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MBU RESOLUTION REGARDING HOTELS IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS:
WHERE AS, West Avenue and Bay Road from 5th Street to Dade Boulevard between Alton Court and Biscayne Bay are among the last remaining areas of South Beach for hotel use, and
WHERE AS, West Avenue and Bay Road from 5th Street to Dade Boulevard between Alton Court and Biscayne Bay are predominantly residential in character, and
WHERE AS, hotel uses have been considered to be an intrusion into the quality of residential life of a neighborhood in other areas of Miami Beach, causingresidents to achieve a zoning change to exclude hotels, and
WHERE AS, hotels impact residential neighborhoods as a consequence of its accessory uses, truck deliveries, valet parking, traffic entering and exiting, kitchen facility odors, special events, outdoor events, hotel and restaurant guest traffic, music, swimming decks, and roof top amenities, and
WHERE AS, in the neighborhoods described above, there are alternative uses that would be morein keeping with its residential character: rental units or condominiums, and
WHERE AS, the ownership of the properties with current proposals for hotel development in the above described neighborhoods are still not consummated, and a variety of variances and board approvals are still necessary, as well as a recent proposal to reduce the parking requirements to enable these hotels to meet code requirements, are still on the drawing boards, and
WHERE AS, the city’s methodology for creating traffic studies that drive the approvals for projects tend to minimize the realistic degree of impact on a neighborhood, and
WHERE AS, there is a growing body of evidence of the adverse impacts of outdoor and open air entertainment on neighboring residential neighborhoods in the RM-3 district adjacent to Biscayne Bay.
THEREFORE, MIAMI BEACH UNITED RESOLVES THAT THEMAYOR, CITY COMMISSION AND ITS STAFF WORK FOR THE FOLLOWING CHANGES TO THE CODE:
Reject the reduction of parking requirements for hotels except in areas where hotel redevelopment is needed and outside of residential neighborhoods, and
Revise the methodology of parking studies to include a holistic study for the entire neighborhood affected by the impact of a developmentand,
Amend the zoning code to remove hotel, apartment hotel, guest house, bed and breakfast and hostels as permitted uses in the West Avenue Corridor, consisting of all properties from 5th street to Dade Boulevard, and from Alton Court to Biscayne Bay and,
Amend the Land Development Regulations to prohibit outdoor open-air entertainment in those RM3 districts adjacent to Biscayne Bay, as this is already a prohibition in RM2 districts, and the RM3 district adjacent to Biscayne Bay should conform to similar zoning regarding outdoorand open-air entertainment establishments in South Pointe, Sunset Harbor, and the RM2 districts citywide, by prohibiting outdoor and open air entertainment establishments as described above to protect the quality of life for the residents of Miami Beach.
- There Goes the Neighborhood? (wavna.com)