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Bay Harbor Islands approves new limits on property density


Special to the Miami Herald

The Bay Harbor Islands Town Council passed a density ordinance on Wednesday, Nov.13.

The ordinance, which limits the maximum residential density of multifamily developments, passed by a 5-1 vote on Nov.12.

Councilman Isaac Salver was the only member to not favor the ordinance, which is effective immediately.

The cap on density will affect properties in different ways.

All waterfront properties on the eastern island, with the exception of the properties located on the northern and southern tips, are classified as “RM-1” properties and have a capacity of 34 base units per acre, with a potential maximum allowable density of 70 base units per acre with transfer-of-development rights. These rights allow a property owner who hasn’t maxed out on allowable density to transfer the remainder of allowable units to a neighboring property.

Properties on the interior of the eastern island are classified as “RM-2” and have a capacity of 34 base units per acre with a maximum of 60 base units with a TDR.

Lastly, “RM-3” properties — or the two largest buildings on the southern tip of the eastern island along with three of the largest buildings on the northern tip of the island — have a capacity of 34 base units per acre and a maximum allowable density of 80 units with a TDR.

To learn more about TDRs and the density limitation for buildings in Bay Harbor Islands, you can attend an upcoming workshop scheduled for Monday, Dec. 2, at city hall or visit

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