Margate Planning Board

Margate Planning Board Says NO to 9711 Atlantic Ave Sub-Division

Building homes for maximum profit and ease of sale is not a concern of the board. So says Margate Planning Board Chairman, Rich Patterson. Making more money faster, is not a reason for requesting a variance. Issue at hand: Developer in process of converting 19, one bedroom units into 6 townhomes. Owner recently decides they …

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Margate Zoning Battle; Over-Development, Housing Density, Parking.

Listen to podcast: With a finite amount of land along the shores of Margate, it’s easy to see why homeowners do everything they can to maximize their little slice of paradise. Too often, zoning rules are bent, blatantly ignored or misunderstood. Notes and audio clips from recent Margate Planning Board meeting of July 28: Homeowner …

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Margate Planning Board OK’s 3rd Floor Decks, Front Yard Fencing

Margate Planning and Zoning Board voted YES to allow more 3rd floor decks and some front yard fencing. Planning Chairman Rich Patterson was the only NO vote. Patterson was appointed by Mayor Michael Becker. Patterson wants to protect classic look and feel of Margate neighborhoods. His colleagues on the board did not agree. Listen to …

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Margate Homeowners Voice Frustration with Planning & Zoning Board

Margate residents question aggressive building and over-development OK’ed by Margate’s Planning and Zoning Board. Watch video clips from recent Margate Homeowners Assn meeting of May 28, 2022. The downside of over-development. Towering home heights. Skinny frontage. Loss of parking. There are 3 builders on Margate’s Planning Board that have personal interest in more construction? Rules …

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PODCAST: Margate OK’s 3rd Floor Decks & Higher Elevation: Former Sea-Winds Motel

During the Margate Planning Board meeting of Oct 14, members unanimously voted to allow higher elevations and 3rd floor decks along Atlantic Ave. Development plans for a property at 9711 Atlantic Ave. Formerly, the Sea-Winds Motel. Nineteen, one-bedroom units, described as ‘dilapidated and non-FEMA compliant’. 14 of 19 units not habitable. Damaged by Hurricane Sandy …

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Parkway North Project in Margate Gets Planning Board OK

More than just ‘new construction’, it’s a stately welcome to Margate Parkway North. Site of a former synagogue; a 17,000 sq ft lot on Ventnor Ave, between Kenyan & Lancaster in Margate. For over 60 years, Temple Emeth Shalom occupied this corner of Ventnor and Lancaster Avenues in Margate. The beloved Temple sold for $1 …

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LISTEN: Non-Compliant Fencing Frustrates Margate Code Enforcement

Margate. Beautiful homes, manicured lawns and gardens full of brightly colored flowers. It’s a big part of Margate’s appeal; lovely neighborhoods. Keeping all this beauty up-to-code isn’t easy…. if you’re a Margate Code Enforcement official. Front-yard fences are not permitted in the City of Margate. Unfortunately, proper enforcement hasn’t been performed in the past. Margate …

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Margate Builders Keep Cutting Down Trees Without City Approval, Town Losing Green Appeal?

It’s no secret that Margate keeps losing trees and greenery. Aggressive development and coastal storms are the main culprits. On Sept 24, Rich Patterson of the Margate Planning Board said: we had speculative builders cutting down trees right and left for the past 5 years. We lost 200 trees in a storm according to Margate …

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Who Will Save and Manage Margate Trees?

How will Margate protect against builders cutting down trees on public property? Who should determine which species should be planted and protected? The Margate Planning Board was supposed to vote on a forestry plan to save and manage local trees. The plan could then be incorporated into the Margate Master Plan. Listen to AUDIO CLIPS …

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Margate Zoning & Planning Still Lenient On Those Who Violate Building Codes

Margate Planning Board still dealing with non-compliant construction. Third story decks seem to be all the rage, but rules regarding those decks are still in flux. Another Margate homeowner starts build of deck without proper building permits. Board member Mike Cristaldi is tired of hearing: ‘go ahead and build it, they’ll forgive you. It’s annoying. …

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Will Margate Consider High-Rise Condos, Again?

There’s growing chatter about the possibility of Ventura’s Greenhouse in Margate being converted into a high-rise condo. Neighbors dread the thought of more crowded beaches, blocked views and a much worse parking / traffic problem. In 2018, Mayor Becker, along with Commissioners Amodeo and Blumberg, all said it was a ‘dead issue’ Now 2 years …

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Margate Planning Board Laughs at Those Opposed To More High-Rises.

Close to 150 residents attended the Margate Planning Board meeting of June 25. Once particular topic that caused much concern… again… was talk of high-rises. Margate Zoning Chief, Roger McLarnon: We want to revisit the master plan in regard to the hotel overlay. This will happen at a future meeting; proposed zoning changes and building …

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Margate High-Rise & Water Park on Planning Board Agenda

Controversial development plans brewing once again regarding Ventura’s Green House. As you may recall back in 2018, a towering condo-hotel at Ventura’s Greenhouse was quietly planned. That’s until the neighbors got wind of it. Mayor Becker, along with Margate Commissioners Amodeo & Blumberg smartly retreated. Listen here > Return of hi-rise discussions in Margate. On …

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Amherst Ave Waterpark Update in Margate

The proposed Amherst Ave water park will be discussed at the April 30, Margate Planning & Zoning Board meeting. Owners behind the water park have submitted preliminary paperwork to Roger McLarnon of the Margate Planning & Zoning Department. Commish Amodeo: So, you have a set of plans? Zoning Chief McLarnon: Uhhh…….. Yes. I believe there’s …

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