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Monday, April 18, 2016

Village Council meeting is Wednesday

The Village Council meets on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 pm at the Glass House in Peacock Park. Everyone is welcome.

On the agenda:

I.   Call to Order

II. Pledge of Allegiance 

III. Housekeeping
Roll Call:   Present:
Approval of Previous Minutes  
Additions to Agenda:   

Treasury & Budget Update:  
Balance as of 3/31/2016 $ 1,490.82

IV. Discussion Items

Grove 2030 forum’s (Self Governance & Housing)

NCD 2 & NCD 3

V. Project/Topic Updates

Trolley Barn (CHI)
Main Hwy/Bayshore

VI. Miscellaneous Discussions:

VII. Adjournment

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Blogger Your Neighbor said...

These subdivisions: 4384 Ingraham Hwy., 4200 Grove St., and 3737 Justison Rd. in the South Grove neighborhood conservation district (NCD-3 A.3) appear to be completely against the spirit and the letter of the current zoning code:
Appendix A-3 page 17 "3.6 Single-Family Residential District The single family residential district is intended to protect the low density residential and dominant tree canopy characteristics of Coconut Grove and prevent the intrusion of additional density, uses, and height. All T3, Single-Family Residential zoning regulations shall apply within the Coconut Grove NCD-3 Single-Family Residential District, hereafter referred to as NCD-3, except as modified below. If any such requirements conflict, NCD-3 requirements shall apply. a. Adjacent lots or lots in the same subdivision under single ownership, or developed by a single builder or developer shall not employ the same, similar or duplicate architectural plans. Adjacent buildings under such conditions shall be substantially differentiated in massing, footprint, and exterior detailing."

Appendix A-3 page 18 "g. Additional Limitations and requirements. 1. Lots and building sites: Wherever an existing single-family residence or lawful accessory building(s) or structure(s) is located on one or more platted lots or portions thereof, such lots shall thereafter constitute only one building site and no permit shall be issued for the construction of more than one single-family residence except by Warrant. Such structures shall include but not be limited to swimming pools, tennis courts, walls, and fences or other at grade or above ground improvements. No building sites in existence prior to September 24, 2005 shall be diminished in size except by Warrant, subject to the criteria specified in Article 4, Table 12 Design Review Criteria."

There are several problems with the above cited sub-divisions:
Each of these subdivisions increases the density of development, overburdening a delicate infrastructure which dates to the late 19th and early 20th century.
Each of the three subdivisions have extremely similar appearances they use the same, similar or duplicate architectural plans.
Each of the subdivisions resulted from existing single-family residence structure(s) located on one or more platted lots or portions thereof that were permitted for the construction of more than one single-family residence without the issuance of a Warrant. Such warrants are required to be published on the Planning and Zoning web site within 5 days of final approval.
There was no notification of adjacent property owners that the lots would be sub-divided;such notification is required by chapter 7 of Miami 21 zoning code.

When we went to the assistant city attorney, we were told that no warrants had been issued for any of these properties, thus there has been no notification, no hearings no input or appeal opportunity. They have been in the works for some time but construction did not begin until after the first of the year.

April 19, 2016 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Neighbor : I agree and I could have not stated it better.!!!!!!!!!!

April 19, 2016 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Respectfully, neighbor is well informed, however, being informed will not stop this illegal development. NOTE that the Ass't City Attorney easily side-stepped all the issues by stating "No warrants had been issued". Who's signature is approving all of these illegal projects? Last night on nation wide news a story by four Washington Post investigative reporters. The story lasted about 15 minutes describing how many people were killed annually for four years by all U.S. police officers. The figure shocked folks, namely the F.B.I.! The investigation took 4 years and cost millions. Needless to state, our Grove is unique and some folks are literally salivating at the prospect of gentrification and resulting profits of a billion or so. Permitted, warrants, back room deals, money changing hands and there goes the Grove as everyone sits around talking. It's your own fault for not taking the time and put a stop to this greed!?

April 20, 2016 9:06 AM  

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