Wilton Manors Commissioners filled three positions on the Planning & Zoning Board at Tuesday’s regular commission meeting.

Tim Theisen, Jeffrey Ferraro and Tim Moses were selected from a field of six applicants. Theisen, a senior instructor in the Florida Atlantic University Biological Sciences Department, was re-appointed to his third consecutive term on the board.

“I have used my experience as a resident, homeowner, business owner, scientist and member of numerous other committees to cast votes that are based on fact, and are consistent with our code,” Theisen wrote in his application. “Importantly, I listen to, and consider, the views of both the business and residential members of our community. Most of us volunteer because we want to serve our community, but we also can’t help but bring our own views and opinions. It takes effort and practice to not weigh one’s own views any more than those of another resident, and I believe I have succeeded in this.”

Ferraro, a contract administrator for the Florida Department of Children and Families, returns to the P&Z board where he served from 2012 to 2018. 

“We haven’t progressed far enough and now is the time to make a move,” Ferraro told commissioners at the virtual Zoom meeting. “With Fort Lauderdale closer to our borders than ever before and Oakland Park with a new development on Sixth Avenue and Oakland Park Boulevard at our doorstep we can no longer afford to debate the city’s future. Action is needed to move forward and that’s why I want to return to the Planning & Zoning Board.”

Moses is a neurology consultant and realtor with a finance degree from Florida State University. He has worked for the Republican National Committee and moved to Wilton Manors in 2016 with his boyfriend, attracted to the Island City by the renovation of Wilton Drive.

“I’ve been in recruiting my entire life,” Moses told the commission. “It’s something where I’ve developed a lot of skills that I do believe could be implemented in the growth of this city.”

Meanwhile, commissioners further discussed the pending Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) application. Consensus among the commission was to proceed with a maximum density of 60 dwelling units per acre, a decrease from the previous limit of 100. The commission also agreed to remove a 2-for-1 density calculation for micro-units from the LUPA application.  

“Taking time to carefully consider redevelopment issues is critical before regulations are finalized,” said Vice Mayor Paul Rolli. “There are still unknowns about the demand, economy, and benefits of micro-units.”

The reworded ordinance will now go back to the Planning & Zoning Board for its approval.


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