Agenda Digest: City Commission Meeting (02/27/2024)

Javier Baños

Baños is the Editor of Gables Insider

On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, the Coral Gables City Commission will hold its next City Commission meeting. Here is a rundown of the agenda for this upcoming meeting. Click here to see the full agenda.

Non-credited quotes in this article are excerpts from the memos presented to the Commission explaining the items.

Gables Insider comments on specific items can be found in blue.

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Consent Agenda

D.-1. 24-7054 A Resolution of the City Commission confirming the appointment of Lance Cambell (Nominated by Kings Bay Homeowners’ Association) to serve as members of the South Waterways Homeowners’ Associations Advisory Board, for a two (2) year term which began on June 1, 2023 and continues through May 31, 2025.
D.-2. 24-7080 A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing an emergency purchase for the replacement of Trane Chiller No. 1’s Adaptive Frequency Drive (AFD) power module component at the Public Safety Building (PSB), 2151 Salzedo Street, Coral Gables, FL 33134, pursuant to Section 2-690 Emergency Procurement, in the amount of $141,094.
D.-3. 24-7085 A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing the execution of an agreement for sewer connection for property located outside the City’s sewer district at 1231 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, Florida into the City of Coral Gables wastewater collection / transmission system, subject to the requirements of the Public Works Department, as provided under Chapters 62 and 78 of the City Code, Ordinance Nos. 2007-29 and 2009-39 and Resolution No. 2008-07; and provided that the executed
agreement be made part of this resolution.
D.-4. 24-7087 A Resolution of the City Commission approving “El Carnaval de Barranquilla USA” event as one of the five events of the International Cultural Events Initiative.
D.-5. 24-7091 A Resolution of the City Commission (“City”) authorizing execution of an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement by and among the Miami-Dade County Office of the Property Appraiser (“Property Appraiser”), Miami-Dade County on behalf of the Tax Collector (“Tax Collector”), and the City regarding non-ad valorem assessments for the continued operation of the Gables By The Sea-Coral Gables Special Taxing District; and providing for an effective date.

Presentation of Boards


2.-1. 24-7053 A Resolution of the Coral Gables Advisory Board on Disability Affairs requesting that the City of Coral Gables Commission reconsider the appointment of Justine Chichester to the Coral Gables Advisory Board on Disability Affairs.

2.-2. 24-7077 A Resolution of the Coral Gables Retirement Board requesting that the Coral Gables City Commission waive the residency requirement of Qualified Members nominated for the Retirement Board so long as they work in the City of Coral Gables.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING


E.-1. 23-6360 An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for text amendments to the City of Coral Gables Official Zoning Code, Article 2, “Zoning Districts,” Section 2-403, “Giralda Plaza District Overlay;” by allowing a television screen on the inside of a window on the pedestrian street of Giralda Plaza; providing for severability clause, repealer provision, codification, and providing for an effective date. (10 11 23 PZB recommended approval, Vote 7-0) (Sponsored by Commissioner Castro)

A Zoning Code text amendment for the Giralda Plaza District Overlay to allow a television screen on the inside of a window on the pedestrian street of Giralda Plaza. Section 2-201(D)(9)(g) of the Zoning Code currently states that a minimum of 60% and a maximum of 90% of the ground floor shall be transparent. Materials that obstruct visibility into the interior of the ground level space are not permitted. The proposed amendment allows television screens to be located inside the storefront, oriented towards pedestrians on Giralda Plaza. The television screen must not exceed 50% of the glass window.

As discussed at First Reading on September 26, 2023, the proposed text amendment was updated to require a business to have an approved open-air dining permit and to comply with hours of operation and noise levels. The updated text amendment permits one television screen per 25 feet unless the Development Review Official (DRO) allows a shorter distance based on compatibility. In addition, the screen may not be greater than the width of the window.

E.-2. 23-6567 An Ordinance of the City Commission amending St. Philip’s School site plan approved under Ordinance No. 3576 to replace an existing building with a new pre-K building located at 1109 Andalusia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida; all other conditions of approval contained in Ordinance No. 3576 shall remain in effect; providing for severability clause, repealer provision, codification, and providing for an effective date(11 03 23 PZB recommended approval with conditions, Vote 7-0) Lobbyist: Laura Russo

The Applicant seeks to demolish an existing building on the easternmost corner on Andalusia Avenue and replace it with a new pre-K building. The proposed 1-story structure will include two classrooms, a multi-purpose room, storage, and a connection hallway, comprised of 4,198 square feet. At First Reading, the issue of vehicles parking on neighboring residential swales was discussed. The Commission unanimously voted (vote: 5-0) approval on First Reading and requested that the Applicant meet with City Staff (Parking, Greenspace Management, Parks and Recreation) and concerned neighbors to find a common resolution before Second Reading. The Planning and Zonning Board recommended approval with additional conditions that the Applicant be responsible to coordinate with Public Works to install and maintain landscaping and “No Parking Signs,” for swales on both sides of Cordova St, from Coral Way to Andalusia Ave. The landscaping must limit the availability of parking.


E.-3. 23-6795 An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for a text amendment to Appendix A “Site Specific Zoning Regulations,” Section A-94 “Snapper Creek Lakes” of the City of Coral Gables Official Zoning Code to include all types of accessory uses in the rear yard ground coverage calculation, to remove outdated Section A-94-2, and to provide consistency with the Snapper Creek Lakes’ protective covenants by increasing various setbacks; providing for severability clause, repealer provision, codification, and providing for an effective date. (01 10 24 PZB – Motion to approve as presented by the applicant, Vote 6-0) Lobbyist: Laura Russo

The Applicant’s proposed text amendments to the Site Specifics are summarized below:
 Include all accessory structures, including swimming pools, allowed by the Zoning Code for single-family residences in the rear yard ground coverage calculation;
 Increase setbacks to be consistent with the Snapper Creek Lakes’ protective covenants;
 Increase various accessory structures’ setbacks from 7’-6” to 8;’
 Update the number of boat slips; and
 Remove the repetitive Section A-94-2 from the Snapper Creek Site Specifics.

Snapper Creek Lakes was annexed into the City of Coral Gables in 1996 with the intent to retain all prior zoning provisions for the neighborhood. When annexed, site specifics regulations were also adopted to preserve the desired character of the neighborhood.

CITY COMMISSION ITEMS

F.-1. 24-6935 Update on the Blue Road bridge. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago)
F.-2. 24-6974 Discussion regarding curb maintenance. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago)
F.-3. 24-6975 Discussion regarding cleanliness on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Alhambra Circle, and potential street sweeping on Alhambra Circle. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago)

F.-4. 24-7006 Update on the City’s peafowl mitigation policy. (Sponsored by Vice Mayor Anderson)
F.-5. 24-7007 Discussion regarding homelessness. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago)
F.-6. 24-7018 Update regarding Code Enforcement matters at 2915 Coconut Grove Drive. (Sponsored by Commissioner Castro)
F.-7. 24-7081 Discussion regarding e-bike safety. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago)

F.-8. 24-7086 Discussion promoting area schools through the city’s website and offering afterschool programming such as music programs in conjunction with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.(Sponsored by Commissioner Menendez) (Co-Sponsored by Vice Mayor Anderson) (Co-Sponsored by Commissioner Castro) (Co-Sponsored by Commissioner Fernandez)
F.-9. 24-6956 A Resolution of the City Commission adopting a maintenance schedule for the City’s White Way lights. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago)
F.-10. 24-7074 A Resolution of the City Commission directing City staff to engage an executive search firm for search relating to City Manager position. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago) (Co-sponsored by Vice Mayor Anderson)
F.-11. 24-7088 A Resolution of the City Commission directing the City Manager to work with City Staff to design and implement green and white bicycle lane markings for bicycle lanes throughout the City.(Sponsored by Vice Mayor Anderson)
F.-12. 24-7092 A Resolution of the City Commission in support of the one-way conversion of Venetia Terrace between Columbus and Granada Boulevards to facilitate construction of a pedestrian facilities for improved pedestrian safety. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago) (Co-sponsored by Vice Mayor Anderson)

CITY MANAGER ITEMS

G.-1. 24-7076 A Resolution of the City Commission granting approval of a residential waiver (by a four-fifths vote of the City Commission) for James Gueits (Nominated by Interim City Manager Parjus), in accordance with Section 2-52(b)(2) of the City Code, to serve as a member of the Coral Gables Retirement Board – General Employees, for a two (2) year term, which begins on June 1, 2023 and through May 31, 2025.

H.-1. 24-7064 A Resolution of the City Commission calling a Special Election on the proposed non-binding straw ballot question to be held on August 20, 2024; providing for submission of a non-binding straw ballot question to the electors related to the possible annexation of Little Gables; providing for requisite ballot language; providing for procedure for balloting; providing for notice; providing for related matters; and providing for an effective date.

Before deciding whether to proceed with the submission of an annexation application to Miami Dade County, the City Commission wishes to obtain input from Coral Gables residents via a non-binding straw ballot question on the August 20th primary election ballot, as articulated in Resolution No. 2023-366. Pursuant to section 6.03 of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter, as well as the City Charter and Chapter 18 of the City Code, the City Commission is authorized to submit straw ballot questions to the electors of the City. The City Commission shall retain the authority to decide whether to proceed with annexation notwithstanding the results of the special election.



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  1. The residents were deceived in the last election. They didn’t win, because the over-developers
    still control the Planning and Zoning Board. Look at some of the Board members. Look at Robert Behar, an attorney who represents developers. Look at Alex Bucelo, who received thousands of dollars from outsiders in the last election. The over-developers want members on the Board who keep giving out Med Bonus as candy on their gravy train.

    The residents will no longer be deceived. They see what the over-developers are up to.

    The City Manager or the Commissioners must take their gravy train off the railroad tracks and provide members on the Planning and Zoning Board who stand for RESPONSIBLE development.

    The last election was to put the City’s train back on the right tracks. Get the right train going!!!

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