The City of Miami Beach Expands City Code for Affordable Housing
In an effort to incentivize both public and private workforce and affordable housing, the Miami Beach City Commission has passed two ordinances building on present workforce and affordable housing initiatives. By providing the tools to develop the success of individuals, these policies will in turn benefit the entire Miami Beach community.
“Currently, city code contains guidelines that facilitate the development of affordable housing for low and moderate-income elderly persons,” said Miami Beach Planning Director Thomas Mooney. “Now, we’re expanding on that premise by changing policy to advance affordable housing at a quicker rate, higher quantity and to the extended public – providing opportunity to a greater part of our disadvantaged community.”
The ordinances reduce minimum parking requirements and lower minimum unit sizes in order to facilitate workforce and affordable housing construction. More specifically, they allow the number of workforce and affordable housing units on a site with an existing building to be increased with no additional parking requirements. Providing an 80 percent density increase beyond the underlying allowable density for workforce and affordable units, the city’s proposed plan comprehensively ensures that all policies applying to the development of affordable housing also apply to the development of workforce housing.
At the increased density proposed, it is anticipated that up to 6,800 additional housing units will be built on Miami Beach by 2030 – improving traffic patterns, as well as the quality of life for the urban island’s resident and worker population.