Miami Beach 2020 Ballot Question 4
Ordinance authorizing reconstruction of original floor plates within interior of historic buildings
Floor area ratio (“FAR”) is used by City to regulate the overall size of a building. Currently, new floor area cannot be added to the interior of historic buildings that have no available floor area, unless City’s voters approve an FAR increase, under Charter Section 1.03(c). Shall City adopt Ordinance authorizing reconstruction of original interior floor plates as part of restoration of historic buildings, if such floor plates were removed prior to June 4, 1997?
The intent of this ballot question is to incentivize the restoration of historic buildings through the use of FAR. Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is used to measure and regulate building size or density. Any increases in FAR require voter approval.
If approved by voters, the question would give City Commissioners the ability to approve a proposed ordinance that would “authorize the City’s Historic Preservation Board to approve the reconstruction of original, interior floor plates as part of the restoration of historic buildings that otherwise have no available FAR, if such floor plates were removed prior to June 4, 1997,” according to the City’s Voters Guide.
“For example, if the owner of an eligible building, with no available FAR, sought to reconstruct original interior floors that were previously removed, the City’s Historic Preservation Board could allow for the reconstruction of those floors, as part of a restoration project. This is not possible under the current regulations in the City’s Zoning Ordinance,” the Voters Guide states.
From the City's Voters Guide:
Under the proposed Ordinance, a building would only be eligible to request Historic Preservation Board approval to reconstruct original, interior floor plates if:
- The building is located within a locally designated historic district; and
- The building is listed as “contributing” in the City’s Historic Properties Database. A building is listed as “contributing” in the City’s Historic Properties Database if, by its location, scale, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling or association, the building adds to a local historic district’s sense of time and place and historical development; and
- The subject floor plates were removed prior to June 4, 1997 (i.e. prior to the date the City Charter was first amended to require voter approval to increase FAR). Except with respect to the addition of original, interior floor plates as part of the restoration of historic buildings, the proposed Ordinance does not otherwise authorize, or result in any increase to, the maximum FAR for any property in the City. If the measure is approved by the City’s voters, a Second Reading and Public Hearing on the Ordinance will be scheduled before the City Commission.
For additional information, including a copy of the proposed Ordinance, click here or contact the Office of the City Clerk at 305.673.7411.
Organizations that have taken positions:
Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL)
Miami Beach United (MBU)