How important is the Margate Planning and Zoning Board? Do their decisions play a major role in the future of Margate? Turns out, this entity might just be the most critical group of local, decision makers.
Sure, their meetings can often be boring. But every so often, sparks fly. Nothing better than watching applicants request a variance. Looks like lot’s of fun as they butt heads with a cranky Margate Planning Board member.
Making major, critical decisions on the future of Margate. The Planning & Zoning Board is likely more influential than the three Margate Commissioners. Mayor Becker has heavy hand in picking Planning Board members, some who happen to be a relative.
These meetings can often provide a clue as to the direction of Margate.
Tourism IS NOT Margate’s primary economic driver. It’s Real Estate.
Margate’s #1 industry is Real Estate and related services like hardware & building supplies, construction, mortgages, insurance, concrete, legal, etc.
When you have a finite amount of build-able Margate land, an insatiable demand for more living space, and all those new ratables / tax revenues that it comes with, and a small group of insiders who control things… don’t be surprised when you see aggressive development on every square inch of Margate.
Margate Mayor Michael Becker plays major role in appointing Planning & Zoning Board positions.
Board is often accused of pushing McMansions. Builders love it, though. Especially builders & building-suppliers serving on the board.
Major downside: This short-sightedness makes it harder for the average family to live in Margate.
Attorney Chris Baylinson seems to represent just about EVERYONE looking for a blessing from the Margate Planning Board. Baylinson helps clients navigate the many Margate zoning & land use laws.
LISTEN TO AUDIO from recent Margate Planning Board Meeting. Will Margate encourage higher-density housing in order to attract more full-time residents?
Will Margate help home-buyers with down payment assistance and controversial mortgage strategies? LISTEN >