Planning Board Staff Report




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

Hearing Date

May 26, 2011

Meeting Time

7:00 P.M.

File Number


Folio Number



Miami Country Day School Inc, 601 NE 107th Street, Miami FL 33161-7165


Gary Butts, 601 NE 107th Street, Miami FL 33161-7165


Michael McGuinn, 100 N Biscayne Boulevard, 27th Floor, Miami, FL 33132-2306

Property Address

10653 NE 6th Avenue

Legal Description

GOLF VIEW EST CORR PL PB 41-58 LOTS 1 & 2 LOT SIZE 190.540 X 150 OR 14944-2127-25 0191 6 OR 14944-2137 0191 03

Property Size-Sq Ft


Building Adjusted Sq Ft


Flood Zone





Future Land Use Designation


Existing Use


Comprehensive Plan Consistency


Existing Structure

1-story; N/A bed/N/A bath

Year Built




Special Approvals, Sections 600; Sec. 604; Sec. 605:

Sec. 518 (b) : Fences in the front yard.

ARTICLE VII. ERRORS AND VARIANCES; Sec. 702 Hardship variances:  Sec 518. Fences walls and hedges. (a) Maximum height.

Special Approvals, Sec. 600: Sec. 523: Sec. 504. Signs. Wall signs.

Action Required

Approve, Approve with Conditions, or Deny the application

Other Required Approvals

Village Building Permits


Staff Report

David A. Dacquisto AICP, Director, Planning and Zoning

Report Date

May 11, 2011





The applicant has applied for site plan approval for a fence in the front yard and a variance to fence height to allow a 6 foot ornamental metal fence in the front yard, side and rear yards.  The ornamental metal fence will have masonry columns.


The proposed fence will be located in the front yard along NE 6th Avenue and in the side yard along NE 107th Street.  The zoning code limits fences to a maximum of 5 feet in the side and rear yards and 3.5 feet in height in the front yard.


The applicant has also applied for a sign permit for a monument sign.


The  monument sign would be located at the corner of NE 6th Avenue and NE 107th Street.  The monument sign is set outside the site triangle.


The  monument sign is of concrete masonry construction with a coral rock veneer.


The primary sign lettering  is 1 foot high and 22 feet long.  The sign also includes a 3 foot diameter metal school seal.


The monument sign has a 9 foot pillar on one end and a 7 foot pillar on the other.  The monument itself is 6 feet in height.  The overall length of the monument sign including pillars measured on an arc is approximately 50 feet.  The monument sign is approximately 42 feet when measured straight across.




The applicant has responded in the application to the criteria upon which the Planning and Zoning Board will consider the application.


Staff finds that the application meets the criteria upon which the Planning Board may consider approval of the hardship variance request.  A school has unique concerns regarding the safety of students and staff.  An increase in fence height would allow an added factor of safety.


The monument sign and its mirror image on the north side of NE 107th Street are to identify the school only and are not to be construed as establishing NE 107th Street as a private street.  NE 107th Street remains a public street.


The proposal is consistent with the technical provisions of the Zoning Code except as noted.




Planning and Zoning staff recommend APPROVAL of the site plan, sign and variance applications with a finding that they are consistent with the technical provisions of the code and that  they meet the requirements for consideration of a variance as listed in the Code under Section 702.  However, the Planning Board must make a finding that the proposed improvements are harmonious with the community, as required in Section 523 of the Code and, in that regard, may add further conditions or delete or modify staff recommended conditions, deny the application, or continue the item for future consideration.  Should the board find that the applicant merits approval, staff recommends that the following conditions apply:


1)      Applicant to meet all applicable code provisions at the time of permitting.

2)      This zoning permit will lapse and become invalid unless the work for which it was approved is started within one (1) year of the signing of the development order by the board chair, or if the work authorized by it is suspended or abandoned for a period of at least one (1) year.