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 want to sub-divide property into 6, fee-simple, single family units. Application suggests a variance is needed for quicker sales and maximum profit.
Margate Planning Board voted no to the sub-division request.
Listen to audio clips from Sept 30, 2022.
Margate Planning Board Chairman Rich Patterson read this letter: Subdivision is requested merely for ease of sale purposes. Marketing efforts have shown that homes not burdened with a condominium association, spend less time on the market and more likely to sell closer to asking price.
How Did Margate Planning Board Vote?
- Richard Patterson. What harm does this do to the city? The master plan? I grilled Mr. McLarnon repeatedly about problems that come up with individual ownership. I think from our discussions tonight it is going to be as tight as a condo association would be. So I vote yes.
- Michael Cristaldi. I’ve been in a couple of these things where it really got ugly. I don’t see how this benefits the city, but I know sitting here I would have not voted yes on 37 variances. I vote no.
- Margaret Guber-Nulty. I can’t find any compelling reason to do this. I don’t see any benefit to the city. I don’t see any benefit to the municipal land use or master plan, so I am voting no.
- Craig Palmisano. I’m OK with it. I’m voting yes.
- Remi Pelosi. I’m going to vote to approve. It doesn’t really change anything.
- Steven Jasiecki, I don’t know if it’s good idea dividing properties. I’m going to vote no.
- Michael Richmond. I can’t walk face people when we deny somebody for a foot of height and then say we just gave 36 variances. For what? I’m going to vote against it.
Application was denied, with three in favor and four opposed.
Fast-talking Atty Chris Baylinson always asked to slow down and use microphone when speaking.
Lawyers requested to post/share documents, plans & renderings for all to review online.
Board should allow remote comment and questions via Zoom, especially in off-season when 75% of homeowners are elsewhere.
Density Concerns. 19 condo bedrooms are now 24. Originally 19 parking spots, but now it’s 30.
Baylinson: Assessment can be significantly higher. Get more money for selling these properties… not as condos?