Biscayne Park Planning Board Addresses Building Height Concerns

At a recent Biscayne Park Planning Board meeting, a discussion centered around the proposed increase in height for a structure, which had already secured preliminary approval from the city. The board scrutinized the necessity of adding 10 feet to the existing structure, weighing the building’s massiveness against the aesthetic and structural norms of the neighborhood. The proposed changes to a building permit, including substantial structural alterations such as the extension of the second floor, the addition of an elevator, and changes to the roof height, also sparked a debate among board members.

The board’s concerns regarding the proposed increase in height of the structure were a focal point, with discussions highlighting the contrast between the proposed addition and the existing house. The addition’s potential impact on the neighborhood’s character was a key issue, prompting board members to suggest design changes. The board encouraged the applicant to integrate their feedback, which included possible alterations to the structure’s massing and elevations, to ensure the project would blend more seamlessly with its surroundings.

As the meeting progressed, the board debated the approval process for building permits and revisions. Members expressed confusion about the correct submission process, particularly whether to submit a full set of drawings or only the architectural aspects for approval. They underscored the importance of submitting complete permit applications to avoid unnecessary complications and emphasized seeking approval before investing in additional architectural drawings. The board recommended submitting a partial revision for preliminary approval, emphasizing careful planning and review.

The discussion then shifted to a second preliminary review of construction plans for a property on Northeast 11th Place. The board and property owner examined the changes to the existing structure and proposed converting it into a single-family home with an addition to the front. The preservation of trees and considerations for setbacks and architecture were discussed. Board members advised the property owner to return with detailed renders and elevations for further review.

The board also addressed a permit application for new windows and doors on a property on Northeast 8th Avenue. Concerns were raised about the windows being installed prior to permit approval. After discussing the variance request and potential implications of denying the permit, the board approved the application, highlighting the process and implications of approving permits for existing constructions.

Additionally, the board approved several property-related issues, such as a driveway proposal for 528 Northeast 121st Street, a gravel driveway at 11105 Northeast 19th Street, and a color change for a property at 11443 Northeast 6th Avenue. They also gave the go-ahead for the installation of a carport at 11638 Northeast 7th Avenue, a new pool construction, and a new roofing system for properties located on Northeast 20th Street, and the demolition of an existing structure and septic tank on Northeast 19th Street.

During the discussion on parking requirements, the board clarified the need for adequate parking spaces on properties and discouraged parking on the Swale. They also discussed the importance of maintaining existing parking spaces in good condition and suggested using online platforms or driving around for contractor recommendations.

The board also evaluated a non-conforming driveway on Northeast 119th Street, where the property owners proposed to restore the driveway to its original state. The board emphasized the need for compliance with the current code and asked the property owners to outline the gravel with borders and to submit the necessary forms and calculations for approval.

In reviewing the various property improvement proposals, the board highlighted the necessity of obtaining accurate surveys for property setbacks and thorough documentation in construction projects. They deliberated on the cost and necessity of certain property improvements, including a two-story addition for a staircase.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Jonathan E. Groth
Planning Board Officials:
Gage Hartung, Edward Levya, Scarlet Hammons, David Gruen

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