‘Inclusionary Zoning’ For An Entire Downtown Miami Neighborhood Could Soon Be Law, Will Allow Ultra-Dense Development

A Miami board is set to vote next week on a plan to redraw zoning for an entire neighborhood between downtown Miami and Wynwood for what is being called inclusionary zoning.

Over 35 acres of property will receive the new designation. Much of the land is now vacant or underdeveloped, but the area has been very hot with new development activity recently.

Up to 500 housing units per acre is allowed by current zoning, depending on the property.

The new zoning designation will be known as T6-24B-O. It will allow square footage bonuses of up to 25%, and housing unit density bonuses of either 50% or 100% based on what percentage is being dedicated to lower income residents.

Three tiers of income levels will include: Workforce (60 to 140 percent of area median income), Affordable (Below 60 percent of AMI), and Extremely Low Income. More space devoted to lower income levels result in higher bonuses.

There are 140 address with 787 folios that would be rezoned. Some developers in the area have already requested their individual properties be given the inclusionary zoning and bonuses, but now it could apply to the entire neighborhood.

Thousands of units have already been built in recent years in the area. Newly completed developments include multiple Melo Group towers such as Square Station, Art Plaza, and Miami Plaza, as well as the Canvas condo tower.

The School Board Metromover station is also in the area, providing access to public transportation.

Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board is scheduled to vote on the plan at a September 4 meeting.

 

An earlier law detailing the T6-24B-O designation:

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William
1 year ago

This bodes well for the city center, good density with lots of services and transpo nearby. The land next to the cemetery will end up having 2000 apartments alone – with big box retail underneath. I’m surprised Galbuts property just east didn’t get included. Usually these high profile guys get included on these items.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The Melos are probably dancing in the streets right now. Christmas came early for them this year.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Because everybody celebrates Christmas?

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m so happy Trump brought Xmas back.

Anonymous
1 year ago

TRUMP 2020

Anonymous
1 year ago

Boo-hoo.

David Laguardia
1 year ago

Boo-hoo?? You’re going to act negative towards a positive statement about what’s going on? Wow..

Anonymous
1 year ago

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Anonymous
1 year ago

Trump 2020

Dokter
1 year ago

Galbut’s property is included. It’s the corner of NE 13th and NE 2nd.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Cool. This will also have parking maximums, not minimums and some sort of fixed-rail transit for people to live car free? Cars are expensive, parking is expensive to build – if the goal is affordable housing… then less parking and less cars.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Give it a rest.

Anonymous
1 year ago

LOL right

Anonymous
1 year ago

The “take cars off the street” crowd are not serious thinking people.
However, I agree to certain extent. There should be NO PARKING minimums or maximums.
Thinking it through, commercial enterprises could suffer if they have the type of business that requires people to drive up and shop, and there is no parking, but if a developer responds to a market that says, “we don’t need parking” then let him build. If it does not work….he/she loses a lot of money, and the expiriment fails.
That is called FREE Market Capitalism.
Gov’t requirement of parking max and min…is not FREEdom.

Anonymous
1 year ago

True. We need housing that does not require parking, and housing that does not have limits on the number of people who occupy the units.

For the overwhelming majority of people who need “affordable housing” that is a temporary condition. It was for me.
For people (usually young people) who cannot afford a nice home or a nice car, then car-less, cheap, small, and crowded housing is a great stop-gap measure.

For productive people, they will grow out of affordable housing, and grow up to housing that can accommodate a car and the freedom that goes with it.

Unless you are a dopey college professor, a dopey bureaucrat that loves dopey college professors, or someone that lives 4 blocks from the office and everything else you need, you will embrace the freedom, liberty, and Independence that cars bring.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Inclusionary zoning is the new rent control. Almost every economist Keynesian and laissez faire agrees it doesn’t work and does more harm than good. Why do you think NYC and San Francisco are so big on it, but you can’t get a broom closet for under one thousand a month.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You are correct. The cities with the most “progressive” ideas have the most unaffordable housing.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You want to decrease rents for working class people? Allow developers to build workforce housing with no parking. Makes no sense to require them to build a parking spot for someone who lives in the most densest part of the city and can’t afford a car anyways.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Exactly, with multiple metro-mover stations within walking distance, and hopefully a Bay Link to the beach just blocks away.

Anonymous
1 year ago

here we go again… you want people to get rid of their car to work where? This isn’t Chicago or New York City.

Anonymous
1 year ago

We are talking about working class people. If they have jobs in the urban core close by, why would they need cars? If they have jobs in the suburbs they would probably live there since it’s cheaper. No need for a low income person to live in the urban core unless they work there.

Anonymous
1 year ago

is there a study anywhere at the number of jobs in the urban core and the wages of the jobs?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Probably somewhere, however, common sense says all those hotel workers, waiters, bartenders, etc. don’t make that much money and can benefit financially by living close to their jobs without the added expense of owning a car.

Anonymous
1 year ago

People who don’t have cars can lease their parking space. Food for thought.

Anonymous
1 year ago

taht’s a great idea – but so many buildings are operated like prisons and will never allow someone who doesn’t live the ability to park

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not if they are renters. If I were the owner of the unit/building, I would charge them slightly less rent if they don’t own a car and then rent out the space myself. No need to go into messy subleasing.

Anonymous
1 year ago

oh let’s get on that study.

Anonymous
1 year ago

All the jobs have gone to Doral.
The new darling by the Palmetto and the Everglades

Anonymous
1 year ago

Then build affordable housing in Doral

Anonymous
1 year ago

what if they lose their jobs in the urban core and find a job in the suburbs and have no money to move inmediately to the suburbs?

Anonymous
1 year ago

seriously? then they don’t take that job. good grief. how does this relate to the article? ….. what if i’m walking to work cause i don’t have a car and that bad chicken i ate last night caught up with me and i poop my pants –

Anonymous
1 year ago

so they don’t take that job? who is going to pay their rent? are you going tp give them money?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Detroit has VERY affordable housing. Low rent and a People mover.
If you can not provide a service that someone will pay for, you should move to Detroit, Baltimore, Havana, Caracas, Gary IN, or some socialist location where you will get government money to be be worthless.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Or your house hold

Anonymous
1 year ago

lol say what? Seems like you already ate some really bad chicken

Anonymous
1 year ago

Then they move cause they are renters and buy a used car then.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Because sometime people have lives outside of their residential district?

Anonymous
1 year ago

maybe low class people like the urban feel. just cause they broke don’t mean they ain’t woke. and want the arts and culture. not all poor folk want to live in the suburbs.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Low class people want a lot of things.
People in Hell want ice water.
Just because you are broke, don’t mean you ain’t woke…and just because your woke ass wants a pony, or arts, or culture, or a baylink, or a European styled high speed rail system to stop at your front door step and take you exactly where you want to go…doesn’t mean that people who have figured out how to provide VALUE to society should pay for your woke ass.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I LOVE THIS COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Who says it is cheaper to live in the suburbs???

Anonymous
1 year ago

At least get rid of one car per household

Anonymous
1 year ago

I agree with you completely, many people, in fact most people, do no have jobs that are close to public transportation. I will bet you anything that hounds who write about building with no parking have cars themselves. It always seems like a good idea as long as it does not affect you. I take the metromover a few times a week and the metro a few times a month, but there is no way in hell I would give up my car that is the only way I get to work safe and dry. I am sure not going to be sweating or walking in the rain to go to work everyday.

Anonymous
1 year ago

right? people need to get a grip … this is mee-ami —

Anonymous
1 year ago

UBER or ride the bus to Doral where the jobs go

Anonymous
1 year ago

You can always extend Metromover to Doral with a separate leg going to Miramar.
The new corporate centers.

Anonymous
1 year ago

it’s so easy to tell other people to spend 3 hours catching buses to get to their job in the suburbs or spend money taking uber everyday to work.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What!?!?
It is easier for someone to say, “WE want a baylink!” “WE want a train to West Kendall”
Trains are more expensive than Uber.
If you do not understand the concept of cost benefit analysis, then it is no wonder that you are not living in the high rent district.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why don’t you all just get a life. Where people live and work is none of your business.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Or wants one.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is all great but how do we stimulate business growth in the downtown core? Especially high paying jobs with stability and growth.all I see is an endless amount of residential being built and just 1-2 office towers. We need more economic diversity downtown so that we can grow properly and flourish. With the proper business stimulus we can be the New York of the south

Anonymous
1 year ago

We blanket the Northeast and other areas with proposals that highlight the benefits of moving their headquarters to Miami, or at least satellite headquarters. This is the ideal time to make the big push since the tax rates in the northeast are becoming unmanageable for corporations. There are many areas that must be fixed however. Better schools for families, museums, theaters etc., top notch class A office towers, more liberal and competitive financial incentives from the city, a bonafide well established transit system, overseas auto manufacturing and headquarters, that would also serve our South American and Caribbean neighbors. manufacturing of the new metrorail cars in Medley could present us with lots of future possibilities. The new Mercedes US headquarters in Atlanta didn’t just happen. Atlanta went after it. To name just a few. We need visionary people in City hall with the passion to make Miami the envy of the world.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This just in.
At the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, I sat with some very big firms. My discussion started with an overview of S. Florida…it lasted 10 seconds. The leader of the Hong Kong contingent politely interrupted and said, “Miami needs no introduction”.
The business is here.
The turnover in office goes like this. An old industry player downsizes, and new player in the market fills it in.
Miami is on the forefront of technology and innovation.
To paraphrase Hans & Franz…listen to me now, understand me later. Miami has quality tenants in their leasing mix.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I am from miami originally but i live in DC now for 20 years. I know miami dade is a car obsessed place and i see ppl associating riding a “train” or subway is for the poor. Come to DC rush hour and the subway is filled with every race and wage earner. Except for probably billionaires. There is a system here that goes almost everywhere in DC and the suburbs 20 miles out we have 6 lines instead of 1. Of course the federal government is here so we have built in ridership. But if Miami would build office towers downtown and attract some company headquarters it will work. A train system would need to go downtown to both ports,miami beach, aventura, south dade, kendall via zoo miami, doral, fiu, hard rock stadium,hialeah as a start then rail in miami might work.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The Miami core really doesn’t need more density, it has plenty of high density sites. this smells like Ken Russel trying to get re-elected, touting his plan for housing for all, it’s just not going to work the core will continue to gentrify land is just too expensive and construction costs for this type of high density high rise product is too expensive and this is just going to make it more expansive

Anonymous
1 year ago

Wait what part of that is wynwood?

Anonymous
1 year ago

this is more in the A&E District.

Another City debacle?
1 year ago

No park? No green space? The PZAB refused to pass this debacle.

EJS
1 year ago

YESSSSS! And let developers decide on parking.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Many of us who live in the area already do work close to where we live or work from home. There are already several buildings here which do not have parking. There are also a few buildings with lower rents and guess who lives there? The service industry professionals and others with lower incomes that are working in the area! It’s already happening. We walk, bike, use metro mover and scooter and ride share apps. Now you know.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Bike, scooter and ride share apps? Really? That sounds like a teenage solution. Lol!

Anonymous
1 year ago

yes because scooters will be popular in 10 years. Let’s build some rail that outlasts our generation.

Anonymous
1 year ago

AKA this will be the a vertical ghetto by 2035

Anonymous
1 year ago

Depends on what gets built, don’t you think?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Stay in West Kendall

Anonymous
1 year ago

stay in Hialeah baby — or Opa Locka. or Westchester.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ah no. This will be Brickell North by 2035 and you can take that to the bank.

Anonymous
1 year ago

A significant office component would help make that happen. With Arsht Center nearby, it could become a great live/work/play neighborhood.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Racist troll

Anonymous
1 year ago

it will be under water by then.

Anonymous
1 year ago

yes