Comprehensive Plan Update 2023

Village of Palmetto Bay Comprehensive Plan Update

Florida Administrative Code Rule Chapter 73C-49 requires municipalities to evaluate its Comprehensive Plan at least every seven years to determine whether the need exists to amend the comprehensive plan to reflect changes in state requirements since the last time the comprehensive plan was updated.   A Comprehensive Plan is a policy document that reflects a local government’s broad land-use policies and establishes the municipality’s levels of service required for new development.

On July 19, 2022, the Village Council adopted Resolution No. 2022-66 accepting the Comprehensive Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR).    The EAR outlined the required statutory amendments.    

Prior to this current process, the Village had not completed a thorough Comprehensive Plan update since 2010.    Furthermore, the Village’s Comprehensive Plan still reflected many “copy and paste” policies from the Miami-Dade County Comprehensive Development Master Plan that do not reflect the Village’s sense of place and vision.

On January 9, 2023, the Village of Palmetto Bay engaged with Stantec to update the Village’s Comprehensive Plan.  Village staff has worked closely with Stantec to create a draft Comprehensive Plan that allows the Village to come into compliance with State requirements and create a Comprehensive Plan that reflects the unique nature of the Village. 

Public Participation

The Comprehensive Plan update included public participation.    The public were presented with different mediums to provide feedback early in the process.    On April 1, 2023, a public workshop was held.  A postcard went to every property in the Village and there were multiple social media and newsletter items inviting the public.    The meeting was also streamed live over social media.  Over 25 participants were in attendance.     Participants were divided into three groups where they focused on each element (chapter) of the Comprehensive Plan.    This activity was well received and provided a lot of detailed insight from residents and property owners.   

Additionally, an interactive website was launched that allowed users to provide comments on an interactive map.   Other users could click an icon to agree or disagree with the comments provided on the map.    283 unique users visited the interactive website and there was a total of 36 comments.   

On May 15, 2023, the Village Council held a discussion regarding the Comprehensive Plan at the Zoning Hearing.   The Council provided feedback and suggestions for inclusion in the plan.  

The Village Council will review the draft comprehensive plan at its September 18, 2023 Zoning meeting.     Village staff will present the final document at a public hearing in late 2023/early 2024.  This final document will be included on this page.

The Draft will be presented to the Village Council at the Local Planning Agency Meeting on Monday, December 18, 2023 at 7:00pm. Please find attached drafted document and staff report below.