Posts Tagged ‘UDB’

What does the new Miami-Dade County mayor have in common with growers in Redland? They have the UDB, or Urban Development Boundary — a line in the county’s master plan designed to limit development from encroaching on precious farmland. Read this excellent article in the Miami Herald which lays out where Carlos Gimenez and Julio Robaina stand on this sensitive issue. Then don’t forget to vote in the runoff election on June 28!

Mayor will have key role on holding line on development

The new mayor of Miami-Dade County will be more important than ever when it comes to holding the line on building outside the Urban Development Boundary, following state changes recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

By Matthew Haggman


When it comes to moving the Urban Development Boundary, the power of Miami-Dade County government, and its soon-to-be new mayor, has never been greater.

For more than three decades, the UDB — the line that keeps growth from encroaching west and south into fragile agricultural lands and wetlands — has been a critical curb on sprawling large-scale development from encroaching on the doorstep of the Everglades. But recent changes by the Republican-controlled Legislature that were signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott have severely limited state oversight of planning decisions by city and county governments — such as moving the UDB. State planners previously served as a check on such efforts and could stand in the way of decisions to move the line, but now can only provide non-binding comments in most cases.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/15/2268668/mayor-will-have-key-role-on-holding.html

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For a generation, a sharp and sometimes controversial line has contained Miami-Dade’s explosive urban growth like a gasket, largely insulating the county’s fragile agricultural hinterlands, surviving wetlands and two national parks from subdivisions and commercial-strip development. Now the days of holding the line on the Urban Development Boundary — the focus of some of the fiercest local battles over growth and the environment — may be drawing to an end.Measures approved by the Florida Legislature with little scrutiny or debate in the waning moments of this year’s session would dismantle the state oversight that has acted as the principal brake on repeated efforts by the county commission to breach the line for new development.The measures, almost sure to be signed by business-friendly Gov. Rick Scott, would significantly water down the state’s 25-year-old growth-management system, giving counties and municipalities far greater freedom to amend the local comprehensive development plans that are meant to control suburban sprawl. The UDB, which runs along the inside of the county’s western and southern edges as well as its southeastern coastal fringe, is a key feature of Miami-Dade’s comp plan. Development outside the line is limited, in most areas, to one dwelling per five acres.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/22/2226826/state-dismantles-growth-management.html

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State 1, Lowes 0

What happens here in Miami-Dade County could set precedents for other counties regarding sprawl. Why don’t developers reconsider urban infill?

Florida Cabinet thwarts plan to alter Miami-Dade development boundary
The state Cabinet overruled Miami-Dade County and stopped an attempt to move the county’s western development line.

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Urban sprawl and farms

Urban sprawl is a hot button issue is South Miami-Dade County. Depending on whom you speak to, they’re either strongly for it or against it. The UDB, or Urban Development Boundary, is a line drawn in Miami-Dade’s master plan that separates agriculture from suburbia. Periodically and frequently, developers petition the county and state to move the line to accommodate new development. Sometimes the line moves, sometimes it doesn’t. This dance has been going on for years. Why is the UDB important? Because it allows space for agriculture, and provides a buffer between the city and the Everglades, an important source of our drinking water. Look at Broward County. They don’t have a UDB — and count how many farms, groves and ranches remain.

Recent editorial in The Miami Herald (7/24/09):
Hold the line on development


Recent related article in the Miami Herald (6/29/09):
Infill development will help hold line


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