OUR VILLAGE, OUR VOICE
Council passes Comprehensive Plan 3-2
On Monday, September 11, the Council voted 3-2 to pass the Comprehensive Plan ordinance. The version passed reinstated the commerical designations (restricted and general) on the 2nd Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard corridors and removed the controversial mixed-use concept. Additionally, the plan reinstates the Multifamily designation at 10500 Biscayne Boulevard. Under the plan, the vacant parcel owned by Barry in the northwest corner of the Village is designated "Community Neighborhood" and has a density of 13 units per acre to accomodate a townhome development as proposed by Barry and Lennar. The plan also reduces the density of future multifamily development to 20 units per acre.
Yes votes: Mayor Burch, Vice Mayor Valinsky, Councilperson Charles
No votes: Harris, Marinberg
Planning and Zoning Board to review newly revised proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment
On July 27th, the revised Comprehensive Plan amendment will make a stop before the Planning and Zoning Board before heading to the Council for the final vote likely in September.
The revised amendment removes many of the controversial components from the previous version of the amendment, including the mixed uses (and associated drastic density increases) along 2nd Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard. Additionally, in response to a revised proposal from Barry University and Lennar, the revised amendment provides for a residential density of 13 units per acre at Barry owned property, to provide for development of several hundred townhomes, as proposed by Lennar.
Following election, majority of Village council now opposed to proposed comprehensive plan
"The three new councilmembers were endorsed by local volunteer organization Miami Shores United (MSU), formed by residents who led a petition against the controversial comprehensive plan, which would increase density in certain areas of the village. Burch, Valinsky and Charles have all vehemently opposed the plan." -- Samantha Morell, Biscayne Times.
Gov. DeSantis signs SB 102 into law
On Wednesday, March 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 102, also known as the “Live Local Act,” into law. The law is an attempt to make housing more affordable in Florida. Among the many components of the law is a preemption of local government regulations on land use designation, density and building heights in certain circumstances.
There is a lot of discussion about how this would affect MSV so MSVPlan has reviewed and broken down the law as it would apply to Miami Shores.
NEWS: DEO returns comments on Comp Plan
On March 20th DEO returned comments on the Comp Plan Amendment as it was transmitted in early January. In the letter and accompanying agency comment letters FDOT remarks at the deficiency in traffic analysis as required by Florida Law (starting on page 11). As of the date of the letter, the amendment version transmitted in February remains under review by DEO.
ABOUT THE ISSUE
On February 21st, 2023 the Miami Shores Village Council dismissed overwhelming public opposition to the comprehensive plan amendment, including a petition with over 1500 signatures to date, and voted 3-2 to approve a comprehensive plan amendment that permits the addition of 1,246 residential units (32% increase in total residential units) in the form of mixed-use and multi-family dwelling units.
The law requires several more steps to be completed before the Comprehensive Plan is officially amended, and on a timeline that has several variables. Fortunately, Miami Shores residents will elect 3 new Council members on April 11th, 2023.
The voice of this Village has been clear over the last several months, and the election will be our opportunity to elect council members who will represent our interests and OUR VOICE.
We are calling on all residents to REGISTER to Vote, get EDUCATED on the candidates, make a PLAN, and VOTE.