- by Brian Bandell
The staff of the South Florida Regional Planning Council recommended that its board raise several objections to Miami's plan to eliminate the zoning protections for the marine industry along the Miami River.
In a document to be presented before its board on June 2, SFRPC staff recommended three elements of the city's comprehensive plan amendment be found inconsistent with state planning laws. If the board agrees, that opinion will go on to the state, which must ultimately OK the changes.
Miami commissioners had voted to strip the word "port" from the title of the Miami River's comprehensive plan. Lost with it would be guidelines for protecting marine industries such as boat building and service and shipping. Instead, Miami commissioners voted to increase the density of residential, mixed-use development.
Last year, appeals court cases overturned the city's approval of three condo projects on the Miami River because they violated the protections for marine industries in its comprehensive plan. [Read more...]