‘Mostly Masculine’ Miami 21 Zoning Code Will Be ‘Degenderized’

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk’s Miami 21 zoning code has been deemed too masculine by a Miami politician, and will be revised.

At a meeting last week, commissioners unanimously approved changes to code language to make it gender neutral.

Commissioner Ken Russell sponsored the legislation after his staff informed him of the law’s wording.

The form-based zoning code was passed by Miami’s commission in 2009.

 

WHEREAS, the Code of the City of Miami, as amended (“City Code”), and Ordinance No. 13114, the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Miami, Florida, as amended (“Miami 21 Code”), currently contain mostly masculine pronouns; and

WHEREAS, all genders are created equal; and

WHEREAS, amending the City Code and the Miami 21 Code to include gender-neutral pronouns by eliminating any gender preference language within the City Code and the Miami 21 Code will promote equality;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF

MIAMI, FLORIDA:

Section 1. The recitals and findings contained in the Preamble to this Ordinance are adopted by reference and incorporated as if fully set forth in this Section.

Section 2. The pronouns throughout the City Code and the Miami 21 Code are amended to promote gender-neutral pronouns.

Section 3. Subject to final approval by the City Attorney, The Municipal Code Corporation has authority to degenderize the City Code and update pronouns when appropriate and also includes the updating of future ordinances by making changes such as the following:

a. Changing the term “he” to “he/she”;
b. Changing the term “she” to “he/she”;
c. Changing the term “his” to “his/her”;
d. Changing the term “her” to “his/her”;
e. Changing the term “him” to “him/her”;
f. Changing the term “himself” to “himself/herself”;
g. Changing the term “herself” to “himself/herself”;
h. Changing the term “policeman” to “police officer”;
i. Changing the term “policewoman to “police officer”;
j. Changing the term “policemen” to “police officers”’;
k. Changing the term “policewomen” to “police officers”;
l. Changing the term “workman” to “worker”;
m. Changing the term “workmen” to “workers”;
n. Changing the term “fireman” to “firefighter”;
o. Changing the term “firemen” to “firefighters”;
p. Changing the term “man or woman” to “person”; and
q. Changing the term “men or women” to “persons”.

Section 4. The City Manager is directed to degenderize the Miami 21 Code and update pronouns when appropriate and further directed to update future amendments to the Miami 21 Code by making changes such as the following:

a. Changing the term “he” to “he/she”;
b. Changing the term “she” to “he/she”;
c. Changing the term “his” to “his/her”;
d. Changing the term “her” to “his/her”;
e. Changing the term “him” to “him/her”;
f. Changing the term “himself” to “himself/herself”;
g. Changing the term “herself” to “himself/herself”;
h. Changing the term “policeman” to “police officer”;
i. Changing the term “policewoman to “police officer”;
j. Changing the term “policemen” to “police officers”’;
k Changing the term “policewomen” to “police officers”;
l. Changing the term “workman” to “worker”;
m. Changing the term “workmen” to “workers”;
n. Changing the term “fireman” to “firefighter”;
o. Changing the term “firemen” to “firefighters”;
p. Changing the term “man or woman” to “person”; and
q. Changing the term “men or women” to “persons”.

Section 5. This Ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after the final reading and adoption thereof.

 

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