Palm Beach to phase out Saturday construction hours during the season



If approved, the new building regulations would come into effect on January 31.

After delaying its decision for a month due to concerns about properties in the city’s southern neighborhood, city council is moving forward with plans to change construction hours on the island.

At their Tuesday meeting, council members asked city staff to finalize wording for a draft ordinance that eliminates construction hours on Saturdays during the peak winter season, among other changes.

The ordinance, which will include exemptions for certain properties on the island, will be presented for first reading on Wednesday.

Not quite ready: Ordinance suspended in October

Previously: The city may soon stop all construction work on Saturday

The second reading will be scheduled for the December council meeting if approved, city officials said.

The new restrictions would include: removing construction hours on Saturdays during peak season, which begins the Monday before Thanksgiving until the end of April; a requirement that workers can no longer arrive on construction sites before 7:30 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays; and limits on quiet indoor construction, which will only be allowed during the summer months, as well as quiet lawn maintenance and tree pruning.

All multi-family properties south of Sloan’s Curve with a board of directors that approve construction work – except those located on Ibis Isle – will be exempt from the new restrictions on construction work.

If approved, the new restrictions will take effect on January 31.

Council members said they weighed the concerns of residents and construction companies when creating the new restrictions.

“I’ve heard loud and clear from many residents that they want quiet Saturdays,” said Councilor Ted Cooney. “But we have a lot of construction activity going on, and those who do construction don’t have the easiest time. They are struggling with international supply chain issues that are slowing their projects and causing disruption. delays. I am also sensitive to residents who work. “

The council was set to vote on the ordinance last month, but several council members expressed concerns about residents living in multi-family buildings, especially in the towns South end.

Council member Lew Crampton, who lives in the South End, said he would not support the ordinance unless residents living in multi-family buildings, such as condos, are excluded.

Many of these buildings, Crampton said, have boards that make decisions about construction times and are responsible for enforcement.

Without an exemption, he added, the ordinance would take away those decisions.

“If residents don’t like what the councils say, they can elect a new council,” he said last month. “A citywide ordinance prohibiting this kind of work from being done in multi-family buildings is wrong, and I won’t vote for it if it stays in there.”

Crampton said on Tuesday he supported the new restrictions, which would be accompanied by stronger enforcement from next year.

“We have a solution here,” he said.

Related: City council approves measure that increases native vegetation requirements for new landscaping

Also on Tuesday, council heard public comment on an ordinance that increases native vegetation requirements for new landscape projects in the city, but delayed the vote until Wednesday so additional comments can be heard. .

The measure, which passed on October 12 at first reading, requires that at least 35% of all new landscaping required in the form of trees, palms, shrubs, vines and ground cover plants be made up of native vegetation.

It also designates the Institute for Regional Conservation’s Natives for Your Neighborhood as the only list for native plants, among other requirements.

The changes come two years after the city updated its code to take into account the benefits of using the native landscape.

Final approval could come at the board development review meeting on Wednesday, which begins at 9:30 a.m.

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Jodie Wagner is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network from Florida. You can reach her at [email protected] Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.

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