Rooftop terraces on Delray Seaside barrier island draw city’s scrutiny

DELRAY Beach front – So how do practically 50-foot tall residences routinely get designed in residential regions when Delray Beach’s height limitation is 35 ft?

That is what the Beach Qualities Owners’ Affiliation and numerous barrier island inhabitants want to know.

They turned to the Town Commission this yr for aid. The fee responded by contacting on town planners to review the challenge of builders turning rooftops into fourth-floor living areas that often consist of incredibly hot tubs and large-display televisions.

The review has not nevertheless been introduced to the Town Commission but, in the interim, no extra requests are being considered.

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Rooftop terraces are a big moreover for barrier-island properties, offering just about year-round use thanks to South Florida’s climate. And they undoubtedly incorporate value. The problem is when they are designed earlier mentioned the 35-foot top restrict.

“People have been pushing the envelope,” said Commissioner Shirley Johnson at a current commission meeting. “There need to not be dwelling room earlier mentioned 35 ft.”

Duplex at 100 Gleason Street has had its approval for a third floor terrace revoked as city officials review concerns that the terraces with gas pits and hot tubs violate the 35-foot height limit on the barrier island in Delray Beach, Florida on October 14 , 2020. (GREG LOVETT / The Palm Beach Post)

While the city’s code bars properties from exceeding 35 toes in household zones, it enables the Site System Critique and Approval Board, or SPRAB, to allow builders to exceed the limit for rooftop “appurtenances.” And SPRAB has been routinely approving the requests.

“Appurtenances” could suggest elevator caps or mechanicals for heating and air conditioning, according to barrier island resident Ned Wheler, but no one particular ever considered the city would let builders to get away with a fourth flooring.