is the responsibility of the applicant. Use of this program does not guarantee funding. 2. Clustering of projects for maximum impact. 3. Projects that leverage additional economic activities. 4. Contribution of project to the economic vitality of the commercial district and/or the neighborhood. 5. Enhancement of property appearance and historical features. 6. The project should enhance the exterior appearance of the subject building or storefront and/or improve the appearance of the neighborhood that is long lasting. 7. The proposed project improvements should be consistent with the draft Central Business District Design Guidelines. 8. Projects that reinforce and implement portions of the Hyatt Palma report will be reviewed more favorably. 9. Applications shall provide all required supporting documentation. 10. Applicants requesting funds for the first time will be reviewed more favorably. Requests in excess of $5,000 that are recommended by the review committee may only be approved by the Richland City Council. In reviewing such requests, the City Council will, in part, base its funding decisions on the above guidelines in addition to the following: 1. The project should not be so large in scope as to place an undue burden on the Commercial Improvement Program budget. 2. The project enhances the building and the surrounding neighborhood. Funding Cycle The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Applications will be evaluated and approved or denied, per the recommendation of the review committee, in a manner consistent with the program rules outlined above. For more information about the program or to obtain an application form, contact the Richland Economic Development Division, P.O. Box 190 – MS 18, Richland, WA 99352, (509) 942-7725. Commercial Improvement Program Application Business Name: Owner’s Name(s): Mailing Address: Project Address (if different from above): Phone: FAX: Amount of funding requested (cannot exceed 50% of total cost): $ 1. Have you utilized this program before? YesNo If yes, what year and monetary amount did you receive? Please indicate funding level and identify the project(s). 2. Provide a complete description of the planned improvements and how you believe they will enhance your business district. You may use additional space if necessary. Attach an illustration of the project to this application. 3. Will the project require any permits? YesNo Please describe: For permit information, please contact Richland Permit Services at 942-7587. For more information about the program or to obtain an application form, contact the Richland Economic Development Division, P.O. Box 190 – MS 18, Richland, WA 99352, (509) 942-7725. 4. Total project cost: $ Expenses (please provide at least 2 estimates) Amount Design..................................…………………………..……....$ Labor...............................……………………………..…….….$ Materials/Equipment.........................………………..…..…..$ Sales Tax…………………...........………………………..…….$ Other ……………….….........$ Other ……………….….........$ Funding Sources Amount Business Owner................……………………………….......$ City (50% Maximum)…..…………………...............,,,,,,........$ Other ……………………………………....$ Total (Must match project cost)……………………………..$ 5. Project schedule: Estimated Start Date Estimated Completion Date 6. If you are not the building or property owner, do you have permission from the building or property owner to make the above described improvements? YesNo Name of Building or Property Owner: Phone: If NO, please explain: You may use additional sheets of paper if necessary to complete the application. You may also attach any additional information about your company or project you think is relevant to this application. I certify that the above information is correct to the best of my knowledge and that the requested funds will be used only for purposes described in this application or as approved by the City. I understand it is my responsibility to obtain all necessary permits and to make sure my project meets all state and local laws and codes. Name, Title Date All applications must be completed and submitted to the Richland Office of Business and Economic Development. Mail applications to P.O. Box 190, MS # 18 or fax to (509) 942-7379. Please contact Trisha Herron at (509) 942-7725 if you have any questions. **Consultation with City staff is recommended prior to submitting this application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. For more information about the program or to obtain an application form, contact the Richland Economic Development Division, P.O. Box 190 – MS 18, Richland, WA 99352, (509) 942-7725. Commercial Improvement Program Checklist Yes No Does this project meet the minimum requirements found in the program guidelines? Does the business hold a current City of Richland business license? Do you have the available funds to complete the project? Do you have the ability to complete the project within the specified timeframe? Does the project comply with the Richland Municipal Code? Are the proposed improvements visible to the general public from streets, sidewalks, and other public access points? Are the improvements consistent with the draft Central Business District Design Guidelines? Do the improvements have a positive economic impact? Did you consult with the City prior to submitting the application?  Is the request more than $5,000? Is the request less than 50% of the total project cost? Did you include an itemized budget? Did you provide at least two estimates? Did you utilize the One-on-One Design Assistance Program? Is the project well designed? Did you include a design? Was it color illustrated? Is the improvement long lasting? Does it include an artful design element? Did you provide before photographs and proposed enhancements? For more information about the program or to obtain an application form, contact the Richland Economic Development Division, P.O. Box 190 – MS 18, Richland, WA 99352, (509) 942-7725. Appendix I General Building Use Codes Appendix II Specific Use Codes PROPERTY SEARCH | SENIOR CITIZENS | HOMESTEAD & OTHER EXEMPTIONS | HOME BUYER'S TAX ESTIMATOR Home Office Locations Appeals & Petitions Maps & Aerials Download Forms F.A.Q. 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non-professional services buildings, multi- story 19 Professional services building 20 Airports (private or commercial), bus terminals, marine terminals, piers, marinas Page 1 of 5Broward County Property Appraiser's Network 4/1/2010http://www.bcpa.net/use_code.asp 40-49 Industrial 21 Restaurants, cafeterias 22 Drive-in restaurants 23 Financial institutions (banks, savings & loan companies, mortgage companies, credit services) 24 Insurance company offices 25 Repair service shops (excluding automotive), radio & TV repair, laundries, laundromats 26 Service stations 27 Auto sales, repair and storage, auto-service shops, body and fender shops, commercial garages, farm and machinery sales and services, auto rental, marine equipment, mobile home sales, motorcycles, construction vehicle sales 28 Parking lots (commercial or patron), mobile home parks 29 Wholesale outlets, produce houses, manufacturing outlets 30 Florist, greenhouses 31 Drive-in theatres, open stadiums 32 Enclosed theatres, 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