Biscayne Park Planning Board Approves Various Homeowner Proposals

The Biscayne Park Planning Board recently convened to deliberate on several homeowner proposals, including building permits, fence and roof applications, and driveway modifications. Notable items included the approval of a metal fence on Northeast 115 Street, a second-floor addition on Northeast 119 Street, and a flat roof addition on Northeast 8th Court. The board also advised on parking requirements for a single-family home, including the option for tandem parking spaces and the homeowner’s ability to sketch plans without an architect. Additionally, the board guided a homeowner on a previously tabled metal roof installation, confirming that the proposed design met the required criteria.

During the meeting, the proposal for a five-foot high metal fence on Northeast 115 Street was approved after clarification that the existing chain link fence belonged to the neighboring property. The fence design, featuring horizontal slats and a matching black gate, was accepted without further debate.

The addition on Northeast 119 Street also saw progress, with the applicant presenting new drawings that showed a reduced second-floor roof thickness, aligning with the board’s requirements. Upon reviewing the changes, the proposal was swiftly approved.

A flat roof addition on Northeast 8th Court was also on the agenda. The board approved the design, contingent on the homeowner securing a separate permit for the addition. This stipulation emphasizes the board’s adherence to proper permitting procedures.

Homeowners seeking guidance on driveway installations received specific advice. At 717 Northeast 11th Street, the resident was informed about the requirement for the driveway and approach to be of matching material and the need to comply with the front yard percentage rule. Another discussion focused on the parking requirements for a single-family home. The board underscored the necessity of two parking spaces on the property, which could be placed in tandem, and clarified that detailed sketches by the homeowner could suffice in lieu of professional architectural plans.

The board revisited a metal roof application for a property on Northeast 116 Street, previously tabled due to missing documentation. The homeowner was directed to submit the required form detailing overhangs and fascia to ensure compliance with the metal roof criteria.

In a separate case, a homeowner with a previously tabled or denied metal roof installation presented their permit application. The board engaged in a technical review of the design, including overhang measurements and roof pitch, and ultimately found the roof to be within the acceptable range for a metal roof.

Discussions around driveway placement and dimensions were also prominent. One homeowner presented a survey and engaged in a dialogue with the board about the necessary dimensions and layout to accommodate multiple vehicles. Consistent border and cylinder dimensions were emphasized, as well as adherence to specific standards.

A detailed examination of one property’s layout led to a debate about the design of an existing building. An architect proposed adding a new structure to be used as a game room, gym, or workshop. The board and architect navigated the zoning regulations and design preferences, highlighting the homeowner’s wish to be creative while remaining compliant.

Additionally, a homeowner at Northeast 120th Street sought approval for a change in roof color. The board members considered the shade, manufacturer’s specifications, and reflectivity concerns. Approval was granted pending chair approval of the final color selection.

Deliberations on construction permits, including asphalt driveway changes, gate replacements, and fence installations, were also undertaken, with particular attention to the impervious percentage of driveways.

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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