FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Why is the Comprehensive Plan & Land Development Code being updated?
The Planning and Zoning Department, working with the City Manager and City Attorney have identified some inconsistences and sections where revisions, or more clarity is needed; as well a reorganization to improve the interpretation and flow of these documents. These preliminary suggested revisions are expected to be supplemented by additional revisions suggested by Calvin Giordano & Associates, Inc. This project is intended to provide a full, complete and exhaustive revision to the City’s Land Development Code and its Comprehensive Plan.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan shall provide the principles, guidelines, standards, and strategies for the orderly and balanced future economic, social, physical, environmental, and fiscal development of the area that reflects a community’s commitment to implement the plan and its elements. These principles and strategies shall guide future decisions in a consistent manner and shall contain programs and activities to ensure comprehensive plans are implemented. The sections of the comprehensive plan containing the principles and strategies, generally provided as goals, objectives, and policies, shall describe how the local government’s programs, activities, and land development regulations will be initiated, modified, or continued to implement the comprehensive plan in a consistent manner.
The City of South Miami Comprehensive Plan is comprised of two main components:
The first are adopted components which include the Goals, Policies and Objectives sections, Capital Improvements Element Implementation section, the Future Land Use Map, the Future Traffic Circulation Map and the Monitoring, Updating and Evaluation Procedures section
The second are support components which include all other portions, such as descriptive text, data, analyses, tables, figures, graphs and technical maps. Support components comprise the majority of the printed content in the Comprehensive Plan; however, these support components and not adopted as law.
What is the Land Development Code?
The Land Development Code is the implementation mechanism of the Comprehensive Plan – specifically the Future Land Use Element and Map. The Code outlines how land may and may not be used throughout the City – Through zoning. It also outlines measurable numerical requirements (development standards) such as how many housing units can be built on an acre of land, how much of the lot a structure can cover, or how much parking and landscaping is required. Additionally, the land development code outlines the process of approval for new development, redevelopment or rehabilitation and expansion of existing structures. It is important that the land development code remain relevant so as to reflect the current vision of the City, and in order to ensure the standards contained therein produce the desired character within the built environment.
What is the difference between a plan and the Code?
Plans are visionary and aspirational. They identify what the community would like to be in the future and set forth steps to achieve that vision. Codes are a set of regulations that govern how the community grows and develops and are one tool used to implement plans.
How can I participate in the revision of the Land Development Code & Comprehensive Plan process?
The Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code update is in the initial phase which includes a gathering of informational and sharing ideas through a series of public workshops. All workshops are and will be open to the general public. In addition to attending meetings and visiting this website, interested persons can also participate by:
- Subscribing to receive our e-news updates on the right hand side of this page.
- Attend a public workshop/charrettes or informal session
- Making a phone call, writing a letter, or sending an email to the City’s Planning & Zoning Department or CGA
- Gathering project information through online forms