As the Planning Department proved, our city is zoned for an astonishing eight times more density in housing units than were counted in the 2010 census. That’s before any other up-zonings or Special Area Plans. This zoning is not sustainable.
We need to eliminate excessive up-zoning. A good place to begin is by ending the up-zoning allowed by Special Area Plan (SAP) regulations. Traditional single-family and duplex neighborhoods (T3) should be considered sacred ground and protected from encroachment by commercial development or high-rises on their perimeter.
The City of Miami needs to end the “giving the applicants whatever they want” mentality as it is today. Only extraordinary circumstances or legitimate external hardships justify granting any zoning increases.
Jim Fried says that Miami should not up-zone unless a convincing hardship can be proven.