Miami Considering Proposal That Would Force Developers To Build More Parking

The city of Miami is considering changing zoning rules to require developers to build more parking, even if they are building near mass transit.

Under current rules, developers building within a Transit Oriented Development area or within a Transit Corridor area are allowed to request a waiver from normal parking minimums.

Under pending legislation, the ability to seek a 50% parking reduction waiver by paying into a transit fund in these areas would be eliminated.

Smaller new developments in these areas that are built with under 10,000 square feet of space are currently allowed to ask for a 100% parking waiver. That too would be eliminated.

Developers would still be able to ask for a 30% parking reduction in these areas. However, the process would change from being a waiver to being considered an exception.

Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board is scheduled to vote on the new proposal at a meeting on February 2.

According to the legislation summary, the applicant for the proposal is City Manager Art Noriega on behalf of the city.

 

 

125 Comments
most voted
newest oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Anonymous
8 months ago

Going backwards…

Anonymous
8 months ago

From the City’s website — Miami 21 represents the “Miami of the 21st Century”

This new part of the code would make it Mimai20, at best. This makes the majority of the areas zoned T4 in this city unable to develop unless you acquire the adjacent parcels to provide enough parking. Really goes against the stated goals of Miami21.

Anonymous
8 months ago

That’s the problem with people who make decisions in this city.. the shit that makes sense to do, they wanna do something opposite that makes no sense.

Looks like this is just a power move by Art Noriega.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Miami21 was a failure from the start because they hand out waivers like candy. Buildings are even worse looking and more anti-urban than those approved under the last code. Exceeding MAXIMUM parking requirements should be a waiver.

DWNTNWR
8 months ago

Exceeding maximum should be an exception instead of a waiver. It’s more expensive and requires a public hearing.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Cancel the whole thing. These towers are ugly anyway. I hope the deal breaks apart!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Oh oh.. somebody called the Pretty Police…

Anonymous
8 months ago

Let’s see your neighbor paint their house poopy brown or a developer across the street build a tower with a giant ugly mural from your window views. See who’s the “pretty police” then.

Anonymous
8 months ago

^
Haha.. the Pretty Police only care about the way they look at things. Nobody tells them their shoes, pants. shirt, suit, apartment, house, girlfriend, wife, husband, car, or dog is ugly. And you know why?.. because he/she wouldn’t giveashit about another person’s opinion, because she thinks everything about him/her-self looks good already to someone else.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I don’t get it, why wouldn’t you want parking in your building? I had a friend that lived in one of the MET towers on Biscayne with no parking. What a mission! She parked across the street, doing groceries would become such a pain in the ass!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Cars are antithetical to dense urban development. Wanna own a car? Don’t live downtown

Anonymous
8 months ago

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Increased costs of construction passed down to tenants/buyers? Wow, that seems pretty obvious…

Anonymous
8 months ago

Let the market decide. It isn’t for everyone but many people can live in the CBD without a car.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Government mandated parking is not the way to do it though. Let developers decide how much parking is appropriate because some people may not even own a car.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Across the street?! Oh noooo!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Citizens: “We have an affordable housing crisis in Miami!”

The city: “ok, let’s make developers pay up to $80,000 per parking space! That will lower housing costs!”

Anonymous
8 months ago

lol…

Anonymous
8 months ago

as if ANY unit in these building are ‘affordable housing’.
There should be a minimum parking space for each bedroom and some guest parking.

Anonymous
8 months ago

That’s literally not what should happen for areas of Little Haiti, Little Havana, and other places where more affordable housing is built. You clearly don’t understand the issue so let’s sit this out.

MM305
7 months ago

Forcing parking is foolish at best. Combine that with the lack of supply and you’ll have a crisis of affordability. The real issues are that the zoning board keeps giving out unlimited height in Downtown and Brickell and limits the heights of buildings in the affordable areas you mentioned like Little Havana and Haiti. They need to upzone all of Little Havana yesterday, tomorrow is too late! Then they restrict commercial and industrial zoning so you better have big money behind you to start a business or buy a place in the urban corridor. Add to that the scarcity of manual labor and blue collar workers and you have the ingredients for a serious issue bubbling under the surface.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The zoning board is not the place to blame for the all the height limits you see in Little Havana. Go research some prior articles on people who fought tooth and nail in Little Havana to restrict building heights. Same with Little Haiti.

Anonymous
7 months ago

But the City has the Final say, not those people fighting tooth and nail. They can be ignored by wise city officials, who aren’t going to let a minority of vocal idiots run the zoning and housing policy.

Anonymous
8 months ago

What the hell is the point of this nonsense?!?!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Makes sense like the Monorail doesn’t it?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Monorail makes more sense than a half-assed Metromover expansion and “express” doe.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Sorry but the Metromover has been in existence for at least 32 years. If people like you are clueless as what to do further with, near, or around this gem the forefathers designed and built for Miami, then always expressing your disdain for it is nothing but useless jargon.

Woody.
8 months ago

Here we go again with these backward ways of thinking……

Anonymous
8 months ago

Welcome to Meami.. !

Anonymous
8 months ago

So more cars, traffic, and ugly pedestals 🍅🍅🍅

Anonymous
8 months ago

Like that kid said to Bruce Willis.. “I see more cars, traffic, and ugly pedestals.”

lol…

Anonymous
8 months ago

What the actual fuck

BDub
8 months ago

My thought exactly

Anonymous
8 months ago

It’s like letting people who live in some “tiny town” next to the border with Alabama have a saying if Miami can have casinos.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Tallashasse isn’t even near the border of Alabama, and it’s more because of Indian casino influence.

DWNTNWR
8 months ago

Tallahassee is larger city than Fort Lauderdale. It’s not a “tiny town.”

Anonymous
8 months ago

I really don’t care what you think when it comes to the size of Tallahassee. Look, the Metro area that Tallahassee sits in is close to 400,000 people. Even if it had 400,000 people in it, that still wouldn’t be shit to the Miami metro area that Fort Lauderdale sits in.

Jesus
8 months ago

This makes no sense at all. All of this extra parking for what? Do we really want to stun our city by making it a standstill during rush hour? When you tax something, you get less of it and when you subsidize something, you get more of it, and it sounds like we want to have less mass transit and more people driving cars. It makes no sense because those folks driving their cars aren’t going to drive more than a mile away from their building within 15 minutes.

Azarius
8 months ago

Most of the ppl that work and visit downtown does NOT live within The city limits!

DWNTNWR
8 months ago

There’s no shortage of parking downtown.

Anonymous
8 months ago

a lot of the traffic is people circling trying to find parking

DWNTNWR
8 months ago

A lot of the “traffic” is people too lazy to park a 5-10 min walk away from their destinations. A lot of the “traffic” is people too cheap to pay for the garages in downtown. Adding parking doesn’t solve anything. It’s a waste of prime land, and it encourages more cars to come.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Fire this clown.

Ciparoo
8 months ago

This feels very much like we’re being trolled

Anonymous
8 months ago

This is a move by Carollo to punish places like Ball & Chain and other Fuller-owned properties which can only work because of parking reductions on transit corridors. A dumb policy driven by a personal vendetta. They don’t care that this has massive collateral damage to affordability and common sense urban policy.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I can’t wait to see what Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board has to say about this asinine idea.

DWNTNWR
8 months ago

Go look at the board members and watch previous meetings…wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up in a long debate but gets their approval.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Ball & Chain was build before parking requirements and legally vested. Noriega was the Miami Parking Authority CEO, that’s all.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Built

Lechozo
7 months ago

The Carollo vendettas have nothing to do with this

Anonymous
8 months ago

!𝘀𝗱𝗿𝗮𝘄𝗸𝗰𝗮𝗯 𝘀𝗶 𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗠

Anonymous
8 months ago

Wow, this is really counter productive.
You know this is idiotic when one hand wants one thing and the other wants just the opposite.
I thought the mentality was all about taking care of our planet?
Even electric vehicles have a carbon footprint or maybe worse than gas powered cars.
So we should be encouraging mass transit not the reverse.

Anonymous
8 months ago

What they should be demanding from developers is to bury the power lines in exchange for reduced parking or no parking at all. Properties will sell anyway.

Anonymous
8 months ago

FPL is responsible for that, that’s why we pay electricity bills.

Anonymous
8 months ago

They are also bigger cheapskates than “extend Metromover to X” people.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The Metromover has been in existence for at least thirty something years. I guess in your opinion, just like the clueless elected people in Miami, nothing else should be done with it. That’s asinine thinking. You would’ve fit in very well with the horse and buggy people back in the 1800’s who hated that new mode of transportation, TRAINS!

Anonymous
8 months ago

You’re absolutely wrong.
Developers can get involved in the power lines placement. It’s done by working together with the power line co.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Bet it’s the big developers tossing a ton of money behind this effort. By eliminating these waivers (especially the 100% if bldg is under 10k sf), it makes smaller scale developments impossible. In areas where height is limited, this forces large assemblages of land, which only the big guys can afford to do.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Stop thinking…

Lechozo
7 months ago

The same developers that cheered for the waiver policy?

Anonymous
8 months ago

The parking squad is going to have an aneurysm with this one!

Azarius
8 months ago

They’ll be enraged as if they are not already commenting on ever project wishing to eliminate all parking 😂🤣🤣

Azarius
8 months ago

I really want to hear their argument for this move, I understand they know what’s in the pipeline to come to Miami before we do but what has warranted this proposal?

Yet Another Anonymous
8 months ago

On February 2 we’ll see if the groundhog can see past the parking podiums to sixty more years of traffic winter.

Anonymous
8 months ago

uh.. what?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Wow. This is a significant step backwards in affordability, meeting carbon emissions reduction goals, efficient use of space, and overall future vision for the city.

Anonymous
8 months ago

You can thank 3/5 of the Commissioners for gems like this…idiots

Anonymous
8 months ago

So let me get this straight…there is current legislation that allows a developer to reduce the amount of parking they need to build if they contribute to a centrally managed fund for improving mass-transit?

It feels like the push should be that developers must REDUCE parking in order to drive contributions to that mass-transit fund.

Anonymous
8 months ago

A lot of people who live in NYC don’t own cars and that why there’s no traffic.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Uh.. what?

Anonymous
8 months ago

So spend billions of dollars on trains and buses so they ride about empty. The money spent on studying the viability of mass transit was VERY well spent.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Don’t worry, tying mandatory very high car insurance in order to get a registration will make sure trains and buses stay full of passengers.

Robin Stan
8 months ago

Absolutely comical.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The original exemption was a Francis Suarez change. Where is he now when they are rolling back his changes.

Anonymous
7 months ago

haha, city manager Art Noriega, formerly known as director of miami parking authority, Art Noriega.

Azarius
8 months ago

My only argument as to why they can’t eliminate parking requirements are Miami does NOT has RELIABLE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION MEANS we just don’t! For the amount of ppl that travel downtown and where they are going downtown we don’t have the transit system to support all our visitors or residents

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yes a solvable problem that will never be solved till it’s too late. Makes sense to wait till then to do something, just add more parking…

Anonymous
8 months ago

The market can still provide that parking without the government forcing developers with requirements. At the end of the day, parking requirements just subsidize car-ownership, further reducing the demand for the public transit people already complain we don’t have.

Anonymous
8 months ago

IKR, better extend the Metromover in its current form and hope those crappy tin cans don’t get stuck on Biscayne Bay.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Metromover cars have the ability to float on the water in Biscayne Bay?

Gee, I learn something new everyday.

Azarius
8 months ago

We need more data on traffic downtown and where most of that traffic come from and during what times so we can access correctly

DWNTNWR
8 months ago

Waze and the County have a data agreement. There’s also traffic cameras and other counters that track this data by the minute. We have the data. We know where trip origins and destinations are. The problem is the decision makers don’t want to do anything with the data.

Lechozo
7 months ago

also Sunpass

Anonymous
8 months ago

Many County Departments – the way out west Building Department, for one – could be relocated to this site.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The original “supertower” proposal with a courthouse component would’ve worked so well, with county offices too.

Anonymous
8 months ago

who the f is Art Noriega??? and what’s the reasoning behind such proposal?

DWNTNWR
8 months ago

He’s the City Manager, and he was the previous director of the MPA. I doubt it’s coming from him. It’s likely coming from commissioners that are anti transit.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I like podiums because they have trees and pools on top of them and it makes the city look lush and tropical with all those trees at different elevations