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Monday, August 15, 2016

Waiver and warrants

The Sushi Maki restaurant requested a waiver to allow outdoor dining at 2546-2550 S. Bayshore Drive. They are asking for 13 tables with 36 seats on private property. Yes! In this case, a warrant/waiver is a good thing.

But as the other houses and tree situation, I checked a number of addresses with Quatisha Oguntoyinbo-Rashad, Chief, Environmental Resources from the city's Planning & Zoning Department. She sent me copies of the warrants and waivers asking that many trees be destroyed and also images of the postings on the properties. Even though the notices are up, people are not appealing.

Again, homes near the construction sites are sent notices and they are posted on the property. The City received no appeals. This is regarding all of these properties in the Grove. All over the Grove. So if you see something, say something, before the trees are cut. It seems that we notice the bare trees, but don't take time to notice the notices that are put up in advance of the destruction. I think if enough builders see how serious we are about trees in Coconut Grove, they may start accommodating rather than fighting the neighbors and their appeals, but you have to appeal if you want to make a difference. Complaining after the fact really does nothing, the fine is paid, the house is built. Now what?

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5 Comments:

Blogger John Snyder said...

Here is how to check Waivers and Warrants
Start at this link: http://www.miamigov.com/planning/
Move your cursor to the gold band in the center of page mouse over permits, click on notifications.
Scroll down the page to waivers they are on spreadsheets by year, go to 2016, click then scroll down to the end, these are the most current.
The column headings of interest are: net area (we are in S.W. Grove) use; and posting date (neighbors have 15 days after posting date to appeal).

Go back to the notifications page and Scroll further down the page to warrants click on the year and go to those spreadsheets, zoom in so you can read the table without eyestrain. The information at the top of the page indicates how to appeal.
Notice that there are no warrants for replats (subdivision) of lots, if you go back to other years you will see there has only been one such warrant in the last 6 years. Most of the warrants are for signs and outdoor dining.

To go back to the notifications page you close the warrants. There are zoning interpretations on this page which elucidate when you can have a bed & breakfast, the number of employees you can have working in your home based business etc.
The link is just under the Waivers.

August 15, 2016 8:33 AM  
Blogger James said...

Is the Sushi Maki already there? Or is it going in place of something else?

August 15, 2016 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the same address as Starbucks. Is Starbucks leaving? Or are they going to be in the same courtyard?

August 15, 2016 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sushi Maki is going in next to Starbucks and this is property that is leased from the City of Miami, not private property....

August 17, 2016 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the case of tree removal notices, unfortunately they tend to be posted in not so obvious places, often hard to see, which is why neighbors do not notice until the chains saws are revving up.

--TREE WATCH

August 18, 2016 4:41 PM  

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