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Revolutionizing zoning transparency with Gridics & the City of Miami

How Gridics' deep parcel-level data and zoning information portal help cities make smarter planning decisions

Zoning regulations are difficult for staff, citizens, and developers to understand and interpret at the individual property level. This leads to bottlenecks in development approvals, increases staff time to service daily questions from citizens, and causes a lack of transparency around solving housing, resiliency, and sustainability challenges.

Together with the City of Miami’s Planning and Zoning Departments, City Possible partner, Gridics developed a comprehensive zoning management platform that has been in use across the City since 2016. At the heart of the Gridics platform is its patented zoning calculation engine that combines measurable zoning regulations as outlined in the code with GIS parcel analysis to calculate over 30 data points for every parcel in the city. Once calculated, the city has a foundational zoning property record data set that heretofore has never existed at scale.

Sitting on top of this data is the Gridics zoning information platform, which integrates citizen self service tools, real-time code publishing, site analysis, and 3D mapping technology that makes it easy for cities to better service citizens and make informed planning decisions.

Mayor Francis Suarez says, “The City of Miami is proud to partner with the professional team at Gridics to improve the way we serve our community through the use of Gridics technology.”

Solution:  The Gridics platform helps the City of Miami – and can help City Possible Network Members in general – solve pain points such as:

  • Front counter inquiries: Providing virtual citizen self service tools to look-up parcel specific zoning attributes
  • Outdated online code documents: Facilitating real-time code text editing/publishing to ensure changes are live in seconds, not weeks
  • Development backlogs: Streamlining the plan review process
  • Affordable housing: Visualizing the effect of zoning and housing capacity based on policy levers in a 3D map
  • Long-range planning: Analyzing proposed zoning changes to make data-driven decisions

The beauty of the Gridics zoning platform lies in its scalability and flexibility. While building the rules engine for the City of Miami, the platform was engineered to handle both form-based and Euclidean zoning codes (metric and imperial conversions) for dense urban cities and suburban environments alike.

Miami proved to be the perfect development partner thanks to its new form-based code and unprecedented growth, however, Gridics can be leveraged just as easily in smaller municipalities. Cities large and small can now take advantage of a modern cloud-based app and data platform that would cost millions for any city to develop on their own.

Get Started:  If you are a City Possible member, visit the Mastercard City Insights page and click on Gridics to get a free 2-week guided trial of the platform.

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