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Small Cell Towers (Verizon Densification Project)
Verizon Wireless will locate small cell facilities in various parts of the City (including Harbor Heights and Ridgewood Ave.). Each location will see the installation of a painted metal pole, with an attached equipment cabinet. The poles will vary in height (32-35 ft.), depending on the location. 

This will be new to the City, and it is important to note that telecommunication/wireless facilities are largely exempt from local (City) zoning regulations due to the Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act (CS/HB 687) signed into law in June of 2017, and Chapter 2019-131 (effective July 1, 2019) . The laws provide access to public rights-of-way for the installation of new poles to accommodate broadband infrastructure.


City Staff has been working with Verizon’s consultant to lessen the visual and aesthetic impact on surrounding property owners. Below is a site plan and picture of a similar pole and equipment cabinet as proposed.

Ordinance No. 11-2019 (Code Enforcement Special Magistrate) — Passed

The proposed ordinance builds on City Council wishes to improve current Code Enforcement tools which includes the recent adoption of the most current edition of the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) and the implementation of a Code Enforcement Special Magistrate. The Special Magistrate will be appointed by the Council and shall have the same status as an enforcement board to conduct code enforcement public hearings to better promote, protect, and improve the health, safety, and welfare of the Community and eliminate confusion on the code enforcement process.

Ordinance No. 10-2019 (Impact Fees) — Passed
The proposed change would shift costs from the general taxpayer to the developer at the building permit stage of a project. By shifting the collection timeline of impact fees (infrastructure and public services fees) to the building permit stage, and away from project completion stage, the City can better meet level of service requirements in the City’s comprehensive plan and state concurrency management requirements by funding development impacts upfront. Currently, the City collects funds after project completion when the City issues a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) which means that the required impacts are funded through other City revenue sources such as ad-valorem property taxes.

What are Impact Fees?
Impact fees are payments required by local governments of new development for the purpose of providing new or expanded public capital facilities required to serve that development. The fees typically require cash payments in advance of the completion of development, are based on a methodology and calculation derived from the cost of the facility and the nature and size of the development, and are used to finance improvements offsite of, but to the benefit of the development. (Source: American Planning Association)

Ongoing Rezoning Project
On May 9th, City Staff and the Planning & Zoning Board met to discuss the more than 700 properties within the City that are improved with a residential structure, but are zoned commercial. City Code prohibits residential structures in commercial zoning districts. These structures are considered nonconforming and should one of them be destroyed, restrictions associated with non-conforming properties would apply. For this reason, a long-term, comprehensive solution is proposed that will reclassify these structures as conforming so they are no longer subject to restrictions associated with non-conformities. The rezoning process is not uncommon for most cities and typically occurs when development patterns or trends emerge within a community. Historically, the City of Cape Canaveral has updated its zoning map every few years, but has not updated the current zoning map since 2008. Visit youtu.be/QY93h_f_e4Q to view the meeting on the City’s YouTube page and see below for a series of maps depicting the City's current, proposed and historical zoning maps.

The next meeting on this rezoning initiative will take place at a future Planning & Zoning Board Meeting where the board will make a formal recommendation to the City Council. For updates on this project visit this page or one of the City's social media platforms.

  • To access the full meeting agenda, visit the Public Records page by navigating to the Planning and Zoning Board folder and navigating to the meeting date.

Ordinance 09-2019 (Courtesy Notices) — Passed
Requirements of the City Code Section 110-28 include: signs posted at the subject properties, notice posted at city hall and mailed notification of property owners within 500 feet of the subject property. There are proposed City Code changes coming in an effort to implement a cost savings measure to tax payers + property owners. The City is proposing that notification methods to affected property owners change with the times. Please note, the REQUIREMENTS are not changing just the mailing method of communication to the property owners within 500 feet of the subject property. The City currently sends USPS Certified Letters (which costs the City approximately $7.50 a letter) as a courtesy notification method, but is proposing to mail all courtesy notices via USPS First Class regular mail in order to notify property owners within 500 feet of subject property. It is important to note that the City’s process exceeds the notice standards required by the State of Florida (F.S. 166.041). The strength of USPS First Class mail is evident with the example of the City of Cocoa water bills – since they are delivered successfully through First Class mail every month. And, according to the 2018 Community Survey, electronic communication from the City is the preferred method of communication so we will continue to go above and beyond by posting to our website, the Weekly Update and social media platforms. As always, please come talk to someone at City Hall about any concerns you may have.

  • Check out this explainer video on the City's official YouTube channel.
  • You can read up on the history of Certified Letters and how expenses and needs are affecting the usage on this link.
  • Planning and Zoning Board & City Council agendas and minutes can be accessed via the Public Records page  by navigating to the City Council or Planning and Zoning Board folder.
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