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

Planning Board


(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. (i) A licensed professional engineer, licensed professional architect, or licensed professional landscape architect with expertise in water resources; (ii) a person licensed by the State of Florida in hydrology, water or wastewater treatment; (iii) a person with a degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study related to water resources; or (iv) 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").
(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





Brian Elias


Tanya Bhatt

Board Member

Jonathan Freidin

Board Member

Yechiel Ciment

Board Member

Gayle Durham

Board Member

Joseph Magazine

Board Member Melissa Beattie melissa@melissabeattie.org

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