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At the Planning and Zoning Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 17th the board voted to approve: Minor modification of an existing PUD (Planning Unit Development) zoning for the Oakbridge DRI to allow a maximum height of 13 feet for accessory buildings (Cabanas) within The Sanctuary, located on Sanctuary Circle. The Sanctuary is a self-contained subdivision buffered by water bodies and golf courses , not adjacent to any other residential subdivision, located within the confines of the Oakbridge development.

The board approved a request by Rooms To Go, to construct an eight foot tall, sound barrier wall, along the West, South and North sides of their warehouse project, located on the East side of Airport Rd. at Gay Rd.

The Board also approved a minor modification of an existing PUD to include a 24 unit one-story building and a 14 unit two-story building in expansion plans for an assisted living facility on property located at 4250 Lakeland Highlands Road.

A request for a conditional use to allow a church in a residential structure on property located at 240 Fernery Road was Denied.

The board approved zoning and a conditional use to allow Chemical and Allied Products Manufacturing (air separation facility) on property located west of North Combee Road approximately 1,800 feet north of Saddle Creek Road.

Also Approved was zoning with a conditional use to allow a church and school grades Prekindergarten through Twelve on property located at 4210 Lakeland Highlands Road.

Proposed changes were approved, to the Land Development Regulations including: permitted uses in various zoning districts, clarification of accessory dwelling unit regulations, update of illustration pertaining to residential fences and walls, update of sidewalk regulations and reduction in parking requirement for banks and credit unions in the C-6 district.

In final action the board approved future land use and PUD zoning on property located south of Drane Field Road and east of Hamilton Road to construct a solar power generation facility, for Lakeland Electric, on two parcels of land owned by The City of Lakeland.


The nation's top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) Tuesday, June 14, 2011 to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 14th water parks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11 a.m. in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. City of Lakeland’s Aquatics staff will assist in the world record attempt during a swim lesson at Simpson Pool located at 1725 Martin Luther King Ave.

Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Research shows if a child doesn't learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.

Individuals interested in participating in the lesson have until June 13th to register by contacting Aquatics at 863-834-3157. For more information on The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson or to find out how to get involved, please contact David Woodard at 863-834-3157.

At the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals meeting held May 3, 2011 the board approved a request for a two ft. variance at 714 South Blvd. to have a three ft. side setback in lieu of the required five ft. minimum so the owners can build a detached garage.  The Board tabled a request for a three ft. rear setback at 714 South Blvd.

The Board approved a 13 ft. street-side setback in lieu of the required minimum 20 ft. setback, a variance of 7 ft. in order to build a new house at 602 W. Patterson St.

A request for a three-and-a-half ft. variance was approved at 122 E. Parker St. to allow a six ft. high privacy fence 16.5 ft. from the front property line in lieu of the required 20 ft. minimum setback for fences over four ft. high.

In final action regarding 4777 Lakeland Highlands Rd., the board approved a 25 ft. variance to have a five ft. front yard setback in lieu of the required 30 ft.  The Board also approved a seven-and-a-half ft. variance to have a two-and-a-half ft. side yard setback in lieu of the required 10 ft. so the owners can build a pad for a generator and electrical panel.

At the City Commission meeting held on Monday, May 2nd, 2011, the Public Works Department made a presentation about the City’s efforts to comply with the American’s with Disabilities Act.

Beautification awards were presented to the owners of 4504 Sugartree Dr. E (residential) and 2015 E. Edgewood Dr. (Commercial)

Special Presentations: 

  • The Rotary Club presented a check for the Common Ground park fund.
  • The Detroit Tigers made a contribution to the Sunflower Playground fund.
  • The City Manager awarded Robert Legg, of the Public Works Department.
  • Employee Service Awards were presented to:

10 Years of Service
Christopher Anderson, Jeffery Burse, Tim Corbett, Richard Cox Jr., James Dehne, Cynthia Hicks ,Stephen Justice, Christopher Patterson, Amy Williams, Judy Austin, Herman Collins, Lisa Hodges, Pam Page, Luther Potter and Teno Surjada.

20 Years of Service

Dave Eldridge

30 Years of Service

Craig Heller,Walter Clayton and David Smith.

35 Years of Service

Randy Milling

Proclamations were presented for:

Electrical Safety Month, Historic Preservation Month, Letter Carriers Food Drive Day, National Public Works Week, National Salvation Army Week, Nurses Week and Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month.

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Alliance made a presentation about preventing teen pregnancy.

The City Commission Approved a voluntary annexation at Medulla Rd. and Hamilton Rd.

Also approved was the creation of a large demand, interruptible, electric service rate and a re-use water supply agreement in conjunction with a new private project that also includes the sale of City land on Combee Rd., North of the McIntosh power plant.

A public hearing was held on a Development Agreement for the Gateway Commons project, a retail shopping center planned for US 98 N, and Crevasse St. An additional public hearing will be held at the next City Commission meeting.

Assessments, for lot clearing activities, totaling over $21,000, were approved against : 1030 Neville Av., 1048 N. Lincoln Av., 1105 King Av., 1106 N. Vermont Av., 1127 N. Lake Av., 1134 E. Edgewood Dr., 1148 Oakhill St., 1207 E. Myrtle St., 1219 E. Myrtle St., 1374 Kathleen Rd., 1407 Emory Dr.,1428 Kathleen Rd., 1429 E. Elm Rd., 1502 Fairbanks St., 1761 W. Chase St., 1815 Cordova Cr. W., 1904 W. Walnut St., 1907 W. Walnut St., 2060 W. Elliott St., 210 Plum St., 212 W. 10th St., 2132 W. Lanier St.,214 W. 9th St.,2140 W. Lanier St., 220 Tarawa St., 220 Tarawa St., 2610 Mall Hill Dr., 2809 Berkeley Av., 3118 N. Florida Av., 315 Bassedena Cr. N., 318 Twin Lakes Cr., 336 W. 7th St., 340 Santiago Ct., 341 Santiago Ct., 403 W. Carver St., 409 Hennessee St., 414 N. Chestnut Rd., 4410 Selkirk Ln. E., 5020 Spanish Oaks Bl., 504 Carroll Av., 511 W. 5th St., 517 W. Carver St., 519 Emma St., 602 W. 6th St., 606 W. 6th St., 610 W. 6th St., 625 W. 9th St., 625 W. Robson St., 630 W. 12th St., 635 W. 8th St., 643 W. 11th St., 659 W. 10th St., 708 E. Myrtle St., 717 W. Memorial Bl., 718 W. 7th St., 721 W. Memorial Bl., 733 Hull St., 830 W. Crawford St., 832 W. Crawford St., 910 S. Missouri Av., 920 W. 2nd St., and 979 Lk Hollingsworth Dr.

Assessments at 3510 N. Florida Av. Were postponed to the next meeting.

Recommendations from the City Manager for the purchase of a backup generator, and ground handling equipment for the Lakeland Linder Airport, a new roof on the

Purchasing building and the helicopter insurance for the LPD helicopter were approved.

In Final Action, Public Hearings were announced for the next City Commission meeting on :

  • Temporary Employee Parking for Approximately 40 Vehicles on Vacant Property Located at 320 Cannon Street.
  • 715 North Lake Avenue to be Used as a 20-Bed Residential Behavioral Healthcare Treatment Facility
  • Public and Institutional land use at S.R.33 and Huron Way.
  • Small lot office zoning on at 3704 Kathleen Rd.
  • Zoning to Allow a Mixed Use Regional Shopping Center (Gateway Commons) Located Northwest of Interstate 4, East of North Road 98 and North of Crevasse Street.
  • And Proposed Changes to Sign Regulations to Allow Projecting Signs within the Downtown Commercial and Munn Park Historic Zoning Districts.