This Section oversees all new development, and consequently, the growth. The majority of its time is spent guiding developers through the site development approval process. From initial application submittal, to review the of site plans, presentation before the City Council, issuance of a development order and concluding with final inspection. In addition, Staff's works with individuals who seek to rezone a piece of property, vary from the City's setback or other dimensional requirements, operate a unique business as a special exception, install a free-standing or wall sign, modify the exterior of a commercial or industrial building, or to hold a sidewalk sale or an outdoor sales event.
|Development Review Process
Click here for 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.
|Long Range Planning
This Section formulates strategic plans to guide the City's development and long-term growth. These plans address such questions as: "Where will the City be 5 years from now or 10 years from now? What kind of stresses will future development place upon the City's existing infrastructure? What kind of changes should we be making over the years to ensure that we can support additional growth?" Asking powerful questions such as these has not only enabled City of Doral to stay on top of its fast-paced growth, but it has given the Planning and Zoning Department the means to realize the City's future vision.
CDMP – Part I – Goals, Objects and Policies - 2013 Update
CDMP – Part II – Data , Inventory and Analysis – 2006
CDMP – Part II – Data , Inventory and Analysis – 2013 Supplement
Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Landscape Planning & Beautification
This Section formulates and reviews plans for aesthetic improvements to public and private property throughout the City. The majority of Staff's time is spent in the site development plan approval process reviewing landscaping plans for proposed developments, and ensuring that all landscaping work is undertaken as planned. Staff, in conjunction with the Public Works Department and the Parks and Recreation Department, spends the remainder of its time planning for new City parks, proposing new landscaping for medians, and designing City banners and entrance way signs and similar products.
Several individuals work in this Section, and quite probably, theirs are the first faces you see when you enter the Department. Operating as customer service representatives, they respond to both over-the-counter and telephone inquiries related to business licensing and providing timely and courteous responses. Furthermore, the main function of this section is to oversee and assist the public regarding the licensing of new businesses and home occupations. Accordingly, this Section keeps abreast of new local, state, and federal laws, requirements, and programs, which are constantly affecting the licensing procedures of the City of Doral.
|Planning Studies and Master Plans
As directed by the City Council and the Comprehensive Development Master plan, the Planning and Zoning Department is tasked, or provides input to other departments with the preparation of various planning studies. As a result of these studies, City Council may generate new regulations and policies which will shape the City for years to come. These studies focus on a wide range of topics such as urban design, economic development, transportation and environmental issues.
Green Design Master Plan
City Hall Needs Assessment
Doral Boulevard Master Plan
Doral Design District
Parks and Recreation Master Plan
Transportation Master Plan