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 Item 1.
COMMITTEE MEMORANDUM

TO: Land Use and Development Committee

FROM: Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager

DATE: April 4, 2018
TITLE:

DISCUSSION REGARDING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO ESTABLISH MORE AGGRESSIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYEE TRANSPORTATION PLANS.

HISTORY:

Since 2012, the Transportation Element of the City’s 2025 Comprehensive Plan has included a policy on Transportation Demand Management (TDM) (Policy 6.2) to direct staff to educate and encourage the development community to implement TDM strategies to improve mobility, reduce the need for parking, and improve the efficiency of the City’s roadway network. 

                                                           

TDM is a term reserved for a program typically implemented by municipalities requiring employers and developers to provide amenities and strategies for employees to utilize alternative methods of transportation for commuting.

                                       

In February 2015, the City of Miami Beach conducted a Traffic Management Workshop where staff proffered formalizing the Employee Transportation Plan Strategy via ordinance. This strategy was endorsed by the Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee in April 2016.

 

Below is a chronology of pertinent meetings and a status update on a Citywide TDM Program:

 

In March 2017, the Transportation Department staff provided an update on its draft TDM ordinance to the Land Use and Development Committee (LUDC).  At the meeting, the Committee recommended that the Administration reach out to the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and present the plan to the Chamber for input.   Pursuant to the Committee’s direction, City staff briefed the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce on the concept.  The Chamber expressed some concerns regarding the impacts that some TDM strategies could have on businesses and private development in the City.  The Chamber also expressed interest in helping the City craft a TDM initiative with a more collaborative stakeholder process.

 

In April and May 2017, Transportation staff reached out to local South Florida municipalities, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS), and The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida to learn more about their TDM programs and regional TDM resources.  SFCS has worked with the cities of West Palm Beach and Boca Raton to initiate their TDM programs.  SFCS and CUTR expressed willingness to assist Miami Beach in its TDM efforts.

 

During the May 2017 LUDC meeting, Committee Members were briefed on regional TDM resources available through SFCS and CUTR to support communities initiating a TDM strategy.  The Committee was supportive of working with SFCS and suggested that the Transportation Department staff move forward in a partnership with stakeholders and report back in September 2017.

 

On July 13, 2017, the City of Miami Beach’s Transportation Department and SFCS facilitated an internal roundtable discussion with multiple City departments to gauge buy-in on a citywide TDM initiative.  The meeting was well-attended and well-received.  The attendees were engaged and actively participated throughout the meeting, identifying ideas they viewed as most important for a successful TDM Program within the City of Miami Beach.

 

On November 29, 2017, a joint meeting with key City of Miami Beach departments and community stakeholders was moderated by the Transportation Department, SFCS, and CUTR.  The objective of this meeting was to gain valuable feedback and discuss initial TDM goals in advance of a broader TDM workshop.  The session was well-attended by City Staff from multiple departments along with stakeholders, such as the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Mount Sinai, among others.  The participants helped to provide greater insight and discussed mobility and parking strategies that could be considered as part of a citywide TDM program.

 

On January 9, 2018, City staff, along with SFCS, presented for a second time to the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber was receptive to the revised approach taken by the City to engage stakeholders in the development of a TDM program.

 

On January 24, 2018, the City, SFCS, and CUTR hosted a second larger public workshop. Participants were from multiple city departments, the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, and a broad group of major stakeholders. Staff obtained many different perspectives on the Miami Beach TDM initiative, further identified potential ways to implement a citywide TDM program in Miami Beach, and began to prioritize specific mobility and parking strategies.  The results will facilitate a greater consensus about the specific strategies to include in a future Miami Beach TDM program.

Analysis

Transportation Department staff continues to engage key city departments, governmental agencies, and partnering entities in the development of a Citywide TDM Program targeting the City of Miami Beach employee work force as well as private businesses and private development in the City.

 

City Staff, assisted by SFCS and CUTR (both engaged at no cost to the City), are in the process of drafting a TDM Program which will include specific strategies and a prioritized work plan by timeframe.  The many valuable ideas and suggestions received during the stakeholder workshops are the foundation of a future TDM ordinance.  Once the ideas and concepts derived from the workshops are thoroughly vetted by the City, SFCS, and CUTR, the goal is to report back to the broader stakeholder group in April with a TDM Program framework for feedback.  Staff anticipates coming back to LUDC with a preliminary TDM Program for discussion and further input in May.

CONCLUSION:
City staff's, SFCS's and CUTR's commitment to a collaborative and consensus building process with key community stakeholders has been and continues to be an essential component to drafting a citywide TDM ordinance that will be supported by the stakeholder community.