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<br />1 <br /> <br />PLANNING COMMISSION CITY MANAGER <br />Demery Bishop Diane Schleicher <br />Tom Borkowski <br />Marianne Bramble PLANNING & ZONING MANAGER <br />Tyler Marion, Vice Chair Dianne Otto, CFM <br />David McNaughton <br /> CITY ATTORNEY <br /> Edward M. Hughes <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES <br />Planning Commission Meeting <br />January 21, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. <br /> <br /> <br />Vice Chair Tyler Marion called the January 21, 2014, Tybee Island Planning Commission meeting to order. <br />Commissioners present were Marianne Bramble, David McNaughton, Tyler Marion, and Tom Borkowski. <br /> <br />Mr. Marion – The first order of business is the minutes of the December 17, 2013, meeting. Do I have any discussion? <br />[There was none.] Do I have a motion? [David McNaughton made a motion to approve as written; Marianne Bramble <br />seconded.] All those in favor please signify. [The vote was unanimous.] <br /> <br />Mr. Marion – Do we have any recusals or disclosures? [There were none.] <br /> <br />Text Amendment – Section 14-030 & 14-050 – Historic Preservation <br />Ms. Otto – The Historic Preservation Commission has been going through the process and working towards having a <br />Downtown Development Authority, it is called a DDA. One of the aspects of forming a DDA was these proposed changes <br />to the Historic Preservation’s role. These are additions to code sections already on the books. In Section 14-030, item <br />(D) would be added that would allow the Historic Preservation Commission, “To employ persons, if necessary, to carry <br />out the responsibilities of the Commission but only after first receiving approval by the Tybee Island City Council.” It lays <br />out a possibility but kind of pulls it back when saying it is subject to Council approval in order for them to do so. <br />Following that in Section 14-050(P), (P) would be an addition that would read, “The Commission may, where such action <br />is authorized by the Tybee Island City Council and is reasonably necessary or appropriate for the preservation of a unique <br />historic property, enter into negotiations with the owner for the acquisition by gift, purchase, exchange, or otherwise, to <br />the property or any interest there in.” It would expand the Historic Preservation Commission’s authority but it still has <br />that same pull back where they have to get City Council’s approval before they would be allowed to venture into <br />negotiations about a property. These are a couple of elements that, in aligning our ordinances with the requirements, if <br />a DDA is formed, was necessary. This has been through the City Attorney’s office and that is why you are seeing it in <br />ordinance form. If you don’t feel like you have enough explanation from me, this could come back, hopefully with a <br />representative from the Historic Preservation Commission. <br /> <br />Mr. McNaughton – I understand the intent and I’m comfortable with this as proposed. Is there a legal reason for an <br />ordinance to authorize the Commission to negotiate rather than the City directly? <br /> <br />Ms. Otto – Yes, under the Downtown Development Authority. <br /> <br />Mr. McNaughton – The City can’t do it; somebody else has to do it? <br /> <br />Ms. Otto – Not that they couldn’t. The empowerment would go to the Historic Commission subject to Council approval <br />rather than Council embarking on their own. <br /> <br />