At the August 20, 2019 meeting of the Delray Beach City Commission, Michael Cernech was selected for the post of City Manager. The Commission also approved a working version of the new comprehensive city plan, “Always Delray.”  The comprehensive plan will be sent to the Department of Economic Opportunity for further review. density. The Commission also unanimously authorized and approved the revised Local Housing Assistance Plan, a component of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership.

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At the August 20, 2019, Regular Delray City Commission Meeting:

    • The Commission selected Michael Cernech for the post of City Manager.
    • The Commission approved a working version of the new comprehensive city plan, “Always Delray.”  The comprehensive plan will be sent to the Department of Economic Opportunity for further review.
    • Much of the meeting was devoted to discussion of “Always Delray”. The Chair of the Always Delray Steering Committee thanked the Committee members but expressed disappointment that all references to the SET Plan for development in the downtown area west of Swinton were deleted. Commissioner Ryan suggested that some of the items in the SET plan could be reinstated and that the term “SET” could be replaced.
    • Vice Mayor Johnson pointed out that some of the language in the SET plan was divisive with a tone that was “not Delray”.
    • Commissioner Frankel stated that some of the leading proponents of the SET had posted anti-Semitic comments online, had demanded fees from developers, and had campaigned in local elections, effectively using the SET as a PAC.
    • Mayor Petrolia said that she would be willing to incorporate some of the SET items in the next “Always Delray” update provided that divisive political elements did not infiltrate the process.
    • Addressing a different aspect of the comprehensive plan, Joy Howell of the “Always Delray Steering Committee asked the Commission to reduce the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) to 2.5 to reduce density in the city and requested more explicit protection for historic districts.  Mayor Petrolia asked the City Attorney about the feasibility of reducing the FAR. The City Attorney replied that the comprehensive plan could include new limits on density.
    • On another agenda item, the Commission unanimously authorized and approved the revised Local Housing Assistance Plan, a component of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership. Only minor revisions were made, such as increasing caps on spending and easing income eligibility requirements.
    • The Commission also approved the Consent Agenda which included a Beach Renourishment Program resolution stating that Delray Beach will “consider participation and will provide local funding share” for State beach management programs contingent on approval by the Commission.
    • During the comments on non-agenda items, Commissioner Bill Bathurst requested that a tree overlay for 7th Avenue be placed on the next agenda, and Vice Mayor Shirley Johnson mentioned the importance of fixing septic tank issues to avoid underground water contamination.

Carol Hershey    202-997-9846