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Zoning changes are now allowing property owners to build efficiency apartments

Homeowners can add rental units to their new homes with the revised zoning changes

The, Miami-Dade County Commissioners permitted legislation that makes it easier to include apartments in suburban homes. This change is supported by housing advocates who want to create more economical rentals.

The proposal was approved 5-2, with opponents cautioning that looser zoning rules would cause traffic and parking problems in neighborhoods designed.

Here's more on the zoning changes:

About the legislation

According to the ordinance’s sponsor, Raquel Regalado, this change can be a way to take the housing standards up a notch that will allow individuals to rent one-room efficiencies legally.

These zoning changes are only applicable to properties outside the city limits. Per sources it covers nearly 40% of Miami-Dade’s residential units. Moreover, this law change will allow new construction of residential units.

Passing the ordinance allows property owners to easily build rental units within their properties.

The new law might have some improvements, but it still demands homeowners acquire building permits and administrative approval for their new units.

The voting for the legislation

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Although Miami-Dade Commissioners voted in favor, the voting didn’t seem like the change would pass. Rene Garcia and Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz voted against the ordination. Even Commissioner Jean Monestime voted against it for the first time, but the commissioner switched on a revote.

Some residents have warned the officials about the problems that may arise due to the new law.

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