Miami Commissioner Says ‘Greedy Developers’ Must Build More Parking

A Miami commissioner has come out in strong support of a proposal that would force developers to build more parking, according to the Herald.

Joe Carollo told the paper that allowing developers to build with fewer parking spaces only benefits “greedy developers who want to maximize profits.”

“We do not have in place anything like what they have in other big cities in terms of public transportation,” Carollo said. “People in Miami are going to use their vehicles.”

Carollo would not admit to being behind the proposed legislation, only saying he had previously spoken to city staff about the issue.

No one else in the city would say who was behind the proposal, including City Manager Art Noriega, who is listed as the applicant on the legislation.

Another commissioner, Manolo Reyes, also said he was in favor of requiring more parking than currently required “with some exceptions.”

That makes at least two out of five Miami commissioners potentially in favor of the proposal.

At a meeting last week, Miami’s Planning and Zoning Board voted 9-2 against the plan, with one board member calling the proposal “garbage.” The two board members in favor of requiring more parking were Carollo appointees.

Despite the board’s vote, the decision will ultimately rest with Miami’s Commission.

The Miami 21 zoning code currently allows developers who are building near mass transit such as Metrorail or Metromover to apply for a waiver allowing a reduction  of either 50% or 30% from minimum parking requirements.

A Miami 21 zoning task force had even recommended further reduction of minimum parking requirements in order to spur more affordable housing and encourage transit use – the opposite of what is being proposed.

Under the proposal, 50% parking reductions near transit would be eliminated, while 30% reductions would only be permitted by a special commission vote for each development, making approval much more difficult.

Smaller developments on lots under 10,000 square feet can currently ask for a 100% parking waiver, but would be required to build parking under the new legislation.

A vote by Miami’s Commission on the issue hasn’t yet been scheduled.

 

 

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William
6 months ago

Carollo is consistently one of the worst elected officials.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Agree 100%! How about doing something on mass transit instead of forsing developers to build more parking. Commissioners, do your job@

Livin' off A1A
6 months ago

The problem is that the buildings will be built in record time >>> and then still no Transit as we will have to have another 10y of “studies”. Regardless, the buildings will be 20y+ old before any transit is actually added.

Anonymous
6 months ago

This is all Joe Carollo and his absolutely dumb on-going feud with Bill Fuller.

Fuller has done an incredible job restoring properties in Little Havana and putting in some great authentic spots like Ball and Chain and Los Altos. Almost all of his properties are smaller-scale and not assemblages. He directly benefits from the genius parking exemptions that Andrew Frey helped push through years ago (within 500ft of transit corridor, bldg under 10k sf).

But Fuller supported Carollo’s opponent 4 years ago, and ever since Carollo has acted like a toddler. Guy would park outside Ball and Chain and harass folks from his car all night long.

Carollo is a vindictive nut job who deserves to be in a mental institution, not on a city commission. I’m beyond disappointed he won re-election with his pandering to the elderly Cubans in his district. He must go!

Anonymous
6 months ago

Carollo is going to cost Miami millions of dollars after everyone sues Joe and this corrupt council / city attorney.

DWNTWNR
6 months ago

There’s already a lawsuit filed for $28M. I can only imagine legislation like this will add to that figure.

Anonymous
6 months ago

sad part is that the guy will still make it through reelections either until he is physically cant work or those old cubans die

Anonymous
6 months ago

A lot of the people in his district are from Central America now, basically his whole district are poor Latinos who are opposed to gentrification/making the neighborhood nicer. They will literally gum up the works in Little Havana until there is a massive rezoning, which would change the demographics to more wealthy forward thinking Latinos. It is an odd thing to say but the progressive movement in Little Havana is really regressive in its aim to keep that area poor and neglected as a means to keep its residents in place.

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

That’s not true, it is almost all cubans

Anonymous
6 months ago

No it isn’t. Demographic studies done in the last 2020 census do not agree that it’s almost all Cuban. Its changed drastically since the 80’s.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Only wealthy forward-thinking Latinos?

Anonymous
6 months ago

We wait to die these anachronistic old cubans.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Carollo is like that gnat that you keep swatting but just cant get rid of. A block to city progress on multiple fronts.

Anonymous
6 months ago

the solution isnt hard. INVEST IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Anonymous
6 months ago

Who should pay for it?
Who’s money?

I think every “We Need” on this forum should pay for public transportation divide up the initial capital investment, and then each person who rides it, should pay for their own fair share fare.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Perhaps a special transit tax on the Tech Giants moving to Miami, something small that they wouldn’t feel. They would still pick Miami over SF and NYC. I also think this would be good because it would deter some Tech companies from coming here, which at this point is important to prevent wild real estate speculation and preserve local residents.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Only if every road also has a toll so every person who drives on it pays their fare share.

Transportation is subsidized by the government for a reason. It has positive externalities.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Crazy Joe must go

Anonymous
6 months ago

Both of them, if you know what I mean.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Developers are building less parking because they know what an amazing public transportation system Miami is building… oh wait!🤔

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

“We do not have in place anything like what they have in other big cities in terms of public transportation” -Joe Carollo
THEN PROPOSE IT AND BUILD IT

Anonymous
6 months ago

Well I guess the half cent gas tax for Mass Transit that was voted for and approved by the voters at least 14 years ago in MiamiDade, was just another con job done on us suckers.

Anonymous
6 months ago

We’ve known that for a while

DWNTWNR
6 months ago

The County messed it up, so now we have all these free trolleys with little to no intercity connections.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I don’t know what’s worse, not having a plan and botching a privately-funded monorail, or muttbrains on here who think miles of intercity extensions of a certain free low-speed people mover makes sense.

Anonymous
6 months ago

^ Let me guess… you want more BUSES!!!….

Anonymous
6 months ago

No! Not completely true, sir.

I voted AGAINST the 1/2 penny sales tax. The reasoning back then was, “how can you trust politicians and bearucrats to use the money efficiently? They will either steal it, or divvy out contracts to their brothers-in-law”.

You have to have an ounce of common sense to see that coming. But common sense just isnt that common.

Parking Lots!
6 months ago

There is almost zero public transportation in M-D County. Even simple short Uber trips on Miami Beach can cost $50 on busy nights.

Anonymous
6 months ago

so rather than city commissioners coming together to build out better public transit they just say screw it….MORE PARKING

Robin Stan
6 months ago

This guy is literally a troll, you cannot convince me otherwise.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Instead of wasting billions on that dumb monorail thing, improve the metromover

Anonymous
6 months ago

And the metrorail

Anonymous
6 months ago

A private company was going to foot most of the bill on “that dumb monorail thing.” Let me guess, you want the Metromover improved without charging a fare, enlarging the cars, and increasing the speed, making improvements impracticable.

No to Genting
6 months ago

Genting? That casino company just stiffed its fuel suppliers and lost several cruise ships. Creeps.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Remember which party is and always will be anti-urban

Anonymous
6 months ago

And anti free market

Anonymous
6 months ago

The same party that ran cities when they grew, while the opposing party has been destroying them for fifty-plus years and would all look like the Motor City if it wasn’t for gentrification.

Anonymous
6 months ago

You mean the Democrat Party, who have become full-blown Mar*xists, a major component of its philosophy is to remove the distinction between city and countryside? Why do you think so many claim to be urban and hopped on board with Agenda 21 and the Seven50 Plan (i.e., an attempt to turn Florida into California)?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Yep.. and on Dec 1 2007, the DOW dropped to 680 and on the same day the Feds declared the U.S. was in a recession.

Thank gawd a Democrat named Barack Obama became president in 2009.

Anonymous
6 months ago

LOL

Anonymous
6 months ago

Funny how we went into a recession when the Democrats took Congress in 2007, stayed in one when a Democrat took the White House in 2009, but left it when Republicans took Congress in 2011 and are about to enter another if they don’t again this year and the White House in 2024.

Anonymous
6 months ago

And Miami taxpayers tell Commissioners Carollo and Reyes that they need to take their Banana Republic mentality somewhere else.

Anonymous
6 months ago

If you force developers to build more parking capacity than the market demands, they will just pass those costs onto renters pushing rents higher. Considering the state of Miami’s rental market, maybe policies that incentive a decrease in project costs should be prioritized.

DWNTWNR
6 months ago

The Herald article said $60,000 per parking space to construct, and we wonder why units are expensive.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Read the high cost of free parking. Economically it simply doesn’t make sense. In every sense parking minimums and free parking are bad

Anonymous
6 months ago

Crazy Joe for a reason…

Anonymous
6 months ago

Google the tape of the 911 call. It isn’t good.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Who’s onboard with recalling this idiot!

Anonymous
6 months ago

Carollo is a bitch. Who really voted for this guy anyways.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Almost nobody, local election turnout is dreadfully low, literally in the thousands. It doesn’t take much to sway that

Anonymous
6 months ago

But it doesn’t change the fact that he gets voted in by the same low rent people in Little Havana all the time because they fear getting priced out. We are concentrating too many resources to help save the boomer and Gen X people who are failures, can we please make way for the next generation and allow Little Havana to Gentrify. Lets get it over with already!

Anonymous
6 months ago

But it doesn’t change the fact the majority of who lives in his district can’t vote anyway.

Anonymous
6 months ago

The old homeowners in Little Havana are failures? You came up with this before or after you had to remind your roommate to pay his share of this month’s rent on your Brickell apt.?

Anonymous
6 months ago

The annual salary in Little Havana is $24,491, which is below the Federal poverty line. The age of the residents on average is 43. The local population in Little Havana is older than average and way below the typical earning point for people in the US – Not Florida, not Miami, not Brickell, the entire US. It’s a neighborhood in a crucially important area of the city which is lagging behind everyone! They are dragging down the city in so many ways all to keep older residents in place, and it’s keeping Carollo in power.

Anonymous
6 months ago

less than 3,000 voters. all the abuelitas who he gives food to with our tax $$$.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Ya those Jose Marti Park food drives are pure voter bribery…his face is plastered all over the place like some dictator!

Anonymous
6 months ago

It’s like the Obamaphone.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Same with the COVID testing facility there. His face front and center on all the trucks. It’s disgusting

Anonymous
6 months ago

Greedy commissioners keep stealing transit money for pet projects!

Anonymous
6 months ago

If Carollo was a Democrap, I bet you would be head over heels for his proposed “iconic” lipstick-on-a-pig Metromover Station renovations, because that’s what Cuomo and DeBozo did in NYC with Penn Station and LaGuardia Airport, ignoring the issues that needed to be fixed for both.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Parking is a TNM trigger word.

Woody
6 months ago

Let’s all vote these dumbasses out of office.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Good luck. Dumbasses re-voted him back in !!!!

Anonymous
6 months ago

Just wait for 2024……and voting major dumbasses BACK INTO office.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Carollo said. “People in Miami are going to use their vehicles.”

Sounds more like an obligation! Build a public transportation system then and people won’t need to use cars!

Ciparoo
6 months ago

I mean in the short term he’s not wrong. But long term and big picture, dense clusters need to have public transportation. More and more of Miami is becoming these dense clusters.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I’ve lived here for a few years but the lack of transit is really annoying, coming from Boston and then New York. I was hoping to make Miami permanent but it’s impossible to seamlessly traverse the neighborhoods like it is in other cities.

Anonymous
6 months ago

“Impossible to seamlessly traverse”?
Impossible?

Wow! I must be a Superhero!
It comes so easily to me.

Im going to set up an online tutorial to help people ot called, “Seamless Neighborhood Traversing: A Masterclass”

Here is a teaser:
#1. Download App. #2. Link to your bank #3. Hail an Alto, Uber, Lyft, or Taxi

See not impossible!

[Note: if you moved from Boston and/or New York without a smartphone or bank account, you can take the bus ]
Not impossible.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Not all of us want to take a car everywhere we go. In a city like this, we shouldn’t have to.

MM305
6 months ago

There are options and walkable neighborhoods in Miami, but you gotta pay a premium to live there. People from Boston and NYC are moving here in such high numbers that those walkable neighborhoods are becoming unaffordable… And it’s weird how there’s this correlation between demand from human beings and the supply to serve those human beings.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Is that you Mary Coen?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Somebody’s getting greased by the auto dealers…

Anonymous
6 months ago

Brickell Motors right on Calle Ocho

Anonymous
6 months ago

Every article, TNM readers are on the same page with regards to public transit. How difficult would it be for us to organize and actually make a difference instead of just complaining? Any ideas?

Anonymous
6 months ago

How absurd

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

with a houseplant

DJL Cyber
6 months ago

Here’s a suggestion, Carollo. Grow up.

Anonymous
6 months ago

And resign.

DJL Cyber
6 months ago

That too.

Anonymous
6 months ago

In these high rise condos what % of residents live full-time in Miami? Versus out of country or out of state investors who may or may not even have a car to park.

MM305
6 months ago

They may be from out of state or country, but they rent out the units to people that do live here, so it’s not a net loss of housing space the way that anti-gentrifies are saying.

Fern
6 months ago

More locals could live in them if the bottom third of all these buildings weren’t occupied by cars and the developers could use that space instead for homes

Anonymous
6 months ago

In Japan almost all the routes were built and run by private companies. Why can’t we do the same here?

Anonymous
6 months ago

We are! Brightline is the way!

JR is also not REALLY a private company.

Also Japanese cities don’t enforce parking or zoning as strictly as US cities.