LIST OF MAJOR AMENDMENTS TO ZONING CODE: City of Coral Gables

The following list is obtained from the memo sent to the Commission on September 9. The so-called major amendments are more than “updates” and appear to represent nontrivial changes in building, construction and design characteristic ofl areas within the City of Coral Gables.

The original list and other materials can be found at

https://coralgables.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4632977&GUID=B32FC916-83DE-4298-AC8D-D5230EECE6D7&Options=&Search=

Major Amendments:

  1. Required Open Space.
    •   Increasing required open space in Multi-family 2 and Multi-family 3 from 25% to30% by requiring 5% on upper floors facing the street
    •   Sections 2-100 & 6-105
  2. Mandatory setbacks.
    •   Mandating setbacks at ground level of 10 feet on Douglas and LeJeune, and 20 feeton US-1
    •   Section 4-206
  3. Mixed Use.
    •   Replacing Commercial Limited, Commercial, and Industrial with Mixed Use 1, 2,and 3
    •   Sections 2-200 & 2-201
  1. Permitted mixed use.
    •   Allowing a mix of uses including residential as-of-right for small- and medium-scaled sites
    •   Section 2-201
  2. Building heights.
    •   Providing maximum heights consistency between Zoning and Land Use
    •   Section 2-201
  3. Miracle Mile and Giralda Open Space.
    •   Exempting properties on Miracle Mile and Giralda from open space requirements
    •   Section 2-201
  4. Small mixed-use buildings open space.
    •   Reducing required open space of small mixed-use properties from 10% to 5%
    •   Section 2-201
  5. Downtown District Overlay.
    •   Clarifying the District Overlay and prohibiting parking to face Miracle Mile
    •   Section 2-402
  6. Design & Innovation District Overlay.
    •   Creating the Design & Innovation District Overlay and expanding parking exemption for ground floor showrooms/art galleries and all low-rise buildings
    •   Sections 2-406 & 10-110
  7. Multi-Family 3 (MF3) and Multi-family 4 (MF4).
    •   Separating MFSA into MF3 for low-rise and MF4 for high-rise buildings
    •   Sections 2-104 & 2-105
  8. Floor Area Ratio (FAR) in Multi-Family.
    •   Removing FAR limitations for multi-family to be regulated by height and density
    •   Sections 2-103; 2-104; 2-105
  9. MF3 townhouses.
    •   Allowing density bonus for MF3 of 25 du/ac with Mediterranean Bonus
    •   Section 2-104
  10. Small lot low-rise buildings.
    •   Providing parking exemptions for low-rise multi-family and mixed-use in CBD
    •   Section 10-110
  11. Setbacks in Mixed Use.
    •   Unifying setbacks of 0ft and stepbacks at 45ft for all mixed use
    •   Sections 2-200 & 2-201
  12. Miracle Mile.
    •   Incorporating mandatory shopfronts of 90% min, parking setback of 60ft, and build-to-line of 0ft
    •   Sections 2-201.D.9 & 4-206
  13. Parking minimums.
    •   Reducing parking minimums for multi-family to 1.5 spaces/2+ bedrooms;townhouses to 1 space/unit; offices to 1 space/ 500sf; and restaurants to 1/300sf
    •   Section 10-110
  14. Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs) in Industrial Section.
    •   Allowing Design & Innovation District to be a TDR receiving site area
    •   Section 14-204

18. Minor & Major approved site plan amendments.

  •   Improving and clarifying minor/major amendments to approved site plans
  •   Section 14-203.1219. Structure of Zoning Code

 Structuring and organizing the Zoning Code to allow for future amendments and

additions, such as new Sustainability article and Urban Design article

About Stephen E. McGaughey
Resident of the City of Coral Gables

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