Item Coversheet

City of Miami Beach, 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139,

 Item 5

TO: Land Use and Sustainability Committee

FROM: Alina T. Hudak, City Manager

DATE: July 7, 2022


On May 4, 2022, the City Commission referred the subject Ordinance to the Land Use and Sustainability Committee (LUSC) and the Planning Board (C4W). The sponsor of the proposal is Commissioner Ricky Arriola.

On June 6, 2022 the item was discussed and continued to the July 7, 2022 LUSC meeting.

In 2019, at the recommendation of the Matrix Group, the City Commission directed the Administration to issue an RFP for a new Resiliency Code. The drafting of this code, using a form-based approach, would also be a long-needed update of our current Land Development Regulations (LDR’s), which have not been holistically evaluated since adoption in 1989.

As previously directed by the City Commission, the Administration negotiated a scope of services with the top ranked firm, Perkins and Will, and the contract was executed in 2020. The consultant began work on the revised code, which included a full review of the Land Development Regulations (LDR’s). The consultants were also tasked with assessing potential impacts of flooding, climate change and sea level rise city-wide and to recommend mitigation strategies within the updated LDR’s as part of the new Resiliency Code.



The consulting team commenced the code update process by engaging in substantive scenario planning with City staff. This included an analysis of future trends, projected impacts of climate change and sea level rise, as well as other factors such as population growth, transportation and mobility, hazard mitigation and the preservation and protection of cultural and architectural resources. This scenario planning has resulted in an ideal framework for the recommendations that will be included as part of the draft of the Resiliency Code.

In 2021, City staff organized a number of focus group workshops involving stakeholders from a wide variety of interests and disciplines, including residents, developers, property owners, attorneys, design professionals and neighborhood groups. Because of the size of the workshops, multiple meetings were held, primarily using virtual platforms, due to the pandemic. Attached is a summary of these workshops and focus group meetings.

The Planning Department conducted Community Workshops with the Planning Board on June 3, 2022 and June 17, 2022. These workshops provided an opportunity for additional community-based input and comments. Attached is a copy of the cover memo provided to the Planning Board for the June 17, 2022 workshop, which summarizes the updates and changes proposed to date. It is anticipated that the Planning Board will transmit the document, in its entirety, to the City Commission, with a recommendation, on July 26, 2022.

The Administration is planning on presenting the proposed Resiliency Code and updated LDRs to the City Commission for First Reading on September 14, 2022. If approved at First Reading, Second Reading / Adoption would be set for the October 26, 2022.


The Administration recommends that the Land Use and Sustainability Committee discuss and endorse the proposal and recommend that the Planning Board transmit the Ordinance to the City Commission with a favorable recommendation.

Applicable Area

South Beach
Is this a "Residents Right to Know" item, pursuant to City Code Section 2-14? Does this item utilize G.O. Bond Funds?
Yes No 


June 17 PB Cover MemoMemo
Meeting SummaryMemo