Does the city side with developers?
|The passive aggressive way|
to deal with potholes.
I told you about that 311 app that I use to report potholes. It actually works well, I've used it a few times and they do the job. I have also used the app to file zoning complaints and they play games.
I reported a property where a house is going up in my neighborhood where the place is surrounded by ads for the developer. This is illegal. I took photos and on the app sent photos and the address of the place. I got an email back asking for more info.
The report is supposed to be confidential yet, they had my email address and secondly, what else do you need other than the address and photos?
I called after that and I emailed them, but received no results. The silence from Miami's Planning & Zoning Department says a lot.
Not too long ago, people had to keep calling for the same issue on the other end of town, where the same thing was happening - signs all over the development property. The city finally got around to making the developer take down the illegal signs after so many complaints. They claim to be short staffed, so this could be the reason for slow responses.
Megan Cross Schmitt, the Preservation Officer at the city's Planning & Zoning Dept. says, "I have spoken with many of the people about a growing desire to establish more protection for Coconut Grove’s historic resources. This office, as well as the Planning and Zoning Department, are available to work with all interested parties to explore how this can be achieved using tools that we already have available to us, such as Chapter 23 of the City Code. We are also available to gather input regarding how the existing NCD-3 overlay language might be revised to better address historic preservation. This department is already in the process of reviewing the entire NCD-3 section so it is a good time to provide feedback."
A recent bright spot on Brickell is that the City's Preservation Board saved the Babylon Apartments, one of the first buildings on Brickell done by Arquitectonica. The demolition permit was denied. That has such a nice sound to it. Denied!
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