The Cutler Bay town council granted a property owner’s request to defer a highly discussed item at its May 18 council meeting.
The main item
Chanterelle Properties is seeking permission to rezone its property on Southwest 200 Terrace and Southwest 87th Avenue from single-family residential district to neighborhood residential district. The rezoning would allow three-story buildings, townhouses, two-family, and multi-family dwelling units. The ordinance passed 4-1 on first reading last month, with councilmember Sue Ellen Loyzelle dissenting.
The town council deferred the item to July 20, at the request of the owner, as well as an item to permit a rezoning of property south of Southwest 216 Street between Southwest 93rd Path and 88th Place. The latter item will be heard on June 15, and calls for amending the town’s zoning map to permit a rezoning from neighborhood center 2 to multifamily residential district. On Oct. 13, town consultants recommended denying the amendment to rezone the 18.57 acres to permit 180 townhouse units.
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Councilmember Mary Ann Mixon was concerned about the deferrals.
“I would like to request an additional month in between, because there are, like airplanes waiting to land,” she said. “We had things to put on the agenda and we didn’t because it gets stacked up. We don’t want to be here until 3 a.m. next month. I feel like I have deferred things on an agenda because there were more important things to put on the agenda and I’ve waited two months. I’m not going to wait another month.”
Traffic Calming: Town staff is working to soothe traffic stress. The council consented to authorize manager Ralph Casals to issue a purchase order to Marlin Engineering for phase one of the town-wide traffic calming alternatives study. The total negotiated cost for services is $84,621.96.
Wetlands Project: The council consented to support the Miami-Dade County resolution urging the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the South Florida Water Management District to expedite phase two of the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project.
Walls, Fences, Hedges: The council unanimously passed an ordinance on first reading amending the town’s code of ordinances for the section: “Walls, Fences, and Hedges.” Town staff reviewed the section and found that regulations regarding the maintenance of shared walls were missing and requested the inclusion of those regulations.
They said it
“Our county commissioner, Daniella Levine Cava, sponsored a resolution at the board of county commissioners to allow circulators on the busway,” Councilmember Loyzelle said. “So this is a very positive step in helping connect our community to transit. With that said, in June there will be a lineup change and that occurs a couple times a year, to update our bus routes. Our manager will be updating our route to include the busway from Southwest 211 Street to the Target and also adding a Walmart stop, which was part of a request from our strategic master plan. As we will add the Walmart, they will then go up to 211th and connect to the bus and go downtown or get to the Metrorail through our circulator.”
The next meeting
When: 7 p.m. June 15
Where: Town Hall, 10720 Caribbean Blvd.