Commissioners Scheduled To Vote Today On Proposal To Require Developers To Build More Parking

Miami’s commission is meeting today. On the agenda: a proposal to increase parking requirements for new residential projects built in the city.

The city’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board discussed the issue on February 2, and voted to recommend against the proposal. However, final say rests with commissioners.

One commissioner, Joe Carollo, has come out in strong support of requiring more parking garage space, citing a lack of mass transit in the city and high car usage.

Three rule changes related to parking are included on today’s agenda item:

  • Removal of developers ability to build 50% fewer parking spaces than required by zoning in Mass Transit zones
  • Requiring each individual project seeking a 30% parking reduction to obtain commission approval, an expensive and time consuming process
  • Ending the ability of smaller projects under 10,000 square feet to seek parking waivers

City records show they have received multiple comments from residents opposed to the rule changes, with none in favor.

The South Florida Chapter of The Associated General Contractors of America and the Builders Association of South Florida also wrote letters opposing the changes.

 

 

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Anonymous
3 months ago

The opposite needs to be happening. Less cars and more public transportation infrastructure

Anonymous
3 months ago

We need to vote Joe Carollo out! His vision is the opposite of what should be happening. The developers are been more responsible than he is!

Jon
3 months ago

Thankfully he’s termed out after this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes for mayor after his commission term is up.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Cuban Plantation Mentality at it’s best

Anonymous
3 months ago

You are obviously jealous

Anonymous
3 months ago

Nobody is jealous of Carollo. He beats his wife in front of his children.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Love a dominant guy

Anonymous
2 months ago

In spite of all those giving the thumbs down. You are still jealous.
Truth hurts sometimes

Anonymous
3 months ago

Tell that “plantation mentality” to ninety-five percent of another certain minority.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Miami politicians got stuck in the 1950s. Miami will never elect a young progressive commissioner unless the Uban Core is unified in one District. Sam’s applies to FL Congressional Districts.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Same (no Sam’s)

Anonymous
3 months ago

Depending on what you mean by “progressive,” no thanks. We don’t need anymore pajama boys like Ken Russell, who is just as bad, nor certainly any AOCs.

Anonymous
3 months ago

^ Yeah.. because to you, Miami need more Proud Boys zombies who are ready to storm the Capitol Bldg in Wa DC again at a moments notice.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Who’s the koolaid-drinking zombie with such a comment?

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ Please, you can use dog whistle hate speech at AOC all you want, but don’t expect everyone who’s not on you side to be unaware of why you said it.. zombie.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Love Ken Russell. AOC, not so much.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Hopefully we’ll never elect a progressive anything, regardless of age. You guys know a lot about how to mess things up.

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ Yeah.. like fixing an economy that was fucked up after the Bush administration left.

Anonymous
2 months ago

You should really study your history before making stupid comments. Go back to Carter (Community Reinvestment Act) and Clinton and you’ll find the root causes of the housing bubble. Not a 100% Bush fan but unemployment was at a steady 4-5% for 6 of his 8 years until the Demonrats took over congress in his 2nd term midterms. Look it up, it’ll be refreshing to know the truth. He actually tried to stop what was coming but Barnie Frank stood in his way. Now he really f’ed things up on his way out with all the government bail outs. So please don’t dream that your communist-in-chief fixed anything. He made things much worse.

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ Oh wow.. look, I don’t have time to point out everything that was a catastrophe for this nations economy when Bush was in office. For example, like how fucked up the banking industry got and how those ungracious, shady, and greedy mofos still were with taxpayer money after getting bailed out. Good thing Obama put a stop to their free wheeling. So please, miss me with all that Chicken Hawk screeching that you flag hugging, regulating hating, dog whistling, and clueless dingoes are fond of using.

Not Anonymous
2 months ago

I know this might be contreversial, but Miami isn’t ready for less parking, the public transportation infrastructure isn’t there.

MM305
2 months ago

I don’t know if we need a young progressive commissioner, just one that doesn’t want to regress the city transit.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I hear he’s gifted

Robin Stan
3 months ago

It’s great how he openly admits that the local government is failing at its job of providing adequate public transit, and instead of fixing that issue he is going to throw a fit until the parking minimums are raised. So incredibly backwards, there should be parking MAXIMUMS not minimums, otherwise you’re doomed to sitting in traffic for an eternity.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Sorry Stan, you’ll never get homeowners in places like Kendall and Aventura to agree to pay more in taxes to subsidize your Metromover trips to craft beer tents. They literally don’t GAF. I’m shocked as well.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Well the good news is it’s the urban areas of the city that are growing. If trends continue, the urban residents will far outnumber the suburbs and we can pass increases to taxes to expand public transportation without them.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Really smart there buddy. Yeah keep on raising taxes and giving power to the ruling class. God help us if any of you progressive geniuses ever gets in power.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yeah.. they’ll probably threaten their own vice president with hanging.

Hold up, wait…

Anonymous
2 months ago

Ohhh what cute response… Is that all you guys have?

Not Anonymous
2 months ago

that is true though….

Anonymous
3 months ago

This is the most ridiculous and asinine legistation. Please let me know who are the brilliant commissioners so I don’t vote for them

Anonymous
3 months ago

I’d like to know how you’re voting for commissioners in more than one district.

Anonymous
2 months ago

They do that all the time. How else do you think elections get stolen?

Anonymous
2 months ago

Haha.. I’m in charge of all the legal and investigative resources in this country along with the entire military and even told the Russians to find emails for me that I think Hillary Clinton hid. Yet, somehow, someone stole the elections on my watch…

lol…

Anonymous
2 months ago

You clearly have not been watching all the corruption that has been slowly uncovered. But you little betas only see what you want to see because it offends you little safe spaces. UHHHH how cute.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Fck Loco Joe!

Anonymous
2 months ago

i hear he’s gifted

Anonymous
3 months ago

Crazy Joe: “We need more parking because there isn’t any public transportation!”

The rest of us: “…..how about you just build more public transportation instead?”

Anonymous
3 months ago

That would make too much sense

Fern
2 months ago

Him: “Can’t do that because then we can’t mandate more parking”

Anonymous
3 months ago

All because Crazy Joe has a beef with one little Havana Developer. He’s the king of holding a grudge. He will drag the whole city down if he has to to get revenge on any one who offends him.

Anonymous
3 months ago

He definitely has beef.
I hear he’s gifted

MM305
2 months ago

Don’t forget the upzoning he put the kabosh on in 2015/2016 in East Little Havana/Riverside/West Brickell, we could have used that today.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Build a top-notch public transportation no more car parking spots!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yeah great! Keep on dictating to the rest of us how YOU want US to run our lives.

Anonymous
3 months ago

VOTE NO!!!!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

“Ending the ability of smaller projects under 10,000 square feet to seek parking waivers”

Neighborhoods like Little Havana will never be redeveloped if this is removed. Large assemblage projects will be the only possibilities in a neighborhood that is so fine-grain

Anonymous
3 months ago

A lot of Little Havana is historic and should be preserved and restored, but it seems Corolla doesn’t like that either. Large assemblage projects will look even worse than Melo’s with giant parking pedestals. Never mind the east-west platform at Government Center Station that can be utilized for an extension into Little Havana, and/or continuing south from Miami Airport to Douglas Road Station. It’s a walkable neighborhood with amazing potential for transit connections.

Anonymous
3 months ago

“Corolla doesn’t like that either. Large assemblage projects will look even worse than Melo’s with giant parking pedestals”

With those “horrendous looking” parking pedestals, I wonder why these Melo buildings stay packed with renters?

lol…

Anonymous
2 months ago

The “historic” buildings in Little Havana aren’t like the brownstones in Brooklyn. They’re low slung dilapidated slum housing. Miami is a new city, we need to keep it that way to prevent it from becoming stagnated like the overly “progressive” cities. Be progressive in the way you treat people, and not stagnate in the way you zone a city.

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ So you don’t like “Preservationist” or their offices?

Anonymous
2 months ago

I like it when they don’t over reach to extend the term “historic” to meaningless buildings that are just old.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Less parking! We want more walkability and bike lanes!

Anonymous
3 months ago

^ Somebody who forgot how to put one foot down in front of the other and has a death wish.

Anonymous
3 months ago

If I had a death wish, I would just drive through Miami. The traffic here literally makes me want to kill myself.

Anonymous
3 months ago

^ But you would risk your neck riding a bicycle on the streets in Miami?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Um that’s literally why we want more bike lanes. Keep up, please.

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ Please.. I can show you empty bike lanes in Miami right now that nobody uses because people aren’t that stupid.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Many people don’t use them because the current bike lanes are few and far between. You build it, they will come.

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ Man, that’s some helluva logic you’re using there – “people don’t use them because the current bike lanes are few and far between.”

Look, I was running around in Miami in 1970’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s which is all the way up to now. I’m talking facts while you’re talking BS.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Well then do it.

Anonymous
2 months ago

then do it genius!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Uhhhh the little boys want more bikes. How cute. Drive a car, like a man is supposed to.

Anonymous
2 months ago

And stay in your bike lane in the street. I’m tired of moving out the way on the sidewalk when I see one of you a – holes coming.

Anonymous
3 months ago

“One commissioner, Joe Carollo, has come out in strong support of requiring more parking garage space, citing a lack of mass transit in the city and high car usage”

— but —

He’s in favor of “removing the developers ability to build 50% fewer parking spaces than required by zoning in Mass Transit zones by paying into a transit fund”

*scratching my head.. um, what?

Brooklyn
3 months ago

I hope those who are vocal on this board become more active in city government. I watched some of the commission hearings today and was discouraged, the commission is disorganized and inarticulate about most topics. Relative to other municipalities, the City of Miami is seriously lacking when it comes to having a thoughtful and intelligent city commission. Hopefully the transformation that the city is experiencing will also cause these unproductive commissioners to be voted out.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Instead of excoriating the people leaving comments on this site, why don’t you run for a city commission position since you have all the answers?

MM305
2 months ago

You won’t make a dent without the right backing. You’d just sound like a crazy person on a soap box. Wish there was an ability to do that in Miami.
DDA, which acknowledges that 80% of the downtown population is between 21-45, doesn’t have a single person in that age group on the board that makes decisions for that area. It’s a common theme in Miami – under representation of young people at the municipal level.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Oh yes – just what literally every single city planner in the world says “DO NOT DO” – let’s do that!

Michael
2 months ago

It doesn’t look like this ended up being voted on. It’s item PZ.7 in the agenda doc (http://miamifl.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=2771&Inline=True), but that item doesn’t show up in the minutes of the meeting video (https://miamifl.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=823)

Anonymous
3 months ago

All of these parking garages are going to turn into storage units as car ownership trends downward and gets replaced by automated passenger pod technology like the zoox vehicles. You can expect parking garage to storage conversions to be a big part of future pricey condo assessments thanks to bad legislation like this one.

Anonymous
3 months ago

That’s similar to what they were saying in the early 1800’s – “All these horses in town can only lead to more horse stalls which will mean stepping in a lotta more horse shit!”

lol…

Anonymous
3 months ago

yeah, it’s actually a perfect analogy because many of the horse stalls were converted into other building structures and they actually slaughtered quite a few horses as they got retired in favor of cars, especially during the great depression when people couldn’t even afford to feed the left over horses

Anonymous
3 months ago

Backwards ho!

Anonymous
3 months ago

When the solution to transit is extending a certain low-distance, low-speed, and low-capacity free service called Metromover, and Metrorail expansion funding gets pocketed, I don’t blame him for cynicism. I do however on the law of induced demand.

Anonymous
3 months ago

How is it that there are always 40+ ppl in the comments on new article when I check daily. Is there notifications?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Because articles are released at 1:00 Monday-Thursday and people know that.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Any word on the results?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Backwards ass thinking.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if their long term plan is actually to house Miami’s growing homeless population inside unused parking garage space. They’ve done programs like that in other cities and it makes sense since the parking garage is always the lower levels of the building and it separates them from the paying tenants in the condos above. It gets the tents off the sidewalks and at no extra cost since the parking space would’ve gone unused anyhow. This could be a big win-win when they convert those spaces over to this kind of housing

Anonymous
3 months ago

I don’t know about freely providing this but I could see the unused parking garage area being converted into micro units that could provide affordable housing to existing Miami locals who are being priced out

Anonymous
3 months ago

The politicians voting for this are likely in cahoots with developers who will be doing these conversions, typical Miami corruption

Anonymous
3 months ago

I’m sure residents, building managers, and landlords would just LOVE that idea. Besides, “free” housing for the homeless advocates want units with separate bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms, and call SROs inhumane.

Anonymous
3 months ago

That’s actually good thinking, they could house RSOs in there who have trouble getting places due to their criminal past

American Worker
2 months ago

if they have to get approval from the commission, the commission will be able to extort more “community benefits” from them. there will be fewer homes, less tax revenue, and less work for the people who build Miami’s signature towers

Anonymous
2 months ago

This was continued to March 24, 2022.

Anonymous
3 months ago

How could this city possibly fit any more cars?

Anonymous
2 months ago

How could this city possibly get more baffled people?

Anonymous
3 months ago

He’s right

Anonymous
3 months ago

The more parking is for all us righteous conservatives with gas guzzling SUVs and big d!cks. All you cry baby liberals can suck it.

Anonymous
3 months ago

F-‘k you!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Big SUVS and small d!cks!!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

I think he meant “small 4 cylinder trucks, little brains, and tiny dicks.. “

Anonymous
3 months ago

You’re definitely not talking about Joe

Anonymous
3 months ago

I want to s–k Joes’s d!ck if is that big!

Not Anonymous
2 months ago

wtf…

Anonymous
3 months ago

Not all conservatives have big SUVs.
You’re wrong.
I’m not that stupid to pay more for insurance, tires, gas, car wash, etc,etc

Anonymous
3 months ago

Most people I’ve seen with Biden stickers drive SUVs, and the most Karen ones of all like RAV-4s, Range Rovers, and whatever that POS is called that Hyundai makes.