Will our City commissioners finally come to their senses and realize we cannot evolve into a world-class city if we continue to require developers to adhere to minimum parking requirements that decrease affordability and perpetuate automobile use?

This discussion is long overdue, but finally the City Commission has agreed to conduct a public hearing on this issue.

The City will conduct a public hearing on this item on Thursday, October 23rd, 11:30 am at the City of Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33131.

Below is a link to sign the petition and pledge to speak at the Commission meeting. Also if you sign up through this site, you will be sent updates, post your comments and see articles about this issue.


Click on this link to send Miami Commissioners an email to voice your support for this parking exemption.

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Here’s a little more background at to why you should support the elimination of minimum parking requirements.

Minimum parking requirements are killing good urban development in Miami. Luckily, there has been a push to eliminate parking requirements for small urban buildings (<10,000 sq ft) in recent months.  This is a good first step in the right direction if Miami really aspires to become a walkable and less autocentric city.

Minimum parking requirements perpetuate more automobile use and it also makes housing less affordable since the cost of building and maintaining required parking is passed on to renters and buyers. A few months ago Zillow released a housing report  that cited Miami as the 2nd most expensive city for renters.  The average Miami resident spends 43.2% of their income on rent.

Combine expensive housing with lack of public transit and minimum parking requirements that only serve to perpetuate the use of the automobile; its no wonder why Miami is one of the most expensive car dominated cities in the US.

Eliminating parking requirements would do the following things:

1)     Allows small developers to choose how many parking spaces are needed based on what fits and what buyers or tenants want.

2)      Replaces parking with denser development that generates more property and sales tax for the county and city.

3)     Allows small property owners to keep their property and develop themselves.

4)      Levels the playing field for small Miami property owners.

5)      Allows for the creation of more walkable and denser urban neighborhoods.

6)     Provides greater opportunity to build additional homes within proximity to mass transit corridors - which works to reduces auto traffic on congested roadways.

7)     Works toward retaining housing affordability, by allowing previously undevelopable lots - or lots with limtied development potential - to be built upon,  to meet the future housing needs of all residents.

Below are the details for the reduced parking requirements that are being sought for small urban buildings.  This is currently being advocated for at the commission level, so stay tuned for the resolution.

The proposed text for T4, T5, and T6 is underlined below.  The non-underlined text already exists in Miami 21, a TOD/transit corridor parking reduction that does not apply within 500 ft of single-family/duplex areas (T3).  The proposed text does not change that, it does not apply within 500 feet of T3.  Below is a map of where the proposed text would apply: orange areas around rail stations, purple areas along transit corridors, but not yellow areas within 500 ft of T3.  

“Parking ratio may be reduced within 1/2 mile radius of TOD or within 1/4 mile radius of a Transit Corridor by thirty percent (30%) by process of Waiver, or by one hundred percent (100%) for any Structure that has a Floor Area of ten thousand (10,000) square feet or less, except when site is within 500 feet of T3.”

Let’s hope City of Miami Commissioners can come to their senses and eliminate parking requirements entirely, not just for small urban buildings.

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6 Responses to City of Miami Public Hearing: Small Building Parking Exemption

  1. Parking exemptions help attract developers to creating additional affordable housing opportunities that are badly needed in our City. This puts us in line with the best practices nationally, mainly in progressive cities like New York. As we push Miami toward transit equity, we have to continue to propose and support innovative strategies like this parking exemption. Great work to all the advocates.


  2. John Hopkins says:

    It won’t be sufficient to simply reduce the on-site parking requirement. The city must also make sure that transit and sidewalks are safe and inviting to allow non-driver access. Remember that the reason most cities require on-site parking is so that a building’s occupants won’t monopolize streetside parking and keep customers away from nearby shops and offices. Yes, Miami is looking in the right direction here. But the current proposal should be part of a broad commitment to Livable Cities planning.


  3. John Hopkins says:

    I should have added: Sheltered, accessible parking for bicycles has to be part of the new rules.


  4. Don't ruin parking for existing residents says:

    When parking is scarce and new zoning is approved to allow new speculators to build new housing with no parking or reduced parking requirements you can seriously harm the quality of life for long time residents. Where will long time residents park if new residents show up and take all the available spots?


  5. I agree with all your points. Unfortunately in Miami this exemption places the horse before the cart. We should have been expanding our public transportation in this city long ago. May be this could act as an incentive by forcing our reps to confront this reality.


  6. Mike Lintro says:

    I had no idea that the price of rent has gone up so high in some areas. I have also noticed the lack of parking in some areas. It just seems like there are a lot of town homes being built, and it doesn’t really allow for a lot of space for guest to park. Usually just a few parking spaces for the tenants. I wonder what it would cost to build your own little town home.


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