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Council Passes 2017-318 Known as the “Glitch Bill” with LUZ Chair CM Becton Shepherding the Way

Over many years of implementing and applying our zoning code in numerous situations of conventional and planned unit developments “PUDs” re-zonings, city officials highlighted and documented issues that required updates to our zoning code to resolve conflicts, omissions, clarifications and improvement for the current times. Some of the problems were a result of old ordinances that had become obsolete and only confuse citizens and lawmakers alike. These suggestions and recommendations went unattended and were filed away until the right time and place for someone to move them forward. This year, as Chair of the Land Use and Zoning Committee, District 11 Council Member Danny Becton made it a priority to free the Planning Department of these concerns whereby these issues got their day and ultimately became law.

The 2016-2017 Council year was led by Council President Lori Boyer. Her charge for all committee chairs was to “review existing policies and practices and revise and create new legislation as you deem appropriate to address our broader goal of becoming One City in which infrastructure, City services, and economic opportunity are available throughout and every neighborhood is safe, clean, and healthy. I hope that you will each take advantage of this opportunity to address areas of special concern to you personally.”

This charge was carried out outside of the regular standing committees for which each chair presided, taking place in separate Special Committees in conjunction with normal duties.

Bill 2017-318, commonly referred to as the “Glitch Bill” was passed by City Council on June 13, 2017 after many months of work. The 35-page piece of legislation changes more than 20 parts of the Land Use Ordinance code Section 656 so that the rules can be more clearly understood and in compliance with Florida statues.

The bill, months in the making, was discussed during months of LUZ Special Committee meetings as staff combed through the code to find conflicts and items that needed clarification. The work was somewhat tedious, but necessary housekeeping. With its passage, the Planning Department staff is better able to assist those applying for zoning changes, thus making and improving a process that can be complicated at times.

“This was a big achievement for the LUZ Committee in helping the city and planning department staff final resolve these ongoing and nagging issues. It was a big assignment but in addition to a busy LUZ year, we got it done”, CM Becton commented.


A Summary of the Bill is as follows:

  • Part 1 (General Provisions), 
    • Subpart A (Basic Provisions), Sections 656.101, (Definitions) and 656.102 (Title);
    • Subpart B (Administration) Section 656.109 (Administration and Enforcement; Interpretation of Zoning Code; Administrative Deviations);
    • Subpart B (Administration) Section B (Administration) Section 656.111 (Violations And Penalties);
    • Subpart C (Procedures for Rezoning and Amendments to the Zoning Code), Section 656.124 (Notice of Public Hearing by Council Committee and Public Meeting of Planning Commission);
    • Subpart C (Procedures for Rezoning and Amendments to the Zoning Code), Section 656.126 Exceptions to Mailed-Noticed and Postings-if-Signs Requirements);
    • Subpart C (Procedures for Rezoning and Amendments to the Zoning Code), Section 656.129 (Advisory Recommendation on Amendment to Zoning Code or Rezoning of Land);
    • Subpart C (Procedures for Rezoning and Amendments to the Zoning Code), Section 656.130 (Special Notice to Neighborhood Organizations, CPACs, Umbrella Neighborhood Organizations and Civic Organizations; Neighborhood Organization Participation in Public Hearings);
    • Subpart D (Zoning Exceptions, Variances and Waivers, Amendments to Final Order, Appeals of Written Interpretations of the Director and Appeals of Final Orders of the Commission), Section 656.134 (Amendment to the Final Order);
    • Subpart D (Zoning Exceptions, Variances and Waivers, Amendments to Final Order, Appeals of Written Interpretations of the Director and Appeals of Final Orders of the Commission), Section 656.140 (Appeals from the Decisions of the Commission or Downtown Development Review Board);
    • Subpart D (Zoning Exceptions, Variances and Waivers, Amendments to Final Order, Appeals of Written Interpretations of the Director and Appeals of Final Orders of the Commission), Section 656.147 (Schedule of Fees);
    • Subpart E (Certificates of Use), Section 656.152 (Certificate of Use Application and Fee);
  • Part 2 (Zoning Atlas and District Boundaries), 
    • Subpart A (Establishment of Districts, Zoning Atlas), Section 656.202 (Zoning Atlas);
  • Part 3 (Schedule of District Regulations), 
    • Subpart A (Comprehensive Plan Land Use Categories and Zoning District Nomenclature), Section 656.301 (Zoning District Types);
    • Subpart A (Comprehensive Plan Land Use Categories and Zoning District Nomenclature), Section 656.302 (General Categorization of Districts;
    • Subpart C (Commercial Use Categories and Zoning Districts), Section 656.313 (Community/General Commercial Category);
    • Subpart D (Industrial Use Categories and Zoning Districts), Section 656.321 (Business Park Category) and Section 656.322 (Light Industrial Category);
    • Subpart G (Criteria and Standards for Secondary Zoning Districts), Section 656.350 (Supplemental Criteria and Standards for Secondary Zoning Districts);
    • Subpart L (Mayport Road Zoning Overlay and Mayport Village Working Waterfront District), Section 656.397 (Mayport Village Working Waterfront Zoning Districts);
  • Part 4 (Supplementary Regulations), 
    • Subpart A (Performance Standards and Development Criteria), Section 656.401 (Performance Standards and Development Criteria),;
  • Part 6 (Off-Street Parking and Loading Regulations), 
    • Subpart A (Off-Street Parking and Loading for Motor Vehicles), Section 656.604 (Number of Off-Street Parking Spaces Required);
  • Part 16 (Definitions), Section 656.1601 (Definitions)

2017-318 Bill Enacted

2017-318 Planning Dept Staff Report