MIAMI RIVER COMMISSION
GREENWAY SUBCOMMITTEE AND QUALITY OF LIFE JOINT MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
Mar 21, 2005
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
The Miami River Commission’s (MRC) Greenways
Subcommittee met on
Discuss Draft “
Kevin Brown, City of
Brown stated he expected a revised draft “Miami River Greenway
Regulatory Design Standards” by
Patrick Hood-Daniel, City of Miami Planning Department, stated the draft
“Miami River Greenway Regulatory Design Standards” would replace the
Riverwalk component of the previously adopted “City of
Carvalho stated although the draft is generally consistent with the
existing Miami River Greenway Action Plan, which was unanimously
adopted by the City Commission in principle by resolution, and the
previously adopted “The City of Miami Baywalk / Riverwalk Design
Guides and Standard”, the draft “Miami River Greenway Regulatory
Design Standards” are designed to further codify the conceptual
principles. Mr. Bibeau, MRC
Managing Director, asked if the City Commission would consider adopting
the drafted “Miami River Regulatory Design Standards” by ordinance,
and Mr. Hood-Daniel stated it would most likely be adopted “in
concept,” then potentially referenced in the City of Miami’s
“Miami 21” rewrite of the zoning code, which is scheduled to
commence in April 2005. Mr.
Hood-Daniels stated the City of
Bibeau distributed copies of the Miami River Commission’s preliminary
comments on the draft “Miami River Greenway Regulatory Design
Standards” for discussion. Dr.
Martin asked if the City’s required 50-foot setback in the “
Carvalho stated in addition to extending the 50-foot setback provision
riverwide, the only MRC recommendation requiring further discussion is
comment 19, regarding requiring, rather than “encouraging” public
access on the riverwalk. Bibeau
provided attendees with the existing City ordinances requiring public
access along the riverwalk, and noted all the recent developments along
the river have agreed to provide publicly accessible riverwalks, and the
developers market the riverwalk as an amenity of their projects.
Mr. Hood-Daniel mentioned that the City of Miami Planning
Department was against high-density development along the river, and as
an Urban Planner, he was very supportive of the greenway’s goal to
provide public access and connectivity throughout the River’s
MRC Greenways subcommittee thanked the City of Miami and Kimley-Horn for
agreeing to immediately incorporate 48 of 50 of the MRC’s recommended
revisions to the draft, and looked forward to continued discussions
regarding extending the 50-foot setback riverwide (with the exception of
marine industrial and low density residential areas) and further
strengthening the riverwalk’s required public access.
Greenways Subcommittee reminded the attendees that the MRC would
consider the revised draft “Miami River Greenway Regulatory Design
Standards” at their next meeting, April 4, 2005, noon, 1401 NW 7 ST.
The Greenways subcommittee scheduled its next meeting on
Wednesday, April 13,
, University of Miami Rosenstiel
School of Marine Science, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway.
The meeting adjourned.