THROUGH THICK AND THIN, AND VIRUS TOO, THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS PLAN KEEPS CHUGGING ON
Last December - - I wrote about a major zoning change that Neil Shriver, the current Executive Director of the SEOPW CRA wanted for a collection of lots in the West Grove, including the property that the house he lives in is situated.
The request would not have been an issue were it not for the fact that one of his partners in this deal owned the 2 pieces of property facing US-1, and that when combined, the 5 pieces of property would become a sizable and very valuable assemblage that if approved by the city commission in the way they were seeking approval could result in a 5 story mixed use building instead of the 3 story apartment building that they claimed they wanted.
In short, this is one of those deals that could literally result in a sizable increase in value of the property by a simple vote of 3 city commissioners.
To appreciate the full impact of how the Family and Friends Plan works, you only have to wonder why this item - a PZAB item - would find itself on the agenda of the first meeting in April, in an agenda that includes 38 pages of items that includes any number of items that don't constitute an emergency, or a tie-in with dealing with the COVID 19 virus.
NUMBER 93 - APRIL 8, 2020
Comprehensive Plan Amendment - Staff Analysis
e-plan ID PZ-19-3868
Applicants: Roble One, LLC, 3010 Carter, LLC, (also known as 3510, LLC), and Cornelius Shriver
Location: 3040 Carter St, 3065, 3069, 3091 and 3095 Plaza St
Commission District 2 - Commissioner Ken Russell
NET District: Coconut Grove
Size: Approximately 35,998 square feet (0.826 acre)
Planner: Darren Murphy, Planner I
This appears to be an end run around the “one step up at a time” required for transect changes (up-zoning). Miami 21 specifically states that IF you have either 40,000 sq. ft. or 200 linear ft of frontage in one contiguous parcel, then you can apply to up-zone, in this case from T-3 O Duplex residential to T-4 Medium Density Multi-Family Residential (Apartment). Then you are required to wait for 18 months to apply again to up-zone to the next transect, in this case T-5 Mixed Use Commercial.
Miami 21 Article 7 states as follows:
5. Limitation on further consideration after rezoning. Whenever the City Commission has rezoned property, the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board shall not thereafter consider any petition for rezoning of all or any part of the same property for a period of eighteen (18) months from the date of such action
At the PZAB meeting where both the zoning and accompanying FLUM change were approved 8-1, with overwhelming community support for West Grove born owner/resident Neil Shiver, the two dissenting Board members inquired if the applicant would promise not to ask the Commission to waive the 18 month required waiting period. No definitive answer could be pried from Mr. Shiver's attorney. It was unclear whether many of the community supporters understood that the applicant could go almost immediately from T-3 to T-5.
In the Staff report, we find this:
The proposed amendment contains approximately 35,998 square feet (0.826 acres). Therefore, this application is subject to small-scale procedures as established in Section 163.3187, Florida Statutes. The current FLU designation and proposed FLU designation are presented in Maps 2 and 3.
Concurrently, the Applicant is requesting a change to the Miami 21 Zoning Atlas as a companion item (ePlan ID PZ-19-3658). The companion application seeks to change the zoning of properties located at 3069, 3091 and 3095 Plaza St, Miami, Florida from 'T3-O" to "T4-R" (General Urban - Restricted) and the a portion of the property located at 3065 Plaza St and a portion of the property located at 3040 Carter St, Miami, Florida from"T3-O" (Sub-Urban - Open) to "T4-O" (General Urban - Open). In addition, the applicant is seeking a waiver from the City Commission of the 18-month time limit set forth in Section 184.108.40.206(g)(5) of Miami 21 to permit the Planning, Zoning, and Appeals Board to consider a second change to the Zoning Atlas to the next successional Transect for the Subject Parcels. In anticipation that the waiver will be granted by City Commission, the Applicant's request to amend the FLUM changes the designation on four parcels from Duplex Residential to FLUM designations that surpass the immediate designation following in density and intensity so that, in the event the 18-month waiver is granted, the Applicant will only have to amend the Zoning Atlas through a second hearing process.
Since this assemblage has more than 200 ft of street frontage, this means that instead of the 3 story apartment building that would otherwise be allowed, the community may quickly end up getting a 5 story mixed use building that backs up immediately on the 2 story T-3 Duplex residential homes behind it. This is exactly what Miami 21 purports to avoid: T-5 adjacent to T-3 with no intervening T-4 as buffer. This T5-T3 situation is what has held the West Grove back for decades, and is a left-over uncorrected anomaly of the prior Miami 11000 zoning code.
SUMMARY: It appears that Planning Staff is recommending a way of getting around the restriction requiring an 18 month waiting period between up-zonings that would violate Miami 21' s successional zoning requirement. By waiving the required waiting period at the same Commission Meeting approving both the zoning and the FLUM change to FLUM designations that surpass the immediate designation following in density and intensity, then the Commission can simultaneously approve a 2nd up-zoning change while only sending the Zoning Atlas change back to PZAB for the required public hearing to “correct” an inconsistency between the newly approved T-5 zoning and the Zoning Atlas.
THE SCHEMERS AT CITY HALL PROVE THAT CRESPODAMAS IS SELDOM WRONG. REMEMBER WHEN I STOOD AT THE CITY COMMISSION MEETING IN JANUARY OF 2018 AND TOLD FOLKS THAT THERE WERE FORCES WHO DID NOT WANT TO SEE THE OMNI CRA EXTENDED TO THE WEST GROVE?
As part of the shit show tomorrow, there will be a meeting of the OMNI CRA, that includes the following Resolution:
NUMBER 94 - APRIL 8, 2020
One of the reasons that Alex Diaz de la Portilla wanted to replace Commissioner "Sellout" Russell as the Chairman of the OMNI CRA was to do away with his efforts to extend the OMNI CRA into the West Grove, which is something that will no doubt make former Commissioner Marc Sarnoff happy.
Sarnoff spent much of his term as a city commissioner screwing the Black folks in the West Grove, and now that he's got playmates like Diaz de la Portilla in his pocket, you can expect that this will not be the last time that the ghost of Sarnoff shows up in language screwing those folks over, because once a racist cracker, always a racist cracker.
The premise behind the extension of the CRA into the West Grove was not in and of itself a bad idea because the original intention behind the creation of CRA's was to eliminate "slum and blight," and it has been done in some parts of the state without the usual kleptocracy that passes for governance in South Florida, but while Diaz de la Portilla is now moving to kill off the effort to extend the CRA into the West Grove, he is 100% committed to extending the OMNI CRA into his new Allapattah district, where the generation of new Tax Increment Funds (TIF), give him the opportunity to reward friends and screw everyone else.
That what TIF money in the hands of schemers like Sarnoff and Diaz de la Portilla has always been about.
Instead of helping the poor, TIF money becomes nothing other than a slush fund, as evidenced by the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury report that slammed the CRA's operating in the county, and which with a photo of Sarnoff and his butt-boy Pieter Bockweg, then the OMNI CRA Executive Director unveiling the state of a dog at Margaret Pace Park.
Now that Diaz de la Portilla has installed himself as the Chairman of the OMNI CRA you can bet that it short order it will once again become as corrupt as it was under Sarnoff's chairmanship, where he openly gave away tens of millions of dollars in tax credits to deep pocket campaign donors.
It's Miami, Bitches!
HERE IS THE AGENDA PACKET FOR THE OMNI CRA MEETING
Support The Crespogram
THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A VIRTUAL CITY COMMISSION MEETING HELD DURING A CRISIS TO INTRODUCE A CONTENT COMPLICATED ORDINANCE DEALING WITH THE ESOTERIC SUBJECT OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Commissioner Manolo Reyes has long made it clear that he wants to abolish the Historic and Environment Preservation Board (HEPB) because he says it violates property owners' Property Rights.
The City has been able to preserve very few residences (outside of officially designated historic districts) and now this ordinance would protect those “Property Rights” even more by requiring “super majority votes," involving more notification and longer appeal periods.
While most of the changes appear to be reasonable and fair to both the Property Owner and the Community Section 23-4 (c) 3 (d) of the City Charter which states provides what appears to be an opportunity for Reyes to through a log across the railroad track in a way that most people would never suspect.
Here is the current language in the ordinance.
NUMBER 95 - APRIL 8, 2020
Copyrighted: 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
By adding the "appellant" which is the legal term for the person appealing a HEPB decision, this would create problems for neighbors or community associations putting up money/fees to appeal a decision NOT to designate a property historic.
Now, I'm not a big fan of historic preservation myself, especially given the roughshod way in which the Commissioner "sellout" Russell and the city behaved with the remaining "shotgun houses in the West Grove, but there is no need to introduce those ordinance e at this time, other than to try and sneak it through while people are distracted and unable to really show up at City Hall to voice their opinions on an issue like this.
This is clearly a rope-a-dope move, and given that it is in line with the efforts of the current gang of the 3 Amigos to stack ALL of the city's boards and commissions with toadies and ass kissers, the easier to pull off all the nasty shit they have plans for, this is definitely an item that should be removed from the agenda for another time.
It's Miami. Bitches!
Here is the proposed change in the language that is underlined, and that I have highlighted.
TODAY'S STORIES DEAL WITH ITEMS COMING UP TOMORROW AT THE CITY COMMISSION AND OMNI CRA BOARD MEETING. THERE ARE MORE ITEMS THAT I COULDA, SHOULDA TRIED TO TACKLE, BUT I'M AS WEARY AS MANY OF YOU ARE ABOUT DEALING WITH THE VIRUS, AND THE CRAZINESS THAT IS ACCOMPANYING IT. MY SUGGESTION IS, IF YOU LIVE IN THE CITY, AND ARE IN ANY WAY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE UP TO, FIRST, , AND SECONDLY LOG ON TOMORROW AND PAY ATTENTION. I PROMISE YOU, EVEN THOUGH YOU MIGHT NOT CARE WHAT THEY ARE UP TO, THEY ARE COUNTING ON THAT TO RIP AND ROAR WITH YOUR TAX DOLLARS
THE COVID 19 VIRUS HAS NOW BEEN AROUND FOR OVER A MONTH, AND THE CITY OF MIAMI'S WEBSITE CONTINUES TO DEMONSTRATE THAT PROVIDING ACCURATE AND UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION SEEM TO BE BEYOND THEIR CAPABILITY
By now it's probably dawned on most people in and around the City of Miami that Boy-Toy Mayor Francis Suarez spends much of his time either brainstorming with his millennial staff for ways that he can make himself appear manly and in control, or looking for ways to get in phony pissing matches with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
In the meantime, the real nuts and bolts work that would show competence and a concern for transparency have all but been jettisoned, as photo ops, selfies and self-serving social media posts by the Mayor and Commissioners - although Commissioner "Comemierda" Carollo seems to have dropped off the radar screens - have become the new norm as everyone scrambles to build up brownie points that they can bank for future use if, and when the shit starts hitting the fan and questions start getting asked about all the behind the door deals and schemes that seem to be what the smart money crowd is focusing on.
In any event, this morning I went on the city's website to check and see if the City Manager and the City Attorney had decided to start posting copies of any, or all of the contracts that have been negotiated and signed under emergency decree, and of course they hadn't, but I did discover that the city isn't even keeping up with the Emergency Orders that the City Manager is issuing, for instance, above you see that the last overall update on the city's COVID webpage was posted on April Fool's Day.
Below, you see that the same applies for specific testing updates, and below that is the latest news and information which seems to be coming from the future. Today is April 9th, but as you can see, the Soothsayers working for the city have already gotten information From April 28th.
Now of course, that's probably a mistake, and that should be March 28th instead of April 28th, but that doesn't speak well for the Communication Department either, since that's almost 2 weeks ago, and that means that folks who rely on the city for information in Creole or even Spanish are shit out of luck.
But don't worry, the Mayor has written to billionaire Bill Gates asking him to come to Miami and rescue the citizens, or at least provide him with a photo opportunity that he can then use to parlay into TV appearances to brag about how important a "leader" he must to be because Bill Gates came to Miami to talk with him.
It's Miami. Bitches!
NUMBER 96 - APRIL 9, 2020