Surfside Corridor Analysis

The Town of Surfside noticed high interest in redevelopment of the corridor between Collins and Harding Avenues. In an effort to stay ahead of the new construction, there was interest to prepare criteria to help guide future development into the desired development pattern. CGA prepared an analysis and zoning criteria which included the following:

  • Preparation of new zoning criteria and comparison of existing conditions
  • A review of green book traffic engineering standards as well as Miami-Dade County and FDOT as it relates to mid-block accessibility, walkways, pedestrian activity
  • Impacts to existing buildings and strategies for potential non-conformities such as if there is a modification to an existing building, under what circumstances would the entire development need to be brought up to the proposed code
  • Consistency of new criteria with comprehensive plan
  • Consistency of new criteria with other sections of the zoning code such as off-street parking, signs, accessory structures, conditional uses, landscaping
  • Requirements for open space in terms of landscaping, public space
  • Coordination with legal in terms of vested rights, reduced density or intensity resulting from new zoning criteria
  • Design criteria for pedestrian walkways

Tamarac Corridor Study

The Redevelopment Study focused on key commercial areas within Tamarac. Three primary areas of opportunity were identified with unique marketing, economic development, urban design and land use strategies. The study included planning and design strategies intent on (a) positioning the City’s commercial areas to be more competitive for redevelopment opportunities; (b) identifying current and future market demand within the City’s commercial areas; (c) identifying the ten-year potential for key uses and activities within the City; (d) recommending zoning patterns to promote sustainable transit-oriented development principles; and (e) reflecting green principles for redevelopment. The final study provided recommendations to target specific market sectors and made recommendations to better-situate the City in a highly competitive redevelopment market, with a focus on increasing economy, live-work, livability, walkability, sustainability and aesthetic qualities to serve as attractors for commercial investment and a new generation of home-buyers.

Wilton Manors Urban Form & Density Study

As an effort to plan for the future of the city’s urban form, CGA investigated the form and density of the city’s past development to perceive what uncapitalized availability and intensity allowances still existed. The Urban Form & Density Study developed strategies for density increasement while controlling building form with requirements that not only served to protect the perception of the village-character that Wilton Manors is recognized for but also to protect the scale of the abutting single-family use, while increasing the quality-of-life conditions that lack throughout the City.

CGA developed and performed a public engagement strategy to gauge the public’s interests through a series of outreach meetings that communicated to the residents the team’s findings. CGA secured valuable input on how and where the City may be looking to increase intensity. Lastly, CGA was able to demonstrate how opportunities of economic, urban development can be implemented throughout the City. All these critical points were overwhelmingly approved by the City and a majority of the residents. The success of the approval process relied on the extensiveness of the public outreach process and its extensive use of detailed illustrations of development scenarios and design guidelines that clearly communicated the intent of the plan.

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