Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Reign of Brian Spencer Begins

On the agenda for tomorrow night is a revision to the demolition ordinance.

Are you ready for this?  Nothing in Pensacola will be able to be demolished.

The following buildings are subject to review by the Planning Board for the purpose of determining whether such buildings are significant:

Any building located in the Neighborhoods of the city of Pensacola if:

(b) Such building, or the portion thereof to which the application relates, was built prior to 1940, or

(c) Such building is listed on the City of Pensacola’s “Local Registry of Historic or Significant Buildings”, or

(d) Such building or the portion thereof to which is determined to be a significant building pursuant to subsection (4) 3, herein.

Yes I know that it does not have a letter (a).  What was A? It is an error and should result in the ordinance being pulled for this meeting but watch Spencer drive it through.

Now read the following definition of Significant Buildings:

Criteria for Determining Significance. The Planning Board shall determine that the building to which the application relates is a significant building if:

a. The building is historically or architecturally significant in terms of its period, style, method of building construction or use of indigenous materials; or
b. The building is a significant reminder of the cultural, or architectural history of the city, state or nation; or
c. The building is associated with a significant local, state or national event; or
d. The building is associated with one or more significant historic persons or events, or with the broad architectural, cultural, political, economic, or social history of the city, state or nation; or
e. The building is a representative example of its period, style, or method of construction; or
f. The building is identified with a person who significantly contributed to the development of the city, state or nation; or
g. The building is identified as the work of a master builder, designer or architect whose individual work has influenced the development of the city, state or nation; or
h. The building value is recognized for the quality of its architecture, and it retains sufficient elements showing its architectural significance; or
i. The building character is in a geographically definable area possessing a significant concentration or continuity of buildings united in past events or aesthetically by plan or physical development; or
j. The building character is in an established and geographically definable neighborhood united in culture, architectural style or physical plan and development.


Lets play with this subjective criteria that the UNELECTED BODY of the PLANNING BOARD gets to hold citizens hostage.
  • A 2 bedroom 1936 cottage worth $75,000 built with indigenous heart pine in EPH would be a historic property that would be held up by the Planning Board indefinitely from a $250,000 redevelopment in East Pensacola Heights.
  • The Mayor's wife's former Hallmark Elementary development BUILT IN 1936 would be historically significant and part of the architectural history of the City.  OOPS!
  • Does the house that they found Willie Junior under become a historical property?
  • Ashton Hayward's parents could not rebuild their Cordova Park home as it was the childhood home of Pensacola' first strong mayor.  WOHOO!!
  • Every single house in Pensacola could be considered an example of its period, style, or method of construction (Pilcher ranch, brick, wood)  This is the open door to unending delays, hearings, meetings, appeals.
  • Define development of the city (economic, construction, form of government)
  • Who is a master builder? Designer? Architect?  If Spencer designed it, it stands FOREVER!
  • Sufficient elements showing its architectural significance?  Hope you don't have an arch!
  • Geograpically definable area=in the city?  United by past events=survived Ivan?
  • United in physical plan.  ANY SUBDIVISION!
Julius Spencer wants to run your life folks!


Anonymous said...

LMBO!!! This was funny to read but not so funny at the same time. Wake up people! Of course the Sunday House had to bee demolished before this gets approved. No historical significance there. (sarcasm)

Anonymous said...

Surely, this is an early April Fool's joke! Spencer should have his wife explain to him the meaning of the words "vague and arbitrary". I imagine that the purpose of this proposed city ordinance is to create the opportunity for more "backroom negotiations," as if there wasn't enough of that going on already.

Victims of such an ordinance would learn very quickly that if they hired either Brian Spencer or Carter Quina their problems would soon disappear.....

Anonymous said...

This was crafted to fail so that they can pretend they tried to fix this issue. Planning Board and ARB reviewing demo's now? None of it makes sense.

City needs to pay someone, a firm with appropriate public involvement resources, to engage all citizens and re-write the entire Land Development Code. The City can't afford any more of these patchwork attempts to mend the Code. Might also be a good lesson on the State statutes surrounding and upholding the local regulations. For instance, everything in Veteran's Memorial Park is legally under ARB purview, but nothing there is ever reviewed by the ARB. Same goes for City right-of-ways falling within the existing historic districts; legally under ARB but this administration is denying the ARB their codified rights for these areas.

David Kettles said...

Bureaucracy Buries the Human Spirit with Paperwork, Rules and Laws !

Dr. G. said...

STOP IT! You are killing me... Blah-ha-ha

Anonymous said...

Willie Junior house = coldblooded... but so incredibly true.