Miami Commissioner Says ‘Greedy Developers’ Must Build More Parking

February 8, 2022·137 Comments

A Miami commissioner has come out in strong support of a proposal that would force developers to build more parking, according to the Herald.

Joe Carollo told the paper that allowing developers to build with fewer parking spaces only benefits "greedy developers who want to maximize profits."

"We do not have in place anything like what they have in other big cities in terms of public transportation," Carollo said. "People in Miami are going to use their vehicles."

Carollo would not admit to being behind the proposed legislation, only saying he had previously spoken to city staff about the issue.

No one else in the city would say who was behind the proposal, including City Manager Art Noriega, who is listed as the applicant on the legislation.

Another commissioner, Manolo Reyes, also said he was in favor of requiring more parking than currently required "with some exceptions."

That makes at least two out of five Miami commissioners potentially in favor of the proposal.

At a meeting last week, Miami’s Planning and Zoning Board voted 9-2 against the plan, with one board member calling the proposal "garbage." The two board members in favor of requiring more parking were Carollo appointees.

Despite the board’s vote, the decision will ultimately rest with Miami’s Commission.

The Miami 21 zoning code currently allows developers who are building near mass transit such as Metrorail or Metromover to apply for a waiver allowing a reduction of either 50% or 30% from minimum parking requirements.

A Miami 21 zoning task force had even recommended further reduction of minimum parking requirements in order to spur more affordable housing and encourage transit use – the opposite of what is being proposed.

Under the proposal, 50% parking reductions near transit would be eliminated, while 30% reductions would only be permitted by a special commission vote for each development, making approval much more difficult.

Smaller developments on lots under 10,000 square feet can currently ask for a 100% parking waiver, but would be required to build parking under the new legislation.

A vote by Miami’s Commission on the issue hasn’t yet been scheduled.

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William
19 hours ago

Carollo is consistently one of the worst elected officials.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Does loco Joe still beat his wife?

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Agree 100%! How about doing something on mass transit instead of forsing developers to build more parking. Commissioners, do your [email protected]

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Livin' off A1A
17 hours ago

The problem is that the buildings will be built in record time >>> and then still no Transit as we will have to have another 10y of "studies". Regardless, the buildings will be 20y+ old before any transit is actually added.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Carollo is like that gnat that you keep swatting but just cant get rid of. A block to city progress on multiple fronts.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

This is all Joe Carollo and his absolutely dumb on-going feud with Bill Fuller.

Fuller has done an incredible job restoring properties in Little Havana and putting in some great authentic spots like Ball and Chain and Los Altos. Almost all of his properties are smaller-scale and not assemblages. He directly benefits from the genius parking exemptions that Andrew Frey helped push through years ago (within 500ft of transit corridor, bldg under 10k sf).

But Fuller supported Carollo’s opponent 4 years ago, and ever since Carollo has acted like a toddler. Guy would park outside Ball and Chain and harass folks from his car all night long.

Carollo is a vindictive nut job who deserves to be in a mental institution, not on a city commission. I’m beyond disappointed he won re-election with his pandering to the elderly Cubans in his district. He must go!

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Carollo is going to cost Miami millions of dollars after everyone sues Joe and this corrupt council / city attorney.

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DWNTWNR
17 hours ago

There’s already a lawsuit filed for $28M. I can only imagine legislation like this will add to that figure.

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

sad part is that the guy will still make it through reelections either until he is physically cant work or those old cubans die

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Crazy Joe must go

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

Both of them, if you know what I mean.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

the solution isnt hard. INVEST IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

Who should pay for it?
Who’s money?

I think every "We Need" on this forum should pay for public transportation divide up the initial capital investment, and then each person who rides it, should pay for their own fair share fare.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Developers are building less parking because they know what an amazing public transportation system Miami is building… oh wait!

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Not Anonymous
18 hours ago

"We do not have in place anything like what they have in other big cities in terms of public transportation" -Joe Carollo
THEN PROPOSE IT AND BUILD IT

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

Well I guess the half cent gas tax for Mass Transit that was voted for and approved by the voters at least 14 years ago in MiamiDade, was just another con job done on us suckers.

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Anonymous
17 hours ago

We’ve known that for a while

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DWNTWNR
17 hours ago

The County messed it up, so now we have all these free trolleys with little to no intercity connections.

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

I don’t know what’s worse, not having a plan and botching a privately-funded monorail, or muttbrains on here who think miles of intercity extensions of a certain free low-speed people mover makes sense.

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Anonymous
9 hours ago

^ Let me guess… you want more BUSES!!!….

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

No! Not completely true, sir.

I voted AGAINST the 1/2 penny sales tax. The reasoning back then was, "how can you trust politicians and bearucrats to use the money efficiently? They will either steal it, or divvy out contracts to their brothers-in-law".

You have to have an ounce of common sense to see that coming. But common sense just isnt that common.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

so rather than city commissioners coming together to build out better public transit they just say screw it….MORE PARKING

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Robin Stan
19 hours ago

This guy is literally a troll, you cannot convince me otherwise.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

He hit his wife.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Google the tape of the 911 call. It isn’t good.

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Not Anonymous
18 hours ago

with a houseplant

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Instead of wasting billions on that dumb monorail thing, improve the metromover

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

And the metrorail

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

A private company was going to foot most of the bill on "that dumb monorail thing." Let me guess, you want the Metromover improved without charging a fare, enlarging the cars, and increasing the speed, making improvements impracticable.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

And Miami taxpayers tell Commissioners Carollo and Reyes that they need to take their Banana Republic mentality somewhere else.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Remember which party is and always will be anti-urban

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Anonymous
16 hours ago

And anti free market

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

The same party that ran cities when they grew, while the opposing party has been destroying them for fifty-plus years and would all look like the Motor City if it wasn’t for gentrification.

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

You mean the Democrat Party, who have become full-blown Mar*xists, a major component of its philosophy is to remove the distinction between city and countryside? Why do you think so many claim to be urban and hopped on board with Agenda 21 and the Seven50 Plan (i.e., an attempt to turn Florida into California)?

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

Yep.. and on Dec 1 2007, the DOW dropped to 680 and on the same day the Feds declared the U.S. was in a recession.

Thank gawd a Democrat named Barack Obama became president in 2009.

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Anonymous
11 hours ago

LOL

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Crazy Joe for a reason…

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Anonymous
17 hours ago

If you force developers to build more parking capacity than the market demands, they will just pass those costs onto renters pushing rents higher. Considering the state of Miami’s rental market, maybe policies that incentive a decrease in project costs should be prioritized.

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DWNTWNR
17 hours ago

The Herald article said $60,000 per parking space to construct, and we wonder why units are expensive.

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

Read the high cost of free parking. Economically it simply doesn’t make sense. In every sense parking minimums and free parking are bad

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Carollo is a bitch. Who really voted for this guy anyways.

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

Almost nobody, local election turnout is dreadfully low, literally in the thousands. It doesn’t take much to sway that

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Anonymous
17 hours ago

But it doesn’t change the fact that he gets voted in by the same low rent people in Little Havana all the time because they fear getting priced out. We are concentrating too many resources to help save the boomer and Gen X people who are failures, can we please make way for the next generation and allow Little Havana to Gentrify. Lets get it over with already!

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

But it doesn’t change the fact the majority of who lives in his district can’t vote anyway.

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Anonymous
25 minutes ago

The old homeowners in Little Havana are failures? You came up with this before or after you had to remind your roommate to pay his share of this month’s rent on your Brickell apt.?

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Anonymous
15 hours ago

less than 3,000 voters. all the abuelitas who he gives food to with our tax $$$.

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

Ya those Jose Marti Park food drives are pure voter bribery…his face is plastered all over the place like some dictator!

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Anonymous
6 hours ago

It’s like the Obamaphone.

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

Who’s onboard with recalling this idiot!

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Woody
19 hours ago

Let’s all vote these dumbasses out of office.

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

Good luck. Dumbasses re-voted him back in !!!!

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Anonymous
17 hours ago

Just wait for 2024……and voting major dumbasses BACK INTO office.

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

Greedy commissioners keep stealing transit money for pet projects!

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

If Carollo was a Democrap, I bet you would be head over heels for his proposed "iconic" lipstick-on-a-pig Metromover Station renovations, because that’s what Cuomo and DeBozo did in NYC with Penn Station and LaGuardia Airport, ignoring the issues that needed to be fixed for both.

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Anonymous
9 hours ago

I would fix Penn station and LaGuardia airport in NYC if I had the time, but right now I’m too busy lying for the fuhrer Donald Trump.

– Giuliani

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

Parking is a TNM trigger word.

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

Carollo said. "People in Miami are going to use their vehicles."

Sounds more like an obligation! Build a public transportation system then and people won’t need to use cars!

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Anonymous
15 hours ago

I’ve lived here for a few years but the lack of transit is really annoying, coming from Boston and then New York. I was hoping to make Miami permanent but it’s impossible to seamlessly traverse the neighborhoods like it is in other cities.

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Anonymous
6 hours ago

"Impossible to seamlessly traverse"?
Impossible?

Wow! I must be a Superhero!
It comes so easily to me.

Im going to set up an online tutorial to help people ot called, "Seamless Neighborhood Traversing: A Masterclass"

Here is a teaser:
#1. Download App. #2. Link to your bank #3. Hail an Alto, Uber, Lyft, or Taxi

See not impossible!

[Note: if you moved from Boston and/or New York without a smartphone or bank account, you can take the bus ]
Not impossible.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

How absurd

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

Somebody’s getting greased by the auto dealers…

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Anonymous
15 hours ago

Brickell Motors right on Calle Ocho

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Ciparoo
17 hours ago

I mean in the short term he’s not wrong. But long term and big picture, dense clusters need to have public transportation. More and more of Miami is becoming these dense clusters.

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

There’s no Cuban Mafia in Miami !!! Said absolutely nobody EVER ! LMAO The story names two of the 3 Comemierda’s, Psycho Joe and his circle jerk buddy Reyes. Where is De La Pinga ??? 2 of the zoning board members appointed by Psycho voted for it… yet he claims no knowledge ??!!! They don’t even try to hide it anymore !!! How many checks have you graverobbing politicians cashed ??!!!! #PrisonForCrookedPoliticians

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

Is that you Mary Coen?

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DJL Cyber
18 hours ago

Here’s a suggestion, Carollo. Grow up.

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Anonymous
17 hours ago

And resign.

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DJL Cyber
14 hours ago

That too.

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Anonymous
15 hours ago

In these high rise condos what % of residents live full-time in Miami? Versus out of country or out of state investors who may or may not even have a car to park.

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Realtalk Reilly
15 hours ago

I REPEAT my request that TNM start requiring people to register to post under these articles, with an assigned username. It doesn’t have to be your real name, obviously. But you should only be allowed to post under one name.

It is patently obvious under some of these articles that a few people who are obsessive about a particular issue — like mass transit, for example — will post over and over again, often repeatedly and redundantly posting multiple replies to the same comments, in order to create a false impression there are more people who agree with them or share their obsession.

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Anonymous
14 hours ago

lol everyone I disagree with is a fake, maybe you’re just wrong?

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

Let me guess, you support mandatory vaccination, male genital mutilation, and banning tobacco while legalizing weed.

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Anonymous
11 hours ago

You got all of that by reading their comment? You should be a psychic!

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Anonymous
42 minutes ago

^^let me guess, you spend your life obsessed with ASSumptions.

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Anonymous
9 hours ago

In Japan almost all the routes were built and run by private companies. Why can’t we do the same here?

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Anonymous
17 hours ago

Less parking is better because the limited supply drives up the cost of parking which helps to keep the riffraff out

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