During my evaluation of restoration potential in the CBD, I was surprised to see that the Miami 21 draft code (Article 3.9) doesn’t elaborate on the City’s historic preservation guidelines. Instead it simply cross references Chapter 23 of the City Code, which addresses preservation and has a set of 8 criteria for designation and a limited set of restrictions and guidelines for adaptive reuse, demolition, landscaping in its 18 pages.
The CBD interior, which with minor exceptions is considered Transect Zone 6 (T6: Urban Core – described in Article 5.6 of the draft code), as indicated in Part I of my Under Utilization in the CBD study, has a large section of it that originates from the early twentieth century.
The CBD interior zoning being designated T6 is not surprising and it means that densification is to be fostered in the area described and inclusive of these antiquated structures. Miami 21 provides a comprehensive basis for smart urban planning in Miami, but it has not adequately addressed the historic preservation issue. This is contrary to the first sentence of the draft code’s Preamble, which states
“Miami 21 code establishes standards and procedures for new development or redevelopment in the part of the City designated for use of the Miami 21 code.”
Addressing redevelopment is one of the purposes of the code, but little emphasis on preservation within the code’s articles seems a bit contradictory to me.