By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
The SPI Development Standards Review Task Force (DSRTF) met Tuesday morning for a short meeting to discuss a Special Development Plan for the Courtyard by Marriott as well as a zoning designation for the recently annexed Ocean Tower Property.
The Courtyard by Marriott is proposing a five story building at 7010 Padre Boulevard. Under the City’s current Form Based Code, the proposed property setback does not meet the criteria, however, Development Director Dr. Sungman Kim informed the task force that the recent Form Based Code revisions will likely be approved by the City Council on July 1. With that in mind, Dr. Kim noted that under the newly revised code, the setback would meet requirements, and he may recommend that the applicant withdraw their application as it would not be needed to proceed. Task Force members agreed that the proposed special development for the Courtyard by Marriott was an effective use of space to beautify the site and meet the parking requirements and were excited about the new development. Because of the speculation about the approval of the Form Based Code revisions, the DSRTF decided to go ahead with the current specifications and recommended approval of the Special Development Plan to the SPI Planning and Zoning Committee (P&Z).
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