Architect: Proposed Changes To Miami 21 Could Make Small-Scale Development More Difficult

Miami’s commission has scheduled a second reading on modifying Miami 21 on November 19.

One concerned local architect writes in to say that the changes could pose a threat to small scale development:

Are you guys aware of the proposed changes to the Miami 21 zoning code that would drastically increase the min lots sizes and min lot widths across the zoning transects? We stumbled across these proposed regulations when we were researching the recently approved parking reductions. If these increased lot size regulations go into effect it would effectively prohibit the small scale development that the parking reductions ordinance was meant to enable. Likewise it would prohibit many of the small scale building that have been constructed since Miami 21 went into effect. Lastly, it would skew development in favor of larger developers who are better able to assemble large parcels of land together and it would render many smaller infill sites undevelopable. I fear these regulations will have many unintended impacts that will limit the creation of affordable housing, urban infill, and small scale urbanism. These regulations have seemed to slip under the media radar, whereas the parking reductions ordinance was heavily advertised. This ordinance had its first reading on October 22 and there is another City commission meeting on Nov. 19th. I wanted pass this info along so that its impact can be properly vetted by architects and developers.

 

 

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Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

Wow what a sneaky move. I smell the worst type of corruption. Not only is it sneaky, it will do the opposite of what it was supposed to. Worse than doing bad is doing bad under the guise of good.

Anonymous
5 years ago

this seems like a bad idea

Anonymous
5 years ago

Not to be rude but why are not sending this information to more prominent news site like Miami Herald. Im just saying if you want to see a big impact it needs a larger audience.

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

How do you know he did not?

Anonymous
5 years ago

The only way to combat traffic and make a city livable is eliminate parking altogether. As long as parking lots are built, more cars will pollute and crowd our cities.

Anonymous
5 years ago

So more historical Miami buildings will be replaced with glass or concrete boxes, while neighboring crappy post-war structures remain. It’s contrary to New Urbanism and smart growth in every aspect.

Anonymous
5 years ago

” These regulations have seemed to slip under the media radar ” . What media are you referring to ? Since the demise of the Miami Herald and print media there is only a handful of tiny blogs and scattered TV and radio to call out these master manipulaters and hold their feet to the fire. That is exactly what the major developers count on. And you can bet that our downtown district 2 city commissioner Markk Rockefeller Sarnoff will cast one last vote in favor before his sorry rear end is kicked to the curb in a well deserved defeat at the polls a few weeks ago.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Regulations and corruption. Then you wonder why projects take so long in Miami.

suomynona
5 years ago

Since the picture was posted, what is that building just north of the river on 7th Ave? Never been able to get a good look at the signage when I drive by.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Who is the architect? It is unsigned, and the story writer does not say.

Anonymous
5 years ago

“One concerned local architect writes in to say that the changes COULD pose a threat to small scale development.”

In other words, this architect is just trying to drum up drama over his speculation.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Who does #2 work for?!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Did u actually read the proposed changes? Do you think they are good? Have you thought about there proposed impact? If so please enlighten us. Or are YOU merely speculating that they are trying to drum up drama?