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North Miami development plan fails again

At its meeting on Monday, the North Miami City Council failed to pass its comprehensive plan and appointed a temporary replacement for City Manager Aleem Ghany, who announced his resignation last Thursday.

The main item

Despite a new feasibility study and hours of discussion at a previous meeting, North Miami again failed to pass its comprehensive plan.

As with the Aug. 25 meeting, the City Council didn’t seem too divided on most of the content of the plan but remained divided by the necessity of a super-majority vote for land use and zoning amendments.

And again the lack of a four-fifths vote, which was introduced as a clause in the 2008 comprehensive plan, kept the plan from passing. Vice Mayor Carol Keys, Councilman Philippe Bien-Aime and Councilman Scott Galvin voted for the plan. Mayor Smith Joseph and Councilman Alix Desulme voted no.

Later in the meeting, Desulme briefly said he would reconsider approving the plan if Galvin apologized for the “tone” of the Aug. 25 meeting. Galvin said he didn’t know he had offended anyone and Desulme ultimately did not motion for a vote.

The plan is primarily required to meet the updated state Department of Economic Opportunity requirements, including complying with Florida laws and adding an optional component to address climate change.

The city’s consultant, the Mellgren Planning Group, recommended that the city not even consider height and density and approve the plan.

As a result of the plan failing, the city will essentially keep the same plan it approved seven years ago and will not be able to approve new land-use amendments.

Other business

▪ City manager search: City leaders selected the current deputy city manager, Arthur Sorey, to take over as interim manager when Aleem Ghany’s resignation takes effect next month.

Ghany announced his resignation last week and will officially step down Oct. 16. Sorey, who has also served as the city’s budget director, will take over Oct. 17.

The city has not yet indicated what process it will use to hire Ghany’s full-time replacement. Ghany has worked with the city for about 19 years and previously served as the public works director.

▪ North Miami library: Council members approved a strategic management plan and a grant application prepared by the North Miami library.

The strategic plan was a requirement to apply for the “state aid to libraries” grant which comes through the state department’s library and information services division.

You said it

“We’re here today discussing whether or not we should colorize Leave it to Beaver episodes instead of visioning for a new city,” — Resident Kevin Seifried discussing the city’s comprehensive plan.

The next meeting

▪ When: 7 p.m. Oct. 13.

▪ Where: North Miami City Hall, 776 NE 125th St., North Miami.

Lance Dixon: 305-376-3708, @LDixon_3

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