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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Montessori school in North Grove not happening

Neighbors in the North Grove are cheering tonight. The Montessori school proposal was withdrawn tonight at the Planning and Zoning Board meeting by the school's owner, Joan Rodriguez . She said that the neighbors opposition was reason to withdraw her plan to put a school in a residential neighborhood. Most felt, or rather knew, that it was not going to happen. Too many big shots (and politicians) were not going to allow it.

She may decide to place the school elsewhere in the future. Hopefully in a properly zoned area, you know, somewhere where schools are permitted.


If only all things went this well. It would have made the
Home Depot fight years ago so much easier. At the same meeting tonight, Midtown neighbors were fighting a Wal-Mart intrusion. Most neighbors don't want that, the only ones seemed to be a few elderly folks who thought it would be a convenience, so they were willing to sell their neighbors out for that. Hopefully Wal-Mart will not get special zoning and ruin the new Midtown/Wynwood area. It doesn't belong there.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom

Pla Remember this was always permitted use

July 20, 2012 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not true. Was not a "permitted" use. That means all you have to do is go down to the building department and pull a permit. The NCD-3 zoning overlay requires a "special exception," which means a public hearing must take place and the applicant has to show why an exception is valid.

The public is given a chance to give their input about how the "special exception" will impact their neighborhood.

The process was moving forward as dictated by City of Miami zoning law. The applicant had not submitted enough documentation for the City Planning Department to make a determination about the validity of the request, or for those opposing homeowners and homeowner associations to review the documentation.

According to the news, the applicant didn't want to continue spending money on the effort, which would likely have gone on for several more months.

As with any change in land use, it's a process that can take time as both sides are given an opportunity to weigh in. You see this situation every day, from Home Depot to Walmart.

The law worked as it should.

July 20, 2012 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with Anon above. It must also be said that the use of that land would have negatively affected air quality. ALL of the Grove would have felt that environmental effect. More idling engines from all of the vehicles in that area would have meant more pollution. I can't imagine why anyone would want that.

July 20, 2012 8:46 PM  

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