The Margate Planning Board has been accused of misinterpreting local zoning law. That’s not so unusual in the world of Real Estate zoning.
But this time, the accusation is coming from the vice-chairman of Margate’s Planning Board, Mike Richmond.
Surprising 7-1 vote against site plan #2. The re-development of a property formerly known as Liang’s Chinese Restaurant, aka Billy Ho’s at corner of Douglas and Ventnor Ave.
Mike Richmond was the only ‘YES’ vote. Listen to audio clips.
Selective enforcement of local zoning law?
Even though the final site plan conforms to local zoning law, a majority of Margate’s Planning Board just didn’t like the plan application. Not in ‘spirit’ of master plan.
Margate Planning Board Vice-Chairman, Mike Richmond:
- ‘Denying approval would place Margate in legal jeopardy’
- ‘Application conforms with zoning and current ordinance’
- ‘You just can’t spot zone’
- ‘Let’s not start making rules up on a whim’
Margate Planning Board accused of unlawful spot zoning by Board Vice-Chairman.
In a designated Margate business district, re-development requires a mixed-use property. Ex: residential units over commercial spaces.
Margate Planning Board cancelled vote prior to election:
Ultra-fast talking (often unintelligible) attorney Chris Baylinson highlighted multiple commercial properties that were recently approved with all parking requirements waived. This could be seen as selective enforcement of current zoning law in Margate.
Listen to former Margate Mayor Vaughn Reale discuss the Planning Board on WPG Radio. Early May 2023.
Social media comment: When big decisions are being made, why are meetings so difficult to participate in? Especially for non-voting 2nd homeowners that make up 75% of tax base?
Margate’s Planning Board still blocks live video stream of meetings via ZOOM. Remote commenting is also prohibited.
Margate Mayor Mike Collin’s father is on the Planning Board. Residents want Collins to live up to his campaign promise of a more transparent government using Zoom video streaming and remote public comment.
Margate Planning Board:
- Richard Patterson, Chairman
- Mike Richmond, Vice Chairman
- Michael Collins, Mayor
- Tom Collins, Mayor’s Designee
- Jim Galantino, Construction Official
- Michael Cristaldi
- Margaret Guber-Nulty
- Craig Palmisano
- Remy Pelosi
- Steven Jasiecki
- Drew Campbell
- Michael Ruffu