Planning Board Staff Report

 

 

PLANNING BOARD HEARING

Miami Shores Village Town Hall  Council Chambers  10050 NE 2nd Avenue  Miami Shores

Hearing Date

March 24, 2011

 

Subject

Amendment of Section 521.6 Parking master plan.

Action Required

Recommendation to the Village Council

Staff Report

David A. Dacquisto AICP, Director, Planning and Zoning

Report Date

March 10, 2011

           

 

 

Background

 

At a public workshop on February 24, 2011, the Village Planning Board passed a motion requesting that planning staff prepare an amendment to Appendix A ZONING contained in the Miami Shores Village Code of Ordinances, DIVISION 5. OFF-STREET PARKING REQUIREMENTS*.

 

The Planning Board will consider amending the code to provide an alternative parking requirement for universities.

 

Amendments to the Zoning Appendix Contained in the Village Code of Ordinances may be initiated by the Planning Board.

 

Amending the code requires two (2) public hearings.  Should the Planning Board determine that it is in the best interests of the community to proceed with consideration of the amendment, a first reading of the proposed amendment would tentatively be held at a public hearing April 28, 2011.  The Board would then hold a second reading of the proposed amendment at a public hearing tentatively scheduled for May 26, 2011.   The public will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed amendment, a staff report will be presented including proposed language, and after consideration of the information provided, the Planning Board will make a recommendation on the amendment to be forwarded to the Village Council.

 

 

 

Analysis

 

The Village Planning Board asked staff to draft an alternative parking requirement for universities based on the preparation by the university of a Parking Master Plan.

 

Universities prepare Campus Master Plans to guide all development on campus including but not limited to existing and new buildings, site design, and parking lot design and location.

 

Staff prepared a potential amendment that builds on the work universities are already undertaking through their Campus Master Plan to provide the university with the opportunity to prepare a Parking Master Plan that would calculate the parking requirement for the university based on parking capacity monitoring and a traffic analysis report.  The title Parking Master Plan is intentionally picked rather than Campus Parking Master Plan to emphasize that parking is not only a university issue but an issue for the surrounding community and the community at large.

 

The problem with any fixed parking requirement is that situations change and the requirement remains static.

 

The advantage of establishing the parking requirement as part of a Parking Master Plan is that as the situation changes the plan may be changed to address new issues and concerns in ways that may not require additional parking.

 

 

 

Proposed Amendment

 

Should the Planning Board consider amendment of the code of ordinances to allow an alternative to the parking requirements for universities under Sec. 521. Required off-street parking, the following language is provided as an addition to the language contained within Appendix A ZONING contained in the Miami Shores Village Code of Ordinances, DIVISION 5. OFF-STREET PARKING REQUIREMENTS*.

 

Sec. 521.6.  Parking master plan. is a new section and is an addition to the code, no existing language is modified or deleted, proposed language is in italic:

 

Sec. 521.6.  Parking Master Plan.

 

Purpose and applicability.  Institutions of higher education constitute a unique mix of land uses, facilities and activities and the Village recognizes the desirability of establishing procedural and substantive regulations to govern off-street parking  on the campus to ensure that sufficient parking is provided on campus to meet the needs of students, staff and visitors, and to prevent parking issues from affecting abutting residential areas or other off-campus areas as a result of inadequate campus parking.

 

 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Sec. 521 Required off-street parking, the parking requirement for universities may be established by a Parking Master Plan, approved by the Planning Board as set forth for site plans in  ARTICLE VI SPECIAL APPROVALS  Sec. 600:

 

(a)   The university shall prepare a Parking Master Plan consistent with the University’s Campus Master Plan:

 

(1)   The Parking Master Plan shall include the following information or documentation:

 

a.      A site plan.

 

b.       Location and quantity.  The location of off-street parking shall be shown on the Parking Master Plan, and shall be provided in such amounts and areas within the development so that students, faculty, employees, and visitors will not park in or otherwise detrimentally impact abutting residential areas or other off-campus areas as a result of inadequate campus parking. In projecting parking needs, standard traffic engineering methods shall be used and consideration shall be given to daily regular users of the university, auto driver visitors, persons arriving by mass transportation, and persons being served by the university shuttle system.

 

c.      Vehicular access and circulation. Vehicular traffic flow shall be designed and oriented so that it will not detrimentally affect nearby residential neighborhoods.

 

d.      A development chart shall be provided which identifies the square footage of all existing and planned buildings and structures, the number of classrooms in each building, the number of beds in each dormitory, and the number of students and staff.  Students and staff may be further broken down to differentiate between day time and evening classes if applicable.

 

e.      A Mobility Plan as defined in Sec. 521.6. (e).

 

f.        A traffic impact study.

 

g.      Such other materials as the Planning Director or Planning Board shall determine may be required to support and demonstrate compliance with the parking standard proposed by the Parking Master Plan.

 

h.      An amendment to the Parking Master Plan shall be accompanied by either a traffic impact study or a justification why a traffic study is not warranted.

 

(b)   Parking Master Plan to govern.

 

(1)   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Miami Shores Land Development and zoning Code, and in the schedule and zoning map which form a part thereof, the adopted Parking Master Plan, shall establish the parking requirement and parking provision for the university for which it is approved.

 

(2)   No building permit will be issued for any development that is inconsistent with the Parking Master Plan and that will increase parking demand on campus or reduce available parking.

 

(3)   Approval of a building permit application for new development shall not be granted unless the university demonstrates that required parking and traffic capacity for each phase of development would be available prior to or concurrent with such development.

 

(c)   Modifications to adopted Parking Master Plan.

 

(1)   Modifications to the adopted Parking Master Plan may be approved by the Planning Board as provided for site plans in Sec. 600.

 

(2)   The University shall prepare an amended Parking Master Plan with site plan and development chart identifying all new development and changes to the approved Parking Master Plan, the parking demand generated, and the provision of parking or other actions to meet the new parking demand.

 

(d)   Development that may be approved without amendment of the Parking Master Plan.

 

(1)   The Planning Board may approve a new building or structure on campus, or any modification, relocation or reconfiguration of any building or structure included in the adopted Parking Master Plan or Campus Master Plan as provided for site plans in Sec. 600 without amendment of the Parking Master Plan provided the new development, modification, relocation or reconfiguration does not involve an increase in intensity that would raise parking demand beyond what is projected in the adopted Parking Master Plan and provided for on campus.

 

(2)   A building permit may be issued for any development approved through site plan approval upon issuance of a development order.

 

(e)   Mobility Plan:

 

(1)   Mobility. The Mobility Plan shall be consistent with the transportation element of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan and the Campus Master Plan, and shall identify specific programs to promote the use of alternative modes of transportation other than the single occupant automobile including walking, bicycles, intercampus shuttles, transit, van pools, car pools, parking management strategies and programs designed to reduce external trips and shorten trips lengths wherever possible. The Mobility Plan shall provide for management programs for on-campus parking. The Mobility Plan shall establish measurable targets for various modes of travel and identify sources and means for achieving those targets.

 

(f)     Required Reports:

 

(1)   Annual report.  On an annual basis, on or before June 1, the university shall submit an annual report to the Village setting forth any changes to the adopted Campus Master Plan that would affect the Parking Master Plan or changes to the Parking Master Plan and any actual development which has occurred in the prior calendar year or development that is planned for the next five (5)  years.

 

(2)   Parking capacity monitoring. The University shall monitor the capacity and utilization of its off-street parking facilities and perform a supply/demand analysis to assess the level of utilization, availability and appropriateness of location of campus parking facilities. The analysis shall also indicate the type of user and the extent to which parking is used jointly by different components of the campus. The results of the monitoring and analysis shall be incorporated in a Parking Impact Analysis Report prepared by a certified traffic planner or engineer to be provided by June 1, 2016, and every five (5) years thereafter as part of the Annual report for that year.

 

(3)   Annual Mobility Plan implementation report. The University shall annually submit a Mobility Plan to the Village as part of the Annual report describing implementation of the Mobility Plan with reference to the measurable objectives set out in the Mobility Plan.

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

Should the Planning Board determine that it is in the best interests of the community to amend the Miami Shores Village, Code of Ordinances, Appendix A ZONING, the Planning Board may make a motion recommending to the Village Council APPROVAL of the amendment to ARTICLE V. SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS, DIVISION 5. OFF-STREET PARKING REQUIREMENTS*;  adding Sec. 521.6.  Parking Master Plan.  Providing for the regulation of University parking, Providing for Conflicts, Providing for Severability; and, Providing for an Effective Date.  If the Board votes to recommend APPROVAL of the amendment, staff recommends that the amendment include the following language:

 

Sec. 521.6.  Parking master plan. is a new section and is an addition to the code, no existing language is modified or deleted, proposed language is in italic:

 

Sec. 521.6.  Parking Master Plan.

 

Purpose and applicability.  Institutions of higher education constitute a unique mix of land uses, facilities and activities and the Village recognizes the desirability of establishing procedural and substantive regulations to govern off-street parking  on the campus to ensure that sufficient parking is provided on campus to meet the needs of students, staff and visitors, and to prevent parking issues from affecting abutting residential areas or other off-campus areas as a result of inadequate campus parking.

 

 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Sec. 521 Required off-street parking, the parking requirement for universities may be established by a Parking Master Plan, approved by the Planning Board as set forth for site plans in  ARTICLE VI SPECIAL APPROVALS  Sec. 600:

 

(g)   The university shall prepare a Parking Master Plan consistent with the University’s Campus Master Plan:

 

(1)   The Parking Master Plan shall include the following information or documentation:

 

a.      A site plan.

 

b.       Location and quantity.  The location of off-street parking shall be shown on the Parking Master Plan, and shall be provided in such amounts and areas within the development so that students, faculty, employees, and visitors will not park in or otherwise detrimentally impact abutting residential areas or other off-campus areas as a result of inadequate campus parking. In projecting parking needs, standard traffic engineering methods shall be used and consideration shall be given to daily regular users of the university, auto driver visitors, persons arriving by mass transportation, and persons being served by the university shuttle system.

 

c.      Vehicular access and circulation. Vehicular traffic flow shall be designed and oriented so that it will not detrimentally affect nearby residential neighborhoods.

 

d.      A development chart shall be provided which identifies the square footage of all existing and planned buildings and structures, the number of classrooms in each building, the number of beds in each dormitory, and the number of students and staff.  Students and staff may be further broken down to differentiate between day time and evening classes if applicable.

 

e.      A Mobility Plan as defined in Sec. 521.6. (e).

 

f.        A traffic impact study.

 

g.      Such other materials as the Planning Director or Planning Board shall determine may be required to support and demonstrate compliance with the parking standard proposed by the Parking Master Plan.

 

h.      An amendment to the Parking Master Plan shall be accompanied by either a traffic impact study or a justification why a traffic study is not warranted.

 

(h)   Parking Master Plan to govern.

 

(1)   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Miami Shores Land Development and zoning Code, and in the schedule and zoning map which form a part thereof, the adopted Parking Master Plan, shall establish the parking requirement and parking provision for the university for which it is approved.

 

(2)   No building permit will be issued for any development that is inconsistent with the Parking Master Plan and that will increase parking demand on campus or reduce available parking.

 

(3)   Approval of a building permit application for new development shall not be granted unless the university demonstrates that required parking and traffic capacity for each phase of development would be available prior to or concurrent with such development.

 

(i)     Modifications to adopted Parking Master Plan.

 

(1)   Modifications to the adopted Parking Master Plan may be approved by the Planning Board as provided for site plans in Sec. 600.

 

(2)   The University shall prepare an amended Parking Master Plan with site plan and development chart identifying all new development and changes to the approved Parking Master Plan, the parking demand generated, and the provision of parking or other actions to meet the new parking demand.

 

(j)     Development that may be approved without amendment of the Parking Master Plan.

 

(1)   The Planning Board may approve a new building or structure on campus, or any modification, relocation or reconfiguration of any building or structure included in the adopted Parking Master Plan or Campus Master Plan as provided for site plans in Sec. 600 without amendment of the Parking Master Plan provided the new development, modification, relocation or reconfiguration does not involve an increase in intensity that would raise parking demand beyond what is projected in the adopted Parking Master Plan and provided for on campus.

 

(2)   A building permit may be issued for any development approved through site plan approval upon issuance of a development order.

 

(k)   Mobility Plan:

 

(1)   Mobility. The Mobility Plan shall be consistent with the transportation element of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan and the Campus Master Plan, and shall identify specific programs to promote the use of alternative modes of transportation other than the single occupant automobile including walking, bicycles, intercampus shuttles, transit, van pools, car pools, parking management strategies and programs designed to reduce external trips and shorten trips lengths wherever possible. The Mobility Plan shall provide for management programs for on-campus parking. The Mobility Plan shall establish measurable targets for various modes of travel and identify sources and means for achieving those targets.

 

(l)     Required Reports:

 

(1)   Annual report.  On an annual basis, on or before June 1, the university shall submit an annual report to the Village setting forth any changes to the adopted Campus Master Plan that would affect the Parking Master Plan or changes to the Parking Master Plan and any actual development which has occurred in the prior calendar year or development that is planned for the next five (5)  years.

 

(2)   Parking capacity monitoring. The University shall monitor the capacity and utilization of its off-street parking facilities and perform a supply/demand analysis to assess the level of utilization, availability and appropriateness of location of campus parking facilities. The analysis shall also indicate the type of user and the extent to which parking is used jointly by different components of the campus. The results of the monitoring and analysis shall be incorporated in a Parking Impact Analysis Report prepared by a certified traffic planner or engineer to be provided by June 1, 2016, and every five (5) years thereafter as part of the Annual report for that year.

 

(3)   Annual Mobility Plan implementation report. The University shall annually submit a Mobility Plan to the Village as part of the Annual report describing implementation of the Mobility Plan with reference to the measurable objectives set out in the Mobility Plan.