Palm Coast City Council Workshop Meeting on Tuesday, March 8 at 9 a.m.
Topics include a Citizen Survey Results, Fair Housing Assessment, and Town Center Vision.
The Palm Coast City Council meets regularly to discuss and vote on official City business. These meetings are open to the public and Palm Coast residents are strongly encouraged to attend. An increase in public engagement helps to build a stronger sense of community, increases valuable discussions, and decreases division.
A workshop meeting will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. No action will be taken during the workshop. Details of the items on the agenda are listed below.
- The Strategic Action Plan workgroup will present the results of the 2021 National Citizen Survey. Staff utilized the National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) and Polco to facilitate the National Citizen Survey (NCS), a statistically sound survey that is sent to a systematic sampling of all households within the City. This benchmarking survey provides a comprehensive and accurate picture of livability and resident perspective about local government services, policies, and management. The NCS compared local results with benchmarks compiled from surveys conducted across the U.S.
- The Community Development Department will present the results of the Fair Housing Assessment. The most obvious observation is that the City continues to grow at a robust phase. Between 2010 and 2020, the City grew at an average annual rate of 2.33% or about 25% over the decade. The comparison indicates that Palm Coast fares comparatively with the region as a whole, other than Transit Index, Low Transportation Cost Index, and Jobs Proximity Index. The lower score compared to the region is likely an indication of the lack of fixed transit routes within Flagler County/Palm Coast and the need for a greater number of the labor force to commute to other areas.
- The Planning Division will present a resolution approving the affordable housing incentives report for the state housing initiatives partnership program. As required by State Statutes every three years, the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), who serves as the advisory board for the SHIP program, shall review and recommend incentive strategies to promote affordable housing as required by Florida Statutes Chapter 420.9076. After the preparation of a report on the local housing incentives, the local government shall incorporate the local housing incentive strategies into the Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) for the SHIP Program.
- The Community Development Department will present an update on the vision for Town Center. Staff will present the current conditions in Town Center development with prompts for City Council to provide feedback and vision.
- The Stormwater & Engineering Department will present a resolution approving a work order with England-Thims & Miller Inc for engineering services for an east-west connector feasibility study. The Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) runs north/south just west of US-1, bisecting Palm Coast. There are approximately 12,000 acres of land within the City limits and west of the railroad tracks, with limited access. The City believes that one or more western roadway extensions are needed to provide additional access to this western portion of the City to promote economic opportunities. Transportation access to the west is part of the Northeast Florida Regional Council’s 2022 Legislative Priorities as adopted by City Council.
- The Stormwater & Engineering Department will present a resolution approving amendments to the facility design contract and construction services contract for the Public Works facility. This item is to approve a contract amendment with Pond & Company for additional design services in the amount of $988,315.00 based upon the new proposed Master Plan layout. Staff is also requesting a contract amendment with Gilbane Building Company, in the amount of $19,665, for additional construction management services.
- The Stormwater & Engineering Department will present a resolution approving a work order with DRMP Inc for engineering services for Matanzas Parkway West Extension. The City is actively evaluating options for three additional westbound corridors at Matanzas Woods Parkway, Palm Coast Parkway, and Whiteview Parkway. Staff advertised a request for qualifications (RFSQ-22-23) for engineering services for the western extension of the West Matanzas Woods Parkway project extension from the current terminus westward to serve the Public Works Facility with a flyover the railroad with a new termination at grade on the western side of the railroad tracks.
- The Traffic Engineering Division will present a resolution approving a work order with England-Thims & Miller Inc for engineering services for Whiteview Parkway final design. One of City Council objectives is to continue to enhance safety improvements at intersections and along roadways. The Whiteview Parkway Corridor Safety improvement is designed to improve safety for both motorists and non-motorists, as well as improve traffic operations along the entire corridor. This item is to approve engineering services to provide final design plans, permitting and FDOT updates and services as required to prepare a set of construction documents for the improvements to Whiteview Parkway, without reducing the exiting roadway down to two lanes.
Public Comments will be opened at the beginning and end of the business meeting in accordance with Section 286.0114 Florida Statutes and pursuant to the City Council’s Meeting Policies and Procedures. Each speaker will approach the podium, provide his/her name and may speak for up to 3 minutes. Comment cards are available for contact information in order for staff to follow up with each speaker.
Meetings of the Palm Coast City Council typically occur three times per month. A 6 p.m. business meeting on the first Tuesday of the month, a 9 a.m. workshop meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, and a 9 a.m. business meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. All meetings take place in the Community Wing at City Hall at 160 Lake Avenue in Palm Coast.
Business meetings and workshops are open to the public and both are streamed live on the City’s YouTube channel. Meeting agendas for all public meetings are posted in advance of each meeting on the City’s website. All agendas can be viewed here.
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