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Francisco Garcia Leads Merger Of City Planning And Zoning As He Looks Ahead To Miamis Next Major Development Wave

Written by on August 25, 2011

Francisco Garcia has a one-of-a-kind perspective on Miami 21, the City of Miami’s zoning code.

As a consultant on the visionary zoning overhaul with urban planning firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co., Mr. Garcia spent hours on end vetting stakeholder concerns, poring over intricacies in Miami’s strikingly different neighborhoods.

"Having worked in the private sector both nationally and internationally," he said, "has given me a broader perspective as to the best practices in urban design and planning, but also in terms of how to interact with the development community."

Now at the helm of Miami’s recently merged planning and zoning department, Mr. Garcia must lead the way through the city’s first major development wave since Miami 21, which is largely untested, was implemented in May 2010.

With an arsenal of knowledge from a decade-long stint with the city and years of globe-trotting private-sector experience, Mr. Garcia said he is eager to push for smart development and watch Miami come into its own.

"Because it happens to be between Miami Beach and Coral Gables and closest to the airport," he said, "[Miami is viewed] as a place you have to go through to get somewhere else. Miami is going to increasingly become a destination."

Mr. Garcia discussed development trends, weighed in on extensions for projects approved before the recession and shared thoughts on Brickell CitiCentre and Resorts World Miami with Miami Today reporter Jacquelyn Weiner at Miami Riverside Center, the city’s administrative building.To read the entire issue of Miami Today online, subscribe to e -Miami Today, an exact digital replica of the printed edition. To read this profile article in its entirety, subscribe to e-MiamiToday. With the e-MiamiToday you will be able to read the entire contents of Miami Today online exactly as it appears in print. Or order this issue, to receive a regular printed copy of this week’s Miami Today. You may also subscribe to the printed edition of Miami Today to receive the newspaper every week by mail. If you are reading this in Miami Today’s “Online Archive” as an archived web page and would like to see the entire article that was published, call Miami Today, 305-358-2663 and ask for the Circulation Department.   Top Front Page About Miami Today Put Your Message in Miami Today Contact Miami Today © Copyright 2011 Miami Today designed and produced by Green Dot Advertising and Marketingvar gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-4990655-1”);pageTracker._initData();pageTracker._trackPageview();