Zoning Code Re-Write Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning Simplify, Rationalize, and Modernize Goal The Zoning Code Re-Write Project aims to: Chapter 33 of the Miami-Dade County Code To become User-Friendly to the general public.
Department of Planning and Zoning
To group like similar districts by density, intensity and
• Urban•Rural • Special
To create new/modified districts based on theCDMP.
To retain Zoning Hearing Procedures without substantial changes.
To rely more onTablesandGraphicsrather than text.
To useFlow Chartsto explain the zoning process.
To blend the guidelines from theUrban Design Manual.
To incorporate Director’s Opinions and Zoning Classification Manual (complete list of uses).
To evaluate placing the new Zoning CodeOnline.Objectives
replaced by RU-1M(a) and RU-1M(b)
continue Planned Area Development.
ECO – Natural Ecology District
“New Urbanism” concepts are being incorporated into many of the zoning district revisions which will have the effect of deterring urban sprawl, encouraging a more compact development pattern, reducing trip length and facilitating multi-purpose trips. These proposals would concentrate development in activity nodes at intersections of major roads and at transit
stations as outlined in the Comprehensive Development Master Plan. These centers would combine mixed uses-retail, office and residential uses in the same building. Buildings would be closer to the street, parking lots would be placed to the side or behind the buildings. These pedestrian-friendly centers would feature landscaped pedestrian plazas and a high quality of urban design.
Neighborhood Business Node
The NBN – Neighborhood Business Node will serve the limited retail and personal service needs of the immediate area within walking distance. The maximum site and building size are limited to assure compatibility with the neighborhood and minimize the generation of non-local traffic.
Maximum site size:
1 Acre (Maximum)
Neighborhood Business Node (cont’d)
Proposed IU-M District
If land is outside UDB and no trend of development has been established, DP&Z now, upon request and providing all other requirements are met, will trend the land to AU if shown as Agricultural on CDMP. (not EU-2).
Applications for subdivision plats, re-plats (5 lot minimum), rezoning, development permits or administrative site plan review on or after (effective date of ordinance) shall follow these urban design standards to the extent possible.
Attached garages and carports shall not comprise more than 50% of the home’s front elevation.
Front porches may encroach a maximum of 7’ into the front
setback; roofs of such front porches may encroach another 2’ but not within 6’ of the front property line. Front porches shall have a minimum depth of 6’ and shall comprise a minimum of 30% of the width of a home’s front elevation (not including any garage) or 12’, whichever is larger.
[Existing front setback regulations: 15 feet for 50% of the lineal footage of the width of the house and 25 feet for the balance; except 20 foot setback for attached garage.]
Urban Design Standards for all zoning districts except AU, CON, ECO, EU, GF, GP, GU, IU, PAD, TND and Urban Centers.
Common open space shall be in the form of greens, squares, parks or plazas as defined by the block system.
Urban Design Standards (cont’d)
The relationship between building heights and street widths shall create a pedestrian scale .
Building types shall be mixed in any one development
Land uses, such as residential, business, office and institutional, shall be mixed horizontally and vertically in any development, as provided in the CDMP.
Focal points, such as greens, squares, plazas, gazebos, monuments, fountains, statuary public buildings shall be incorporated in all new development and redevelopment to create neighborhood identity. These focal points shall be placed in prominent locations such as street intersections, or on properties ending street vistas.
All facades that face an adjacent street, park or open space shall be articulated with porches, bay windows and/or balconies.
Articulated facades. All facades that face an adjacent street, park or open space shall be articulated with porches, bay windows and/or balconies. Buildings should be oriented to have the front entrances facing the street, and ground floors should be punctuated with stopping places, entries for pedestrians and display windows; driveways and garage entrances should be located on side streets where feasible; visual contact and surveillance should be maintained between the inside of buildings and the adjacent public right-of-way space.
In the multifamily districts, OPD, RU-5, and BU Districts, the following additional elements shall be included:
(a) Fenestration, such as doors and windows shall be provided, facing the street and at least 30% of the ground floor level of the front principal façade(s) shall be constructed of transparent material. Reflective or mirrored-type glazing is prohibited.
(b) Wherever possible, a minimum of 80% of all off street surface parking shall be located in the side or rear yard of the property. All parked vehicles on surface parking lots shall be screened from view from abutting public rights-of-way, greens squares and plazas, excluding alleys. Screening may be provided by intervening buildings or architectural detailing such as ornamental grating or landscaping.
The design of all parking structures shall include ornamental grating, grillwork and/or louvers oriented to prevent the spillage of light from exterior openings, and to provide screening of all parked vehicles in the parking garage. When a parking garage is provided for a principal structure in the block, the design of the garage shall contain those architectural features that repeat the features in the principal structure.
Mechanical roof equipment, excluding vents and stairwell access, must be screened from any views by the use of architecturally compatible walls or screens.
Any exterior garbage receptacles, dumpsters, or open storage areas must be screened from view from abutting property and public rights-of-way with landscaping, or opaque material that is the same as, or similar to, the materials used on the nearest façade of the principal structure.
“Big Box” Retailers
and Shopping Centers