City Launches New Online Zoning Portal with Local Tech Startup Gridics

Published on November 19, 2019

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(November 19, 2019, Miami, FL) –This week, the City of Miami and local Miami tech startup Gridics officially launched the new CodeHUB portal on www.miamigov.com, bringing the City’s zoning code directly to the public through a powerful, user-friendly online platform. Gridics created CodeHUB through a partnership with the City’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) and Miami’s Planning and Zoning departments. The collaborative process began in late 2017, and with today’s launch of CodeHUB on the City’s web portal, the partnership has come full circle.

“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 CodeHUB technology,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “As a local startup, they understood our goals and challenges from the very outset and worked closely with our staff to bring this project to a successful conclusion.”

CodeHUB is a mobile-friendly, public-facing web portal that delivers text, map and quick property zoning lookup tools in one place. Importantly, the platform also delivers a 3D zoning map, 2D mapping and site-specific property data – such as setbacks and zoning uses – directly to users. It will provide a powerful toolset to a range of local individuals and organizations for whom a clear understanding of the Miami’s zoning code is critical. Likely users include homeowners’ groups and neighborhood associations, architects and designers, real estate developers, investors and land-use professionals.

“By prioritizing innovation and being willing to partner with local startups, the City of Miami and its leadership is paving the way not only here in South Florida but truly on a national level,” said Jason Doyle, CEO of Gridics. “Their support has allowed Gridics to tell a story that has led to the adoption of our platform by both cities and counties in numerous states nationwide. We wouldn’t be where we are as a company today without the City’s partnership.”

In order to develop the first-of-its-kind technology that calculates the zoned development capacity of each and every parcel in a given city, Gridics made the decision to engage the very agencies that control local zoning – municipal governments. They found a critical – and enthusiastic – partner in the City of Miami, which was eager to simplify zoning interpretation through technology and innovation. In the time since Gridics and the City began developing the initial iteration of CodeHUB, many other South Florida cities, including Ft. Lauderdale, North Miami, Miami Beach and Coral Gables, have embraced the Gridics platform and its capabilities to help cities make data-driven decisions.

“Our partnership with Gridics has been outstanding, and through the CodeHUB platform, we’re providing innovative new tools to the public, while increasing process efficiency and reducing costs,” said Mike Sarasti, the City of Miami’s Chief Information Officer and Director of DoIT.

To begin its work with the City of Miami, Gridics developed a cloud-based feasibility and scenario planning software for staff to use called ZoneIQ. The software integrates the mathematical zoning attributes into a patented rules engine and ultimately combines those rules with individual parcel shapes to output critical development site-specific data points such allowed density, buildable capacity, setback, uses and more. They then worked with City of Miami zoning plan reviewers to use these calculations to help them check plans for compliance more quickly. Despite early challenges, both Gridics and the City remained steadfast in their commitment to developing CodeHUB, resulting in this week’s online launch of the portal.

Gridics, short for Grid Analytics, develops real estate data and software applications in the area of real estate development analysis and interpretation.The local Miami startup was founded by a group of urban planners and real estate technologists, making them ideal partners for the local governments that the company partners with on an array of development visualization projects, including: Transfer of Development studies, 3D zoning change visualization, and corridor and economic development studies. For more information, visit www.gridics.com.

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