Miami-Dade County will finally have a streamlined permitting process. Thanks to the full support of my colleagues on the County Commission, we advanced two initiatives that will significantly cut bureaucratic red tape and facilitate economic growth in our community.
After meeting with residents, stakeholders, and businesses subjected to and frustrated by the County’s antiquated permitting system, it’s evident that a more accessible, transparent, and user-friendly system is crucial for our community’s economic vitality. Today, we are acknowledging these concerns and actively taking steps to address them. In fact, our efforts have garnered support from key industry leaders. Gustavo Cabrera, President of the Latin Builders Association, captures the essence of these initiatives by stating, “Creating greater efficiencies in the permitting process is a central focus of advocacy for the Latin Builders Association, and we applaud and support Commissioner Cabrera’s efforts to advance initiatives that can enhance the process and provide a predictable permit-issuance timeline for builders.'”
The first initiative establishes a centralized online web-based portal and physical facility, offering convenient access to permit information and tracking approval statuses. By consolidating resources, the permitting process will be more efficient and accessible. This streamlined approach, removing the obstacles and frustrations typically associated with acquiring permits, is designed to encourage more individuals and businesses to engage with the system, ensuring higher compliance and an overall safer community.
The second initiative offers an optional, paid program for faster reviews of water and sewer extensions. This program includes safeguards to speed up approvals for those who opt in, without compromising the standard process for others, including affordable housing projects. The revenue from this program will go back into improving County services and making the entire permitting process more efficient for everyone.
For our community to thrive, we must embrace innovation and foster an environment that allows small businesses to flourish. We are setting an aggressive timeline to implement these reforms: our community can’t wait anymore! We must
also increase transparency and accountability to promote an environment of trust between the government and our community. With this improved permitting system, residents can easily track the progress of their applications, ensuring that decisions are made promptly and fairly.
As we progress, I promise to continue seeking novel ways to improve government and cut the red tape. Together, we will build a Miami-Dade County that fosters innovation, embraces progress, and provides its residents with the tools to succeed. I look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Daniella Levine Cava on improving our permitting process and addressing the issues that affects our County.
As always, our office is available to answer any questions regarding permitting and eligibility for these programs. Please call us at 305-267-6377, email us at District6@miamidade.gov, or @KMCabreraFL on your favorite social media platform.