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COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Alina T. Hudak, City Manager 
DATE:October  13, 2021
 

First Reading

SUBJECT:

CHAPTER 106 - SPACE REMOVAL FEES FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE CODE OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, BY AMENDING CHAPTER 106, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC AND VEHICLES," BY AMENDING ARTICLE II, ENTITLED "METERED PARKING," BY AMENDING DIVISION 1, ENTITLED "GENERALLY" BY AMENDING SECTION 106-55, ENTITLED "PARKING RATES, FEES, AND PENALTIES; EXCEPTIONS," TO AMEND THE FEE FOR THE PERMANENT REMOVAL OF ON-STREET PARKING SPACES WHEN SUCH REMOVAL IS ASSOCIATED WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT; AND PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, REPEALER, SEVERABILITY, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.


RECOMMENDATION

The Administration recommends that the City Commission approve the subject Ordinance at First Reading and schedule a Second Reading / Public Hearing for October 27, 2021.

BACKGROUND/HISTORY

HISTORY
On June 23, 2021, at the request of Commissioner Michael Gongora, the City Commission referred a discussion item to the Land Use and Sustainability Committee (LUSC) pertaining to an amendment to Chapter 106 of the City Code to provide for a limited waiver of the permanent removal fee for on-street parking spaces for affordable housing development (C4F). On September 14, 2021 the LUSC endorsed the recommendation of the Administration and recommended that the City Commission approve an amendment to Chapter 106 of the City Code to allow for the limited removal of on street parking spaces without paying a one-time fee, for affordable housing projects.

BACKGROUND
The Parking Department operates as an enterprise fund and the revenue collected is necessary to build and maintain parking facilities, as well as to sustain operations. Furthermore, parking revenues are critical to the Department’s credit ratings and are pledged as collateral for parking bonds.

Whenever an on-street parking space is proposed to be removed, for example in order to provide driveway access (curb cut) to private property, the payment of a one-time fee of $40,000 per removed space, is required. The parking revenue loss due to the removal of these on-street spaces is offset by this one-time fee.

ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS
The proposed amendment would provide for a limited waiver of the permanent space removal fee for on-street parking spaces when such removal is requested in connection with affordable housing development. These projects are most often located in residential areas, which are not metered. Additionally, the number of requests for the removal of on-street parking spaces to accommodate driveway access to an affordable housing project is not expected to be significant, both now and in the foreseeable future.

Typically, only 1 to 2 on street spaces are required to be removed for a development project, and over the last few years we have only seen a few affordable housing projects. The $40,000 per removed space fee is a fairly large sum for a small affordable housing project, such as the ones that were recently approved on Normandy Isle. Further, the loss of the limited number of on street spaces is mitigated 10 times over by the inclusion of parking spaces on the property.

As part of the Ordinance amendment to Chapter 106, the Administration recommended the following, which was endorsed by the LUSC:

• Housing for low and/or moderate income non-elderly and elderly persons pursuant to the requirements of chapter 58 of the City Code and certified by the Housing and Community Services Department, shall be exempt from paying the one-time fee for the removal of up to two parking spaces.

• If more than 2 parking spaces are proposed to be removed, the City Commission by Resolution, may waive the one-time removal fee for up to 5 parking spaces.

The attached draft Ordinance incorporates both of these provisions.

SUPPORTING SURVEY DATA

Increase Affordable Housing Citywide

CONCLUSION

The Administration recommends that the City Commission approve the subject Ordinance at First Reading and schedule a Second Reading / Public Hearing for October 27, 2021.

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 
Legislative Tracking
Planning
Sponsor
Commissioner Michael Gongora

ATTACHMENTS:
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