Demystifying Zoning Categories in Miami: A Comparative Analysis of Unit Allowances

The exploration of Miami's zoning continues, and this time, we're examining a critical component: the total units allowed within different zoning categories. A visual representation has been created to provide an intuitive comparison between three categories: All Overlays, T6 (No Overlay), and D1-T5 (No Overlay).

Understanding the Categories and their Significance

The "All Overlays" category comprises all the zoning districts that fall under the RDIA overlay. An 'overlay' in zoning terms refers to a specific geographical area where certain additional rules apply, along with the underlying zoning regulations. The sheer number of units allowed in these districts, indicated by the bar's height, is the highest among the three categories under consideration.

The category "T6 (No Overlay)" specifically represents the T6 zoning districts, excluding those under an overlay. These zones are integral to Miami's urban landscape, primarily hosting high-density residential and mixed-use buildings.

"D1-T5 (No Overlay)" stands for all the zoning districts ranging from D1 to T5, excluding any that are under an overlay. This category provides a varied mix of zoning districts, each with its unique character, encapsulating industrial workplaces, residential areas, and mixed-use zones.

A Visual Comparison and Implications

The graph offers a visually clear comparison between the total units allowed in each category. As per our analysis, the category 'All Overlays' allows for the maximum number of units, at approximately 388,884 units. This is closely followed by 'T6 (No Overlay)' with approximately 359,157 units, and 'D1-T5 (No Overlay)' trailing with an allowance of approximately 295,620 units.

This quantitative breakdown serves as an insightful resource for urban planners, architects, and developers, offering a perspective on the scale of potential development across various zoning categories in Miami.

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Author Olivia Ramos
Founder and CEO of Deepblocks, holds master's degrees in Architecture from Columbia University and Real Estate Development from the University of Miami. Her achievements before Deepblocks include designing Big Data navigation software for the Department of Defense's DARPA Innovation House and graduating from Singularity University's Global Solutions and Accelerator programs.