The Cutler Bay council on April 20 unanimously passed a resolution to research the status of undeveloped properties along Old Cutler Road.
THE MAIN ITEM
Residents and activists returned to fill Town Hall for a second consecutive month in the name of halting developments to build a park along Old Cutler Road between Southwest 184th and 216th streets.
Councilman Roger Coriat’s resolution called for the council to authorize Town Manager Ralph Casals to research the status of undeveloped properties along Old Cutler Road and to meet with property owners. The council passed the resolution unanimously, after amending it to apply to all undeveloped properties in the town. The amendment also gives Casals 120 days to present status reports on the properties to the town council and use a consultant. A property at 18551 Old Cutler Rd., currently owned by Cutler Properties, was up for rezoning before town planners convinced the owners to pull its application due to the land use amendment being “incompatible with the character” of the neighborhood. Current zoning allows for 30 to 40 single-family homes on the site.
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“I’m really happy that it passed unanimously,” Coriat said. “I think that shows we were able to build a consensus over this item. I knew that every council member is coming at it from a different vantage and they all have their own things that are important to them. I really spent some time with the manager and our attorneys wording it just right so that there would be something for everybody, as well as the residents of course. We have residents that are interested in one specific property or another and I think that this resolution allowed us to look at a bigger picture for our town and look at both residential and commercial and of course the passive parks or green spaces that we need in our town as well. … I’m excited about the possibility of where we can go from here.”
▪ iPrep: As part of its interlocal agreement with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the council consented to authorize Casals to spend $27,275 for 25 iPads for the incoming ninth grade iPrep students at Cutler Bay High School.
▪ Town Center: The council consented to authorize Casals to pay Kimley-Horn and Associates $74,579 on the town center plaza’s conceptual design plans and cost estimate services.
▪ Rezoning: A first reading ordinance approving the request of Chanterelle Properties, Inc. to permit a rezoning on property located on Southwest 200th Terrace and Southwest 87th Street from single family residential district to neighborhood residential district/multi-family was approved 4-1, with councilmember Sue Ellen Loyzelle dissenting. The rezoning allows for three stories, townhouses, two-family, and multi-family dwelling units.
THEY SAID IT
“If we are going to spend money on parks, I’d like to spend them on our existing parks,” Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin said on the dais. “The manager will tell you that we are far, far in excess of the requirements for parks. …We’ve got plenty we aren’t making use of it. And that’s your problem. Get the kids to play there, .get people to come out and use our parks.”
“I’m afraid the main reason you guys want parks is not because you want parks, you want to prevent people from moving in,” Sochin said. “You do not have the right to do that. That is a selfish attitude.”
THE NEXT MEETING
When: 7 p.m. May 18
Where: Town Hall, 10720 Caribbean Blvd.