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2011-21-263 - Green Code 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 City of Miami Gardens Zoning Agenda Memo Zoning Board Meeting Date: October 5, 2011 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading x x Public Hearing: (Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No x Funding Source: (Enter Fund & Dept) Advertising Requirement: Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: X Strategic Plan Related: Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image Communication Strategic Plan Obj./Strategy: X N/A Sponsor Name: Dr. Danny Crew, City Manager Department: Planning and Zoning Department Short Title: ORDINANCE NO. 2011____ AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, IMPLEMENTING THE CITY’S “GREEN CODE” AMENDMENT TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; AMENDING SECTION 34‐376, RELATING TO SUPPLEMENTAL PARKING; AMENDING SECTION 34‐414 RELATING TO DESIGN STANDARDS FOR MULTI‐FAMILY DISTRICTS; AMENDING SECTION 34‐415 RELATING TO DESIGN STANDARDS FOR PLANNED CORRIDOR DISTRICTS AND NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS; AMENDING SECTION 34‐445 RELATING TO LANDSCAPE BUFFERS, AMENDING SECTION 34‐531; AMENDING SECTION 34‐532 RELATING TO EXPEDITED PERMITS; AMENDING SECTION 34‐ 534 RELATING TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE BONUS; AMENDED SECTION 34‐591 RELATING TO MIX‐USE REGULATIONS; AMENDING SECTION 34‐592 RELATING TO MINIMAL DWELLING AREA REQUIREMENTS; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN CODE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE ITEM 9-A) ORDINANCE SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING Green Code “Green Code” LDR Amendments PH‐2011‐000068 Staff Summary: UBackground In 2010 the City received an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the federal government. As a condition of the Grant, the City was required to develop an Energy Efficiency Conservation Strategy document (EECS) that outlined its long‐term commitment to energy efficiency. One of the activities reflected in the EECS was an analysis of the City’s Zoning Codes with the intent to drive future development towards a more energy efficient focus. A major piece of the analysis was the City’s recently adopted Zoning Code, especially the, Planned Corridor Development zoning district along the city’s major arterial roadways. The Zoning Code Analysis was completed by Shaw Environmental, the consulting firm hired by the City to complete the EECS and assist the City with the adoption of Zoning Code amendments. UCurrent Situation Given the recent adoption of the Zoning Code (April 2010), a number of the consultant’s suggestions for design criteria and standards had already been incorporated into the document. Notwithstanding, many of the consultant’s recommended amendments are proposed in order to enhance the Code’s energy efficiency provisions. These amendments are considered to be minor in nature. The proposed amendments are primarily focused on developments that would take place in the Planned Corridor Development Zoning District and in landscape and buffer standards. The proposed Zoning Code amendments are summarized as follows: 1. Discourage the provision of extra parking spaces 2. Provide for vegetative roofs 3. Clarify LEED certification applicability 4. Incentivize expedited permitting bonus in PCD Zone 5. Clarify minimum dwelling area incentive references in the PCD Zone Proposed Action: Staff recommends that the Council approve the proposed Ordinance amendment Attachments: • Exhibit “B”, LDR Amendments “Green Code” LDR Amendments PH‐2011‐000068 EXHIBIT “B”, LDR AMENDMENTS EXHIBIT “B” LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS AMENDMENTS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY NOTE: Text additions are denoted as underlined, deletions are denoted by strikethroughs. Denotes addition to table. Sec. 34-376. -General requirements. (d) Supplemental parking. Off-street parking spaces that are provided in excess of the number required in this article are discouraged. Additional parking spaces provided , and which do not meet the standards set forth in this article, may be permitted subject to approval of an administrative variance or waiver as set forth in section 34-49. Sec. 34-414. -Design standards for multifamily districts. (3) Roof variations. Each multifamily building shall provide a change or variation in the roof line. For buildings that are less than three stories or 40 feet in height, flat roofs should be avoided where possible, unless a vegetative roof is used, and roof material should be tile, standing metal seam or other architecturally interesting material. Roof materials should have solar reflectance reflectance index (SRI) for 75% of the roof area as follows: low slope (less than 2:12) 78 SRI; steep slope (greater than 2:13) 29 SRI. Sec. 34-415. -Design standards for planned corridor district and neighborhood commercial district. (3) Roof variations. Each building shall provide a change or variation in the roof line. For buildings that are less than 41 feet in height, flat roofs should be avoided where possible, unless a vegetative roof is used, and roof material should be tile, standing metal seam or other architecturally interesting material. Roof materials should have solar reflectance index (SRI) for 75% of the roof area as follows: low slope (less than 2:12) 78 SRI; steep slope (greater than 2:13) 29 SRI. (10) Green building practices. a. Green building practices are generally consistent with the techniques used to achieve LEED certification, Green building practices are generally consistent with the techniques used to achieve LEED certification and would be LEED certifiable, but do not necessarily need to apply to have certification. have to comply with the specific criteria required for LEED certification. LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council rating system for environmentally sustainable buildings also known as leadership in environmental energy and design. Sec. 34-445. -Extra standards, exceptions. (9) Landscape buffers. A continuous landscaped greenbelt, except for penetrations for permitted ingress and egress points at the width set forth in the article shall be provided within the required yard setback areas, and should be designed as stormwater filters or bioswales in compliance to the following standards, except as otherwise be permitted as set forth in article XV of this chapter: Section 34-531. Schedule of development incentives. Available incentive bonuses Development features that qualify for incentives Building on 15’ build-toline Mixed-use development Compliant architecture Urban open space Market-rate housing Transit Infrastructure Sustainable Buildings 50% Credit Option 100% Credit Option Increase impervious area (see Section 34-532) 5% increase 10% increase 15% increase Reduce PCD arterial street LS buffer (see Section 34-532) 5 foot reduction 10 foot reduction Reduce side setback & LS buffer (see Section 34-532) 5-foot reduction Eliminate setback and buffer Reduce rear LS buffer (see Section 34-532) 2.5-foot reduction Eliminate interior parking lot LS islands (see Section 34-532) Allow drive-thru service facility (see Section 15-100) Increase height/density/FAR (see Section 15-100) 1 story increase 2 story increase 3 story increase Allow flexible parking (see Section 34-532) Reduce avg. dwelling unit area (see Section 34-532) 25 s.f. reduction 50 s.f. reduction Expedite permits (see Section 34-532) Sec. 34-532. -Specific incentive bonus regulations square feet with this incentive bonus. (j) Expedited permits bonus. The city may offer expedited permitting for building plans review, site plan review and other reviews in attempt to expedite the development or meet time constraints of the applicant, including mix-use developments and developments that are part of an master plan in accordance with Section 34-474 of this chapter. Sec. 34-534. -Rules and procedure for awarding sustainable development incentive bonus. (a) Intent and applicability. Sustainable building practices refers to building and building site design, materials and construction techniques that minimize demand for natural resources, and minimize the generation of waste products, pollution and stormwater runoff. The city's sustainable building program is a voluntary program that developers may choose to participate in, for which incentives bonuses shall be awarded. (b) Credit. Credit for sustainable ("green") building practices shall be awarded based upon qualifying site design, construction and possibly, as applicable, operational practices. Green building practices are generally consistent with the techniques used to achieve LEED certification and would be LEED certifiable, but do not necessarily need to apply to have certification. have to comply with the specific criteria required for LEED certification. LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council rating system for environmentally sustainable buildings also known as leadership in environmental energy and design. (g) Incentives. (1) Developments may satisfy all of the criteria for certification under a third party program, plus the additional point margin to be established administratively by the city for maximum possible incentive credit in table x under the "100 percent credit option." (2) Developments that qualify for at least one-half of the total number of points required for third party certification, plus the additional point margin to be established administratively by the city shall qualify for partial incentive credit in table x under the "50 percent credit option." Sec. 34-591. -Mixed-use regulations. Mixing of uses is optional. Whenever a development will contain a mix of residential and commercial uses, the mixing of uses shall be subject to the provisions of this section. (3) The ground story frontage of the building facing the PCD arterial must be designed for occupancy by "active uses." "Active uses" are any combination of permitted retail, service, food and beverage uses, or indoor entertainment uses. Section 34-414 415 includes design standards for active-use ground stories. Sec. 34-592. -Minimum dwelling area requirement. All residential dwelling units shall comply with the minimum floor area requirements of article II XI of this chapter, including minimum floor area standards. unless qualified for incentive of reduction in dwelling unit size may in accordance to Section 34-531 of this chapter.