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What is important for high-quality development in our City? What changes are needed in our land development regulations to better enable us to revitalize the community? Share your thoughts or concerns by commenting on as many or as few questions as you like.

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1. In your opinion, what are examples of good and bad development in our city? Can you identify any forms of development in other communities that you would like to see built in Tamarac?

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2. Do the current development standards (parking, landscaping, building design, etc.) result in high-quality development?

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3. Are there provisions that create obstacles to good development (e.g., parking standards, site dimensional requirements, building height restrictions)?

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4. Are the current development standards objectively and consistently interpreted? If not, what are some of the problem standards and interpretation issues?

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5. When determining compatibility between mixed use commercial sites and adjacent residential areas, what factors, such as height, traffic, noise, public safety and building setbacks, are most important?

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6. Have you ever been involved in a land use amendment to the city’s Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map? If so, was the process reasonable and timely, or were problems encountered? Please elaborate on any difficulties.

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7. Is the current menu of zoning districts appropriate for Tamarac? Could similar districts be consolidated? Are any districts unused? Are new districts necessary (such as mixed-use districts, mentioned above)?

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8. Are certain permitted land uses in Tamarac especially problematic? (e.g., drive-through facilities or massage therapists) Are new standards needed for specific land uses?

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9. Are permitted land uses well-defined and well-organized?

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10. Have you had any experience with or observed any of our development review application processes such as our rezoning, site plan, special exception or other application review process? If so, is it clear what criteria govern the approval or denial of different types of development applications?

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11. Based on your experience or observation of our rezoning, site plan, special exception or other application review process, do opportunities exist for streamlining (or eliminating) review procedures? Is the timeline for approvals viewed as too slow or too fast?

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12. Based on your experience or observation, are application reviews conducted as described in the regulations?

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13. Are there decision-making responsibilities that can be shifted to a lower level (e.g., discretion of the Community Development Director) or a higher level (City Commission)?

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14. Overall, what do you view as the biggest strength of Tamarac’s existing zoning and land development regulations?

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15. Overall, what do you view as the biggest weakness with Tamarac’s existing zoning and land development regulations? What would you most like to see changed?

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16. Do you have any other comments about Tamarac’s current Land Development Regulations, other related regulations, Comprehensive Plan, or this project?

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Ryan Gates inside Tamarac
December 14, 2014, 11:54 PM
  • 1. In your opinion, what are examples of good and bad development in our city? Can you identify any forms of development in other communities that you would like to see built in Tamarac?

    I would like to see an emphasis on greater walkability and a city that caters to people rather than cars. There have been good developments such as crosswalks, pedestrian overpasses and bike lanes. Negative developments have consisted of building highway style roads that literally dissect and break apart the city. Allowing for more of a city center that is safe for pedestrians and encourages people to make Tamarac a destination than a pass through would be helpful.

  • 2. Do the current development standards (parking, landscaping, building design, etc.) result in high-quality development?

    I am not currently aware of what our current development standards are, so clarifying that to all residents would be a good starting point. Based on what I see around the city, I think that there is room for improvement in the landscaping, building design and multimodal transportation.

  • 3. Are there provisions that create obstacles to good development (e.g., parking standards, site dimensional requirements, building height restrictions)?

    I would argue that there should be more stringent parking lot standards. Expansive parking lots and many driveways create disconnected buildings and dangerous roadways. There are not many tall buildings now, but this could potentially be an issue if development took off.

  • 4. Are the current development standards objectively and consistently interpreted? If not, what are some of the problem standards and interpretation issues?

    I haven't had any experience in this area.

  • 5. When determining compatibility between mixed use commercial sites and adjacent residential areas, what factors, such as height, traffic, noise, public safety and building setbacks, are most important?

    The most important factor would be community input from the adjacent residential areas. They should have the ability to vote new mixed use commercial sites up or down.

  • 6. Have you ever been involved in a land use amendment to the city’s Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map? If so, was the process reasonable and timely, or were problems encountered? Please elaborate on any difficulties.

    No.

  • 7. Is the current menu of zoning districts appropriate for Tamarac? Could similar districts be consolidated? Are any districts unused? Are new districts necessary (such as mixed-use districts, mentioned above)?

    I am not familiar with the zoning districts. The link below is not useful to myself or the average citizen. We need a synopsis of each of the zoning districts in plain language rather than legaleese. I personally would be more interested in mixed use districts, but I am not familiar with the current zoning districts.

  • 8. Are certain permitted land uses in Tamarac especially problematic? (e.g., drive-through facilities or massage therapists) Are new standards needed for specific land uses?

    It would be beneficial to have specific permitted land uses. I believe there would be benefits to have a reasonably granular set of permitted land uses. A more granular permitted land use would help simplify the linked to chart.

  • 9. Are permitted land uses well-defined and well-organized?

    I think that making them more ganular would help in this effort.

  • 10. Have you had any experience with or observed any of our development review application processes such as our rezoning, site plan, special exception or other application review process? If so, is it clear what criteria govern the approval or denial of different types of development applications?

    No.

  • 11. Based on your experience or observation of our rezoning, site plan, special exception or other application review process, do opportunities exist for streamlining (or eliminating) review procedures? Is the timeline for approvals viewed as too slow or too fast?
    No response.
  • 12. Based on your experience or observation, are application reviews conducted as described in the regulations?
    No response.
  • 13. Are there decision-making responsibilities that can be shifted to a lower level (e.g., discretion of the Community Development Director) or a higher level (City Commission)?
    No response.
  • 14. Overall, what do you view as the biggest strength of Tamarac’s existing zoning and land development regulations?
    No response.
  • 15. Overall, what do you view as the biggest weakness with Tamarac’s existing zoning and land development regulations? What would you most like to see changed?
    No response.
  • 16. Do you have any other comments about Tamarac’s current Land Development Regulations, other related regulations, Comprehensive Plan, or this project?

    This was a long questionaire which seemed extremely targeted at an issue that is complex. I would have preferred to have more resources available prior to having multiple shorter questionaires.

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You may access Tamarac Code of Ordinances Sec. 24-2 for the list of zoning districts referred to in Question 7.

You may access Tamarac Code of Ordinances Sec.24-434 to view permittted land uses referred to in Question 8.

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