For Immediate Release:
January 24, 2013

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Board of County Commissioners approves ordinance safeguarding discrepancies relating to Planning and Zoning

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Spearheaded by Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, the Board of County Commissioners have signed off on an ordinance providing that Miami-Dade County retains jurisdiction to modify or delete covenants pertaining to zoning applications approved by the Board of County Commissioners. The ordinance protects covenants approved as part of zoning or CDMP applications by requiring any modifications to be approved by the BCC in areas that have been annexed or incorporated subsequent to the approval of the covenant. Applicants must seek the approval of the municipality before pursuing the approval of the County Commission.

“Now, the residents of our County will be protected against disparities in the Zoning and Planning of individual municipalities.” said Commissioner Diaz. “It will give us an oversight to ensure that promises made to residents at zoning hearings in connection with a specific application are respected in future annexations or incorporations.”

This ordinance requires as a condition that each new municipality provide the Board of County Commissioners jurisdiction over any modification or deletions to covenants accepted by the same Board or a Community Zoning Appeals Board, regardless of whether such declaration provides for modification or deletion by a municipality governmental body.

For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz's office at 305-599-1200.


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