Miami’s new mayor, Tomas Regalado, will ask the city commission’s three sitting members next Thursday to delay implementation of Miami 21 by 60 to 90 days to accommodate at least one big development project.
Regalado told my colleague Charles Rabin today that a planned Publix in Little Havana cannot be built under the Miami 21 zoning code. He also said the new code still needs cleaning up.
But Miami 21 supporters fear Regalado’s move doesn’t portend much good for the new, urban-oriented “smart’ code, approved at the end of October following four years of intensive vetting and revision. Regalado was the lone vote against the measure, a cornerstone of former Mayor Manny Diaz’ administration, and is clearly no fan of Miami 21.
City planners have been working to implement the code, which was to go into effect in February, but word is developers and their lawyers continue efforts to alter the code, which is designed to tame the overscaled development that has plagued the city for years.
Now Regalado – who sharply criticized Diaz’ penchant for big projects and receptiveness to developers -- is in charge. And several other developers also appear to be trying to get big projects in before Miami 21 goes into effect, some insiders say.
Don’t know yet what new Commission Chair Marc Sarnoff thinks yet. Sarnoff, the only surviving member of the commission that approved Miami 21, was a strong supporter of the measure.