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Monday, January 19, 2015

Exposing all those waivers

The Coconut Grove Village Council has added a "Waivers and Notifications" page to their website. You can now go on and see all of the waivers for various projects in the Village. It's quite interesting to read and there are quite a bunch of waivers.

Is this a good thing? I mean all these waivers? Does anyone stick to the law or zoning rules?

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone should have a waiver and I want one as well.

January 19, 2015 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer is that administrative waivers are common (Read: no public input). Especially when trying to fit a square building design into a triangle shaped property.

However, Sarnoff abuses this practice by allowing for well out of scale and intrusive development. That's where the money is. This is referred to as ”Spot Zoning”.

January 19, 2015 1:15 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Anon: 1:15 - Mentioning "Sarnoff" in every post is getting rather boring.

Example: Sarnoff is causing Mad Cow disease!

Seems a bit obsessive. Very odd.

January 19, 2015 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, study the term ”spot zoning”. It refers to the practice of administrative rules for allowing construction beyond the envelope the code allows. So if you wonder why a building looks bigger than those around it, or why it has so little green space, or no sidewalks, or even dangerous looking features its because at some point some inspector or administrator approve something that should have belong to a zoning change for at least a permit that requires public input.

Doesn't that sound important?

And Sarnoff turned this process into a corrupt affair. Well, it was already corrupt but he raised the level of corruption to higher levels. You should see the latest scam are ”foundation” permit specifically called phased permits which let's developers start construction even without a single plan submitted or inspection completed (totally unregulated).

January 19, 2015 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you notice the half dozen waivers for city construction? Either they can't follow their own rules or this waiver means we need to make changes to our design and zoning code.

January 19, 2015 6:48 PM  
Anonymous al crespo said...

Pay attention to how many folks on that list are land use lawyers who come before the City Commission almost every month on PZ issues, then wait until February 10th and see how many of them, and others on that list show up in Teresa "The Beard"Sarnoff's campaign reports.

January 19, 2015 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, just think about this: 10 waivers per month (minimum rate) over the 9 years of Sarnoff's reign equals 1,080 waivers just in Coconut Grove alone.

1,080 waivers on a 1,080 buildings in the Grove! Allowing thousands of developments in the Grove to exceed the envelope allowed in the building and zoning code. That alone can result in transforming Coconut Grove.

This is the heart of the complaint about Sarnoff's "creative destruction" of the Grove. Building by building, block by block the unique character and neighborhood fabric has been muddled and frayed.

Tony, this is the slow death that Sarnoff and cronies have encouraged. Death by a thousand paperclips.

January 20, 2015 7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Tony, you in his pocket too?

Sarnoff rezones or gives waivers to those on his team, and threatens those who are not, to get on board or be run out of town. Gestapo tactics - straight up.

January 20, 2015 10:52 AM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Too bad you are Anonymous.

So far, only me and Al Crespo have anything useful to say.

January 20, 2015 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony there are few anons posting. The @10:52 guy is a flamer. Maybe to discredit the other posts...

January 20, 2015 7:17 PM  

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