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August 20, 2009: City approves proposed Corporate Park amendments

 The City Commission has approved proposed Land Development Code amendments that would revise certain aspects of the City’s Corporate Park Code. The amendments, which were initially reviewed at a Commission workshop on April 27, are aimed at encouraging sustainable development of vacant and underutilized parcels within the Corporate Park. The Park currently includes about 345 businesses with active licenses.

The proposed amendments focus primarily on permitted and conditional uses. Most significantly, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-based zoning incentive was created to encourage redevelopment by allowing higher density in exchange for development that is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and thus promote sustainability.

The City collaborated with the Property Owners Association of the Corporate Park on the new land development regulation to improve the look, function and marketability of the Park. Service-based uses will be allowed along the perimeter of the Park to add amenities that will meet Park employers’ and employees’ needs. Other changes include allowing hotels to increase the maximum height from 50 feet to 75 feet for flexibility in design and limiting new self-storage development to the interior of the Park.

Staff recommended approving the amendments to increase competitiveness of the Corporate Park, as the proposed modifications are consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Newly developed properties would contribute to the economic growth of the City and promote redevelopment of older portions of the Park, as well as allow additional development potential while maintaining high aesthetic standards in an environmentally friendly manner.

 "The owners like the new flexibility in uses and the option to achieve a higher lot coverage, which translates to more square footage," Commissioner Roy Gold said. "In return the City gets a more sustainable development that will also enhance our tax base."


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