Government advocacy update
• PUD reform is under consideration by Council members Lori Boyer, Bill Gulliford and John Crescimbeni. PUD submissions are greater in number in Duval compared with neighboring counties. Possible changes include switching to a two-tier PUD system and more flexibility in the zoning code. No legislation has been filed.
• LDR change discussions are moving forward in the Clay County Commission. County staff proposed changes to the Land Development Regulations and NEFBA provided input at the staff level. Suggested changes include requiring Lot Grading As-Built, increased widths of local roads and right of ways, reduced horizontal and centerline radius on roads and a required two-lift of asphalt on residential roads.
Baker County issues: Jessie Spradley, JSpradley@nefba.com and (904) 725-4355
• Concurrency amendments have been requested by the St. Johns County Commission and staff has been directed to amend the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code to exempt nonresidential development from the county’s concurrency program. According to the county, the purpose of the exemption is to promote economic and business development. NEFBA is pushing commissioners to expand the exemption to include residential.
• Lobbyist reform is being addressed by an ordinance that would require lobbyists to register with the county and ban contingency payments. Lobbyists would be required to log all communications with elected county officials and staff and report any communication to the county within seven days. Failure to comply could result in the loss of the ability to work in the county.
• Expired permits are being cleared from Fernandina Beach records in an effort to prevent contractors from pulling additional permits if they have more than two expired permits. The current rules allow for 10 expired permits, but the rule until recently has not been heavily enforced, resulting in hundreds of expired permits on county books.