What's this About?

Looking South from Atlantic Blvd.
On February 25th, the Jacksonville City Council, led by Councilmember LeAnna Cumber, approved an eleventh-hour amendment allowing the development to build a 50' apartment complex in the heart of San Marco. Using a "Weighted Height Average" calculation concocted by the developer, which has never been used in Jacksonville, the development  goes against the City zoning code, the standards of the San Marco Overlay for this property, as well as its intent.
Right Size San Marco has filed two appeals to challenge the City's action.
One was to the State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) which can be downloaded here. If successful, it will stop this project from deteriorating the character of San Marco. More importantly, it will protect the standards of the San Marco Overlay and future developments. The court date is set for May 28 and 29th.
We also filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Duval County. Since winning the DOAH appeal will trump the Certiorari, this is on hold until a DOAH ruling is made. This document is a lot easier to read and highlights why we are taking these actions.
Before deciding to appeal, Right Size San Marco consulted four separate law firms. All concluded that the community has an excellent basis to challenge the City Council action.
Why have zoning laws and Overlays when the Planning Department and City Council can spot zone and give developers precisely what they want, whenever they want? Join your neighbors today by donating to save San Marco's character.

Download Appeals

RSSM has filed two appeals. To understand why we believe the City is purposely trying to circumvent the San Marco Overlay in favor of the developers, please read the Certiorari (it's less technical) and the DOAH appeal.