We are delighted you’ve chosen to participate in the process of updating the City’s zoning regulations.
- Comprehensive Plan – a blueprint of the community and its land-use vision.
- Land Development Regulations (“LDRs”) – most of the rules (zoning code) which carry out that vision
The Comprehensive Plans and LDRs must be dynamic so that a community can evaluate, update and change them from time-to-time to capture changing needs or desires. As such, the City is updating its LDRs in the next few months, using a working team of staff, citizens, and businesses.
Success hinges on your participation!
Your contribution to the LDR process is absolutely needed.
We want you to participate in creating a better community for you, and a quality legacy for future generations of North Miami.
Shaping the future of your community is a big task, so it would be understandable if you weren’t sure where to begin. For your consideration, we suggest the following topics to help you begin thinking about how you can contribute to the conversation.
How should future developments look (size and architecture)?
What are the best alternatives to provide adequate bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities?
Parks & Public Spaces
How can we better achieve a “sense of place” (parks, plazas, walking paths, civic and cultural activities and amenities) by encouraging sustainable developments that are in harmony with the environment?
Can new development occur adjacent to established neighborhoods without creating adverse impacts?
How can we improve upon road circulation and parking?
Florida law requires every city and county to adopt and maintain a comprehensive plan. The range of urban activities and how they interact through assigned land use categories are core concerns of the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is the blueprint for resource management and protection, and future growth and development. The Plan is a tool for the community to better harmonize activities and land uses to minimize conflict – also known as “compatibility”. Such land use decisions also must balance the desires of individual property owners with the broader needs of the entire community.
The Comprehensive Plan is legally binding, so current and future development must be consistent with the Plan’s guidelines and standards. It also determines the location, proximity and amount of land suitable for residences, commercial and social activities, public spaces and parks; how natural resources are managed and protected; how people travel safely and efficiently; and the type and amount of infrastructure (for example drinking water and wastewater, roads, lighting and sidewalks).
“Land development regulations” are one of the important tools used to carry out the Comprehensive Plan’s vision. In its broadest sense this technical term can be anything governing, or regulating, how land is used. Land Development Regulations (“LDRs”), as used in this project, are mostly focused on (but not limited to) zoning. These provide the details of how land is to be used with reasonable parameters and to achieve a more beautiful, safe, and storm-resilient community. Examples include the distance a building may be setback from a street, space between adjacent structures, building height, signage, the amount of required parking, desired landscaping, access for pedestrians and bicycles, and how natural resources will be managed and protected.
In June, 2016, the City updated its Comprehensive Plan in response to state law changes (2011 Community Planning Act). The revised Comprehensive Plan also reflects changes in local conditions considering the community’s renewed focus on redeveloping Downtown and major corridors following the recent economic downturn, and the growing demands for new housing, employment, transportation, entertainment, food, health and other community needs. However, the LDRs were adopted in 2009 (Chapter 29, North Miami Code of Ordinances), and consistent with state laws, the City is required to update its LDRs within a year of updating the Comprehensive Plan.
Examples of Some Changes In Need of Consideration
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Development Standards for New Overlay Districts and Land Use Designations
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The Department Leading This Project
North Miami’s Community Planning and Development Department directs and coordinates urban growth, development and redevelopment programs which are critical to all sectors and interests.
Nixon LeBrun, AICP
City Planner for North Miami
Debbie Love, AICP
Director of Planning, Public Relations & Outreach
For Information Contact:
Monday – Friday 8 :00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Project Manager Nixon Lebrun
Address North Miami City Administration
Location 776 NE 125 Street | North Miami, FL 33161