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Development Review Process

The following is a general outline of the City of Doral’s development review process for rezonings, site plans, plats, land use amendments, special exceptions, variances, conditional use, and street vacations.

1-. Schedule Pre-Application meeting Planning and Zoning Director
To provide for a more fluid development review process, all new development proposals must be presented to the Planning and Zoning Department prior to an official submittal. To set up a meeting with the Director of Planning and Zoning, contact Elizabeth Alvarez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The purpose of the meeting if for the Planning and Zoning Department to familiarize with the project and to provide comments and recommendations to the applicant prior to the submittal of the project. Staff will determine whether an application/ project will be administratively reviewed or whether it will require a Public Hearing. Please bring to the meeting, a conceptual site plan, landscape plan and survey of the property.

2.- Submittals
Completed application, relevant site plans, plats, forms, additional materials and fees are submitted to the Public Hearing Coordinator. Traffic Studies are required for all new developments. All traffic studies must conform to the City’sTraffic Impact Analysis Methodology. It is the responsibility of the applicant/developer to submit all required items and information and to ensure the submitted materials and information accurately responds to the requirements, comments and expectations. Incomplete submittals will be returned to the applicant without review.

3.- Review Process
The Public Hearing Coordinator will route copies of the submittal to other City departments. Site plans for properties less than 5 acres and T- plats are processed administratively. The review process takes approximately 15 business days.

Applicants are required to submit site plans to applicable agencies for review:

  • Commercial Site Plans
    • Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM)
    • Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department
  • Residential Site Plans
    • Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM)
    • Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department
    • Miami-Dade County School Board - Effective September 1, 2009, all residential development applications must be entered into MDCPS Concurrency Management System. Please view School Concurrency link for further details. 
  • Land Use Amendments Proposals
    • Commercial
      • Department of Solid Waste Management
    • Residential
      • Department of Solid Waste Management
      • Miami-Dade County School Board

4.- Review Comments
The Public Hearing Coordinator will forward all comments to the applicant or their designated agent. Revised plans are again reviewed by City departments and agencies, and additional comments are prepared if needed. Timely submittal of information and responses to requirements, comments and expectations will be required.

5.- Development Review Committee Meeting
If an application is determined to be particularly complex, a meeting will be scheduled with the Development Review Committee. This is a committee of at least one member from each City department and agency which reviews plans, to discuss preliminary comments in-person with the petitioner.

6.- Public Hearings
The following applications require a public hearing:

  • Rezoning
  • Final Plats
  • Conditional Use

All agency approvals are required prior to scheduling for Public Hearing.

2014 Council Zoning Hearing Schedule

January 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
April 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
May 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
July 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
September 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
  December 3
, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Public meeting dates subject to change upon Council’s discretion.

  1. Pre-application meetings are required prior to submittal.
  2. Submitting application prior to or by the deadline does not guarantee the application will be scheduled for the corresponding hearing date; it is merely a guideline.
  3. Applications will only be scheduled for public hearing when all outstanding issues are resolved as determined by the Planning and Zoning Director
For more detailed information on our Development Review Process please view the following link to the City’s Land Development Code :  ARTICLE III. - DEVELOPMENT PROCEDURES

If you have any further questions please contact Elizabeth Alvarez, Development Review Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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