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Competitive Bid Reports - C2  A


TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager 
DATE:June  5, 2019



Approve the issuance of the RFQ.


The City’s current land development regulations are prescriptive in nature and generally difficult to read and clearly understand. The regulations contain complex and often overlapping criteria for permitted and conditional uses, development regulations and overlay districts. The regulations generally do not sufficiently address how a building is oriented on a site, impacts surrounding sites, or affects the pedestrian environment and public realm. Over the last few decades, this has created the need for lengthy and complicated negotiations between City staff and developers in order to achieve sound planning and development practices. The regulations, which were adopted in 1989, have not be reviewed and updated, but they have been amended in a frequent and piecemeal manner over the last 30 years.

A form-based style resiliency code, tailored specifically to Miami Beach, would simplify permitted and conditional use requirements, focusing on building orientation, scale, context, and building frontages. The final form of development practices that are currently being negotiated with developers would become part of the code. This would provide City staff, developers and the community with clear and consistent rules and regulations to which new development must conform.

Additionally, the manner in which permitted and conditional uses are set forth would be simplified, thus allowing a property owner, resident, prospective buyer or developer to quickly decipher what types of uses are permitted on a site. A simplified use table will not affect any of the regulations and limitations that have been implemented over time in order to protect the quality of life of specific neighborhoods. All existing regulations, requirements and special restrictions on certain uses would be transferred to the body of the new code. The proposed code would also work in conjunction with existing Historic Preservation regulations in order to ensure that new construction is compatible with historic districts and sites.

The adoption of a form-based style resiliency codewill enable the City to formulate a strategic plan that will continue to promote and protect the historic character of the distinct neighborhoods, while identifying areas for sustainable growth and development. Developers will have a clear understanding of the areas that are available for growth and will be able to focus their resources on projects that can succeed. The predictability that comes from this knowledge will encourage residential and commercial investment that will benefit both the City and its residents.

By means of this RFQ, the City seeks to contract with a consultant who would be tasked with performing the analysis and drafting of the code, as well as facilitating appropriate community outreach. The Administration would assist as needed in order to reduce costs, and would provide the institutional knowledge needed to properly convert the existing, prescriptive based land development regulations, into a form-based style resiliency code. The pertinent areas of the RFQ include the following sections.

SPECIFICATIONS. Please Reference, Appendix C, Page 21, RFQ 2019-209-ND for Resiliency Code Consultant Services (attached).

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS. Please Reference Section 0300, Page 10, RFQ 2019-209-ND for Resiliency Code Consultant Services (attached).

CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION. Please Reference Section 0400, Page 13, RFQ 2019-209-ND for Resiliency Code Consultant Services (attached).


The City Manager recommends that the Mayor and Commission authorize the issuance of the RFQ 2019-209-ND for Resiliency Code Consultant Services.

Enhance External And Internal Communication From And Within The City


Award of this project is contingent upon funding to be approved through the City's budgeting process.  We have brought this item up at this point so that in the event funds are budgeted  in the FY 2020 budget, the consultant can begin work in earnest.
Legislative Tracking

Draft RFQ