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COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Raul J. Aguila, Interim City Manager 
DATE:February  10, 2021
 

First Reading

SUBJECT:AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 14, "ENTITLED "BUILDING REGULATIONS," DIVISION 2, "PERMIT FEES," AT SECTION 14-61, ENTITLED “PERMITTING FEES, GENERALLY” TO TEMPORARILY WAIVE PERMIT FEES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS ON PRIVATE PROPERTIES UNTIL MARCH 31, 2023; AMENDING APPENDIX A, “FEE SCHEDULE,” TO REFLECT ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION PERMIT FEE WAIVERS; AND PROVIDING FOR REPEALER, SEVERABILITY, CODIFICATION, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

RECOMMENDATION

The Administration recommends that the Mayor and City Commission approve the Ordinance on First Reading.

BACKGROUND/HISTORY

On October 27, 2020, the Sustainability Committee passed a motion recommending that the City Commission waive or reduce the permitting fees for a period of two years for the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to incentivize and facilitate emission-free driving in Miami Beach.

 

At the City Commission meeting on November 18, 2020, the Mayor and City Commission referred this discussion to the Land Use and Sustainability Committee (LUSC). The item was sponsored by Commissioner Mark Samuelian and co-sponsored by Commissioner Michael Gongora.

 

At the December 15, 2020 LUSC meeting, the Committee passed a motion with a favorable recommendation to adopt an ordinance waiving permitting fees for Building, Planning and Fire departments for EV charging stations projects on private property, for a period of two years. This would not apply to projects with exterior or underground transformers.

 

ANALYSIS

The availability of strategically placed charging stations throughout the City promotes the use of EVs, by making them convenient and readily available. Benefits to the City from increased EV use include improved air quality, quieter and more livable streets, and decreased dependency on fossil fuels. However, one of the inherent challenges for this technology to gain mainstream acceptance is analogous to the "chicken or the egg" conundrum. If EV charging stations are not readily available, the driving public is hesitant to invest in an EV due to "range anxiety", resulting in trips that are in close proximity to only known EV charging stations points. The expansion of EV charging stations is necessary in order to establish a network of stations that will allow this technology to flourish.

 

On January 13, 2016, the Mayor and City Commission approved the Electric Vehicle Parking Ordinance (Ordinance No. 2016-3988), to help expand the availability of EV parking. The Ordinance requires that at least two percent of the required off-street parking spaces be designated for level 2 EV parking. The City has agreements in place with Blink and Tesla to install EV charging stations in municipal garages, and currently has 13 stations installed. In addition, the Convention Center has close to 30 charging stations.  

 

The Sustainability Committee recommended that the Mayor and City Commission waive or reduce the permitting fees for a period of two years for the installation of EV charging stations in Miami Beach. Currently, the Building and Planning Departments waive building and zoning permitting fees for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to incentive solar installation projects.

 

The Building, Planning, Fire, and Environment & Sustainability Departments evaluated the recommendations from the Sustainability Committee. Analyzing 2020 data, there were seven building permit applications related to the installation of EV charging stations. These applications resulted in $5,841.55 in permitting fees. Therefore, the overall fiscal impact is anticipated to be minimal.

 

The attached Ordinance amends Section 14-61 of the City Code, under Chapter 14 “Entitled Building Regulations”, under Division 2 “permit fees”, waiving permitting fees for Building, Planning and Fire departments for EV charging stations projects on private property for a period of two years. The Ordinance does not apply for projects with exterior or underground transformers, as these projects could potentially require additional permitting reviews and inspections and/or variance and land use board review.

 

SUPPORTING SURVEY DATA

Less than half of Miami Beach residents are satisfied with the City efforts to be a green or sustainable city. 

CONCLUSION

The Administration recommends that the Mayor and City Commission approve the Ordinance on First Reading.

Applicable Area

Citywide
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 

Strategic Connection

Environment & Infrastructure - Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and heat.
Legislative Tracking
Environment and Sustainability
Sponsor
Commissioner Mark Samuelian and Co-sponsored by Commissioners Gongora & Steinberg

ATTACHMENTS:
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