Boards and Committees

Planning Board

Carole Thomas
120 South Florida Avenue, DeLand, FL 32720


  1. ‍To acquire and maintain in current form such basic information  and materials as are necessary to an understanding of past  trends, present conditions, and forces at work to cause  changes in these conditions.
  2. ‍To prepare, amend and revise a comprehensive and coordinated  general plan for meeting present requirements and such future  requirements as may be foreseen.
  3. ‍To establish principles and policies for guiding action in the  development of the area.
  4. ‍To prepare and recommend for adoption to the governing  authority a zoning ordinance and map for its political  jurisdiction.
  5. ‍To amend or supplement the zoning regulations and districts  adopted.
  6. ‍To prepare and recommend to the governing body, other  ordinances and resolutions promoting orderly development,  along the lines indicated in the comprehensive plan for the  growth an improvement of the area.
  7. ‍To determine whether specific proposed developments conform to  the principles and requirements of the comprehensive plan.
  8. ‍To conduct public hearings as may be required to gather  information necessary for the drafting, establishment and  maintenance of the comprehensive plan.
  9. ‍To make, cause to be made or obtain special duties on the  location, condition and adequacy of specific facilities of the  area.
  10. ‍Variances.  The Planning Board shall have the duty and power to grant variances and hear and decide appeals as provided for in Article IX of this Chapter.
  11. ‍To perform any other duties which may be lawfully assigned to  it by the City Commission.

Requires filing of Annual Financial Form (Form 1). [Charter Section 78; Ordinance Number: 67-6, 88-07, 2005-34, 2007-46, 2008-39.]

REQUIREMENTS: Shall consist of seven members who shall be residents of the City, who shall be appointed by the City Commission. The terms of the members shall be four years. Each year a chairman is elected from among the members.


Seat 1 - Buz Nesbit                                Term expires: 11/2022

Seat 2 - Jeremy Owens                       Term expires: 11/2020

Seat 3 -Noreen Kay Huth                   Term expires: 11/2022

Seat 4 - Albert Neumann                     Term expires: 11/2024

Seat 5 -Donald Liska                               Term expires: 11/2022

Seat 6 -Virginia Comella-                      Chairman  Term expires: 11/2022

Seat 7 - Dan Reed                                      Term expires: 11/2024


DATE:                        June 3, 2019


TO:                              MAYOR AND COMMISSIONERS


FROM:                        JULIE A. HENNESSY, CITY CLERK


RE:                              Announcement of Board Vacancies



Seats 1, 2, 4 and 5 are vacant on the EDC. The Committee shall consist of five (5) people, each of whom shall be appointed for staggered terms for a period of two (2) years. No fewer than three (3) of the members shall be City residents. The membership of the Committee may, at the discretion of the City Commission, include designees of the Chamber of Commerce, and representatives from industry, academia, aviation, and businesses operating within the City limits.  The City Commission may appoint a Commissioner to serve as an ex officio member of  the Committee


Seat 5 on the HPB is vacant due to the resignation of Tracy McKenna. The Board shall have seven members appointed by the City Commission to serve for a period of three (3) years.  At least four (4) of the seven members shall be residents of the City of DeLand. Three (3) members may be non-residents who own land in the Historic District.  One member of the Board shall be a registered architect, if available. The remaining six appointments shall be made on the basis of civic pride, integrity, experience, and interest in the field of historic preservation.  Should, whenever possible,appoint a representative from each of the following areas of expertise:


(a)        History

(b)        Real estate or real property appraisal

(c)        Urban planning and engineering

(d)        Building construction



(1)        Update the official inventory of cultural resources and submit to the City Commission recommendations and documentation concerning the updating.

(2)        Develop programs to stimulate public interest in urban neighborhood conservation, to participate in the adaptation of existing codes, ordinances, procedures, and programs to reflect urban neighborhood conservation policies and goals.

(3)        Explore funding and grant sources and advise property owners concerning which might be available for identification,protection, enhancement, perpetuation, and use of historic, architectural, archeological, and cultural resources.

(4)        Cooperate with agencies of city, county,regional, state and federal governments in planning proposed and future projects to reflect historic preservation concerns and policies, and assist in the development of proposed and future land use plans.

(5)        Advise property owners and local governmental agencies concerning the proper protection, maintenance,enhancement, and preservation of cultural resources.

(6)        Advise the City Commission concerning the effects of local governmental actions on cultural resources.

(7)        Review and recommend the designation of sites, buildings, structures, objects, and districts, both public and private,as historically or architecturally significant.

(8)        Approve or deny petitions for certificates of appropriateness required under the historic preservation regulations.

(9)        Notify the Planning Director who shall take appropriate action when it appears that there has not been compliance with the historic preservation regulations.

(10)      Assist in developing a historic preservation element to be incorporated into the City of DeLand’s Comprehensive Plan and, if necessary, make recommendations for amendments to historic preservation goals, objectives and policies in the plan.

Appointments are tentatively scheduled for the June  3, 2018 Regular Meeting of the City Commission.  Applications are available n the City Clerk’s office in City Hall Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

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