On May 11, 2016, at the request of Commissioner Arriola, the City Commission directed the City Attorney to draft an ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium on the issuance of demolition permits in the North Beach area (Item R9O). On July 13, 2016, the City Commission approved the ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium for the demolition of any ‘Contributing’ structure within the following areas of the North Beach Master Plan study area:
- The “North Shore National Register District:” Generally bounded by 73rd Street to the south, Dickens Avenue, Hawthorne Avenue and Crespi Boulevard to the west, 87th Street to the north, and Collins Court to the east.
- The “Normandy Isles National Register District:” Generally bounded by Biscayne Bay to the south, Ray Street, Rue Notre Dame and Rue Versailles to the west, Normandy Shores Golf Course to the north, and the western bulkhead of Indian Creek to the east.
As approved, the moratorium remained in effect for one hundred and eighty (180) days from the effective date of July 13, 2016, and expired on January 13, 2017.
At a special meeting on December 9, 2016, the City Commission directed the City Attorney to draft an ordinance extending the existing demolition moratorium to the area of Tatum Waterway. The moratorium for Tatum Waterway is scheduled for Second Reading / Adoption on February 8, 2017, and is retroactive to January 11, 2017.
The proposed moratorium is an extension of the previous moratorium, and would apply to the demolition of any “Contributing” structure within the areas identified for inclusion in the proposed North Beach National Register Conservation Districts. Generally, this includes the areas of the North Shore and Normandy Isles National Register Districts that were not included within the proposed boundaries of the local historic districts.
The moratorium would not apply to applications that have received a Land Use Board Order or a building permit for demolition prior to February 8, 2017, which is the applicable date of the existing moratorium. It would also not apply to an unsafe structure board order or a lawful order of the Building Official.
As proposed, the moratorium would remain in effect for one hundred eighty (180) days from effective date, unless earlier rescinded, repealed or extended by an Ordinance or Resolution of the City Commission. Within ninety (90) days from the effective date hereof, City staff shall provide an interim report to the City Commission as to the progress being made in the preparation of the Master Plan and any associated ordinances.
The ordinance is proposed to be effective, RETROACTIVE, to February 8, 2017.