Plan Nobe, Miami Beach, FL.



Jason King, leading the Dover, Kohl & Partners Team, led a multi-disciplinary team to create a Master Plan for the North Beach District of Miami Beach and recommended an economic and revitalization strategy. Plan NoBe provides the basis for public policy in the North Beach area regarding physical development. The Plan establishes priorities for public-sector action while simultaneously providing direction for complementary private-sector decisions. The Plan and its guidelines serve as a tool to evaluate new development proposals, direct capital improvements, and to guide public policy in a manner that ensures North Beach continues to be the community that its residents want it to be. The Plan contains illustrative plans, diagrams, maps, and pictures to make concepts clear and accessible to City officials, residents, developers, community groups, and other stakeholders.


The Process: Direct community input shaped the ideas and recommendations found in Plan NoBe. The public process began in November 2015 with a kickoff session to introduce the community to the project and the consultant team and included a trolley tour of key sites in the area. The design process centered around a Charrette—an intensive, open planning process that combines hands-on community brainstorming with “designing in public.” In February 2016, the team set up a week-long Open Design Studio at the Byron Carlyle Theater where the team met with more than 1,000 interested residents and stakeholders.


Status: The Plan was adopted by City Council in October 2016. Based on the Plan’s recommendations, a voter referendum was passed increasing the FAR for the Town Center and new development guidelines are underway. In addition, four new historic districts were designated, nearly doubling the number of historic structures receiving protection in Miami Beach.

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