On October 10th, 2017, the CCIM Miami-Dade-Monroe district hosted its CCIM Monthly Meeting at Graziano’s in the Gables.
The luncheon included many of Miami’s commercial real estate professionals. Also in attendance were attorneys, brokers, appraisers, architects, and zoning experts.
Felipe Azenha and Max Zabala, Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Gridics, gave the talk entitled, ‘Become a Zoning Expert’.
The beauty and uniqueness of a city is reflected by its development. Restaurants, concert halls, professional sport stadiums, universities, all give life to a city. Miami is an international city, going through an unprecedented redevelopment phase. Urban life is growing in Wynwood, high-rise condominiums are being completed in Brickell and waterfront luxury condos in Edgewater. Zoning is what controls these developments.
Zoning is a set of laws that restrict and define the type of land uses and development that can occur on each parcel of land. Zoning includes regulations governing lot size, building bulk, placement, and other development standards.
Zonar by Gridics is a proprietary zoning software that allows real estate professionals to understand the development potential of any site with a few clicks. It expedites the process by providing detailed feasibility reports. Currently the City of Miami is using Zonar for planning purposes, and processing development project reviews, which has helped reduce the process from 15 hours to 3 hours.
New Urbanism and Miami
With the evolution of the city of Miami, the Miami-21 Zoning Code has been updated to promote New Urbanism. This is “an approach to urban planning that integrates housing, workplaces, shopping, and recreation areas into compact, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use neighborhoods linked by transit, bikeways, and greenways. New urbanist development is characterized by buildings placed directly along relatively narrow streets, with parking and driveways located to the rear, complemented by pedestrian-oriented amenities such as front porches, retail, and sidewalk cafes.” (See www.miami21.org)
There are several key principles that guide New Urbanism:
- Walkability: Most things an individual needs should be within a 10 minute walk from home and/or work.
- Mixed-Use and Diversity: A mix of shops, offices, apartments and homes. Promote safer neighborhoods of diversity.
- Urban design: Emphasis on beautiful surroundings, aesthetics, and creating a sense of place.
- Smart Transportation: network of high-quality transit alternatives connecting cities, towns and neighborhoods.
- Sustainability: Minimal environmental impact of development and its operations.
Carlos Rodriguez Jr.