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City of Miami Beach
1700 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Phone: 305.673.7000

Planning Board

Powers and Duties

The Planning Board shall have the following powers and duties:

(1) To acquire, compile and collate all available data, materials, statistics, maps, photographs, reports and studies necessary to obtain an understanding of past conditions and present trends, which affect the city and the economic and general welfare of its residents. The board shall evaluate data and determine the past, present and future trends as they relate to population, property values, economic bases, land use, and to evolve the principles and policies required to guide the direction and type of future development and expansion of the city.

(2) To conduct such public hearings as may be helpful in gathering information and data necessary for the presentation of suitable and appropriate plans for the comprehensive and systematic development of the city and to transmit the same for consideration by the city commission.

(3) To make, cause to be made, or obtain special studies on the location, condition and adequacy of specific facilities of the city. These may include, but are not limited to, studies on single and multiple-family housing, including hotels, apartment buildings, cooperatives and condominiums, commercial and industrial conditions and facilities, beaches, parks, playgrounds and other recreational facilities, public buildings, public and private utilities, traffic, transportation and parking. The board shall be authorized to study and consider any and all studies made and published by the federal, state and county governments.

(4) To make appropriate studies of the location and extent of present and anticipated use of land, population, social and economic resources and problems, and to submit such data, with the recommendations of such board, to the city commission.

(5) To consider and to act upon any and all matters referred to it by the city commission or by the provisions of any city ordinance pertaining to land use and to submit its findings and recommendations on such matters to the city commission.

(6) In granting a request, the board may prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards which are consistent and supportive of the city's comprehensive plan, neighborhood plan or capital improvement plan. Violation of such conditions and safeguards shall be deemed a violation of these land development regulations.

(7) To carry out its responsibilities as the local planning agency pursuant to the state and the Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulations Act (F.S. ch. 163).

(8) To insure a high degree of aesthetics and promote quality in construction and design of buildings and structures so as to enhance the value of property and the physical environment of the city.

(9) To consider applications pertaining to conditional use permits, amendments to these land development regulations, change of zoning district boundaries and comprehensive plan amendments and future land use map changes.

(10) To promote reduced crime and fear of crime through the use of crime prevention through environmental design guidelines and strategies.

(11) To review the sale, exchange, conveyance or lease of ten years or longer of certain city-owned property, as provided in City Charter, subsection 1.03(b)4, entitled, "Disposition of city property," which requires approval by a majority (four-sevenths) vote of all members of the planning board. In reviewing such an application, the planning board shall consider the following review criteria, when applicable:

a. Whether or not the proposed use is in keeping with city goals and objectives and conforms to the city comprehensive plan.

b. If a sale, a determination as to whether or not alternatives are available for the acquisition of private property as an alternative to the proposed disposition or sale of city-owned properties, including assembly of adjacent properties, and impact of such assemblage on the adjacent neighborhood and the city in general.

c. The impact on adjacent properties, including the potential positive or negative impacts such as diminution of open space, increased traffic, adequate parking, noise level, enhanced property values, improved development patterns, and provision of necessary services.

d. Determination as to whether or not the proposed use is in keeping with the surrounding neighborhood, blocks views or creates other environmental intrusions, and evaluation of design and aesthetic considerations of the project.

e. A traffic circulation analysis and plan that details the impact of projected traffic on the immediate neighborhood and how this impact is to be mitigated.

f. Determination as to whether or not the proposed use is in keeping with a public purpose and community needs, and improving the community's overall quality of life.

g. If a lease is proposed, the duration and other nonfinancial terms of the lease.


(a) The Planning Board shall be composed of seven regular voting members. Each regular member shall be appointed with the concurrence of at least four members of the city commission. Each regular voting member shall serve for a term of two years. The planning director or designee, and the city attorney or designee, shall serve in an advisory capacity.

(b) All regular voting members of the board shall have considerable experience in general business, land development practices or land use issues; however, the board shall at a minimum be comprised of:

1. One architect registered in the State of Florida; or a member of the faculty of a school of architecture in the state, with practical or academic expertise in the field of design, planning, historic preservation or the history of architecture; or a landscape architect registered in the state of Florida; or a professional practicing in the fields of architectural or urban design, or urban planning;
2. One developer who has experience in developing real property; or an attorney in good standing licensed to practice law within the United States;
3. One attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Florida who has considerable experience in land use and zoning issues;
4. One person who has education and/or experience in historic preservation issues. For purposes of this section, the term "education and/or experience in historic preservation issues" shall be a person who meets one or more of the following criteria:

a. Has earned a college degree in historic preservation;
b. Is responsible for the preservation, revitalization or adaptive reuse of historic buildings; or
c. Is recognized by the city commission for contributions to historic preservation, education or planning;

5. Two (2) persons who are residents at-large and who currently reside in the city and have resided in the city for at least (3) three consecutive years at the time of appointment or reappointment. Additionally, strong preference shall be given to individuals who have previously served on a Miami Beach board or committee and/or completed the Miami Beach Leadership Academy course, and to individuals not currently working in the fields of real estate development, real estate brokerage/sales, real estate law, or architecture; and
6. (a) A licensed professional engineer, licensed professional architect, or licensed professional landscape architect with expertise in water resources; (b) a person licensed by the State of Florida in hydrology, water or wastewater treatment; (c) a person with a degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study related to water resources; (d) a floodplain manager or a principal community administrator responsible for the daily implementation of flood loss reduction activities including enforcing a community's flood damage prevention ordinance, updating flood maps, plans, and policies of the community, and any of the activities related to administration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) (a "water management expert"); or (e) a person who is a resident at-large and currently resides in the city and has resided in the city for at least three consecutive years at the time of appointment or reappointment.

(c) Except as provided in subsection (b)(5) no person except a resident of the City, who has resided in the City for at least one year, shall be eligible for appointment to the Planning Board. The residency requirement in this subsection (c) shall not apply to the water management expert appointed to the planning board pursuant to subsection (b)(6).

(d) The City Commission may waive the residency requirements by a 5/7ths vote in the event a person not meeting these requirements is available to serve on the Board and is exceptionally qualified by training and/or experience. City Liaison: Rogelio Madan

Board Members

Position Name Contact
Chair Brian Elias belias@fowler-white.com
Vice Chair Melissa Beattie melissa@melissabeattie.org
Board Member Jonathan Freidin jonathan.planningboard@gmail.com
Board Member Yechiel Ciment ycimentmb@gmail.com
Board Member Elizabeth K. Latone Elizabethklatone@gmail.com
Board Member Matthew Gultanoff matthew@betterstreetsmb.com
Board Member Scott Needelman San1455@att.net

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