Miami ‘Is Not A Pedestrian & Bicycle City,’ Commissioner Says, Before Voting To Require More Parking

Miami commissioners voted 4-1 last week in favor of an ordinance that would essentially force developers to build more parking.

“This is not a pedestrian and bicycle city,” Commissioner Manolo Reyes said. “we don’t have a mass transit system, period.”

Reyes went on to complain that people were parking in front of his house due to a lack of parking space.

Commissioner Joe Carollo also spoke in favor of the ordinance at the meeting. He has previously called developers “greedy” for wanting to build less parking.

The vote was on a first reading of the ordinance. The new rules will become law after a vote on a second and final reading.

Developers will be required to build the full amount of parking required by zoning, unless they can get a commission vote to allow a reduction for their specific project. Parking reduction waivers by city planners for projects near transit stops will no longer be permitted.

Commissioners are going against a recommendation of a Miami zoning task force, which recommended further reducing minimum parking requirements.

They also overrode the Planning and Zoning Board, which voted against the plan. One member of that board called the proposal “garbage.”

Requiring more parking will make housing even less affordable to build in Miami, and smaller developments might become completely unviable, advocates say.

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

backwards ass city

Anonymous
1 month ago

never ceases to amaze

F Carollo
1 month ago

It is so frustrating. Like in some ways, we are barreling to the top. Then our ass backward commissioners drag their feet on transit and vote for this. SMH.

You’re right
1 month ago

So. Higgins spent half a million on bike lanes in downtown. Yet she’s against scooters. The bike lanes are in the wrong side of downtown and are deserted. Half a million. They narrowed south miami avenue and created gridlock. Then there’s the famous Mana backed Flagler project. Has already gone over budget and is bankrupting merchants in phase 1. Six months past. Deadline already.

ao1
1 month ago

Those bike lanes are a little island in the middle of a sea of hostile roads. bring the lanes south from 36th street and east from little havana and people will ride them,

Anonymous
1 month ago

“we don’t have a mass transit system, period.”

Then let’s phukin build one you dummy!

Anonymous
1 month ago

i mean, they do have one. so that’s not even a true statement.

Bandit
1 month ago

“This is not a pedestrian and bicycle city” Might have well just told people to f*** themselves. Sad that this is how our local ‘leaders’ think.

Downtowner
1 month ago

How many of these “leaders” even live in Miami’s urban core? Although the city overall may not be a pedestrian city, the urban core is well on its way to becoming pedestrianized, despite the retrograde views of those who sit on the city commission.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They don’t live to begin with. They’re decrepit parasites who have never worked an actual day in their life or had a conversation with someone outside their corrupt criminal enterprise known as career politics.

Marco Rubio
1 month ago

Career politicians are the worst.

Anonymous
1 month ago

None, which is why Miami’s city hall is out in Coconut Grove. Move it to the old courthouse and force them all to see Flagler Street’s neverending construction and p**s-stained sidewalks blocks away.

Azarius
1 month ago

All our Commissioners are a bunch of nearsighted old hags that need to be removed

Drac
1 month ago

I agree.. Manolo Reyes looks like he should be retired and lounging on a lawn chair somewhere in Boca Raton.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh no not Boca Raton he need to go live over town or on 20th Street and see how poor people live. And see how his heartless conscious feel.

Anonymous
1 month ago

ay dios mios, you really think Manolo Reyes wants to live in Boca? Oy vey bubi

real estate BS
1 month ago

except for Russell

Anonymous
1 month ago

Russell is just as bad, if not worse when complaining about codes being seggsist.

Anon MIA
1 month ago

Russell is useless too

Anonymous
1 month ago

Corrupt politicians don’t make much money from the bike industry as much as they make it from the car industry. Vote them out!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Morons! The reason we don’t have mass transit it’s because their lack of vision and commitment!

Annoymous
1 month ago

Idiots

parkinghater
1 month ago

Friendly reminder that this is THE OPPOSITE OF THE FREE MARKET. THIS IS GOVERNMENT SETTING MINIMUMS.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Now we get the real story…. “Reyes went on to complain that people were parking on the swale in front of his house.”

We need to park a protest on his front lawn from now until he moves out of the city altogether.

Anonymous
1 month ago

100% TRUTH

Anonymous
1 month ago

Well eventually there will be so much traffic that people will leave their cars and hop a bike to get to work on time.

Chris Lares
1 month ago

That’s already happening. Wait till no one can afford rent iether

Anonymous
1 month ago

Really speechless. And next time a bicyclist or pedestrian is killed on the streets they should personally sue the 4 Commissioners who voted for this.

Drac
1 month ago

what?

Fernando
1 month ago

Very good piont

Anonymous
1 month ago

bicyclist need to be off the street as it is, cant stand them, this is whyt hey get killed in Key Biscayne all the time, they dont stay in thier lanes, so F them

Anonymous
1 month ago

ouch…

Anonymous
1 month ago

“cars: in a hurry to go no where”

Original
1 month ago

“we don’t have a mass transit system, period.”

And Manolo Reyes is gonna make sure it never will.. PERIOD!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

dont want to hear 1 complaint….these fools are elected…we get what we deserve

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s really time for downtown to have like 3 of its own commissioners or to just become its own independent city! These idiot commissioners who don’t even live in downtown shouldn’t even have a say in what goes on there

Anonymous
1 month ago

https://miamigis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=e44c932135584e77b4ad9866a0798568

Yeah, Russell’s district should honestly be split in to 3. Make everything north of Downtown a district, then put Downtown and Brickell into another and make Coconut Grove its own district too.

Anonymous
1 month ago

We don’t need more municipalities. We need more annexations.

You’re right
1 month ago

Reyes. Carollo. All vote hard against any progress in areas that they don’t represent. Why.
They don’t live there. They don’t work there. They’re never never , yet speak about bike lanes as if they’re riding every day past the piss smelling streets they claim to know.

Ridarope
1 month ago

Typical actions from people with no vision.

Anonymous
1 month ago

typical micropenis politicians who view the city and its people as a personal piggy bank. you can tell the guy has zero patriotism, pride or aspirations for Miami outside however much he can squeeze out of it for himself.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Developers should not be forced to build parking lots, they know what sells, is up to them to sell their condos without parking lots, if they can’t sell them it’s their loss and their problem, is also up to the condo buyers if they want to buy a condo with out a parking lot

Anonymous
1 month ago

I mostly agree. The Free Market is better than other alternatives.

nonmous
1 month ago

“Developers will be required to build the full amount of parking required by zoning, unless they can get a commission vote to allow a reduction for their specific project.”

“Commissioners are going against a recommendation of a Miami zoning task force, which recommended further reducing minimum parking requirements.”

“They also overrode the Planning and Zoning Board, which voted against the plan. One member of that board called the proposal “garbage.”

So, let me get this straight. The commission of the city of Miami told the Planning and Zoning Board to go out and look into what would be the best plan to attack the ever increasing population, housing, parking, and mass transit issues that’s currently affecting the city now, and in the future. And after the Planning and Zoning Board reported back to the commission with their study and suggestion on what should be done to combat these issues, these commissioners in Miami are now saying, “we don’t care what you’re telling us because this is how we’re going to do things.”

I agree with the comment that said, “don’t want to hear 1 complaint… these fools are elected… we get what we deserve.”

Anon
1 month ago

What is going to happen with projects in pipeline that do not have parking that still require permits when does this go into effect?

nonmous
1 month ago

They will be grandfathered in.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I guess we’re a high-traffic and gridlock city.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You have small bumpkin towns that are more forward thinking than Miami. Its unfortunate but Miami will be left in the dust if these leaders and this type of thinking continues.

Mitch
1 month ago

This is unbelievable….who is electing this people? No vision / no new ideas.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I guess most of his salary comes from the oil industry and car manufacturers. Makes sense.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It even seems that the city has given up on investing in mass transport. Due to lack of mass transport, parking is invested. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Invest as much as possible in mass transport, so you don’t have to invest in parking? The proposal requires the construction of all seats, unless the committee specifically approves an exception. This subjectivity is a danger and may give rise to corruption.

DWNTWNR
1 month ago

Fairly certain this was introduced to target certain establishments outside of Downtown.

MEAN MACHINE
1 month ago

Yes… when you hear somebody say something like – people are parking on the swale in front of my house due to a lack of parking space?.. then yeah, your comment does carry some validity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The city of Miami does not determine mass transit. It’s the County.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Might as well throw out Miami21. Most buildings are uglier than those built under old code anyway.

Anonymous
1 month ago

VOTE THEM OUT. This is ridiculous and will seriously backfire in the future as the city continues to boom.

Anonymous
1 month ago

this is the most backwards thinking i have ever seen

Anonymous
1 month ago

The irony of this all is… anyone who walks downtown or brickell sees that most buildings, including those eligible for parking reductions/eliminations, have giant parking podiums at their base.

so , what’s this really about? most of the buildings have ample parking already, and developers, on their free will have chosen to build parking, many times, at levels above the minimum required…. clearly, there must be some sort of other motive.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Those podiums dont meet the legal minimum set by the city, most of them are like 30-40% smaller than what the legal minimum is because the City’s Planning Board gave the developers a waiver. So imagine all of the condos with the parking podiums, but now they are 30-40% larger.

THAT is what the City wants.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Council members want to sole authority to grant waivers.

That deal making is what it is about.

Anonymous
1 month ago

As it relates to projects around metrorail/mover, won’t the developers just submit their proposals through the county under the rapid transit zoning rules? It’s been reported on TNM that developers are increasingly going through the county instead of the city for projects around transit (a good thing!)

parkinghater
1 month ago

lowkey would love to see the county take some more power back.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The County controls transit, and look at the great strides they can overcome in the past ten years. LOL…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, thats exactly what will happen. The Miami Commissioners just voted themselves into being irrelevant

Anonymous
1 month ago

Go ask Jacksonville how auto-dependent downtowns work out