Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 062260
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File Number: 062260 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-740-06 Control:
File Name: COUNTY-WIDE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ON FUTURE LAND USE Introduced: 7/21/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 6/6/2006
Agenda Date: 6/6/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A31
Notes: THIS IS FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. (also see 061619) Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO INSTRUCT THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND ZONING TO INITIATE A COUNTY-WIDE PUBLIC DIALOGUE ON FUTURE LAND USE IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, AND TO PREPARE AND SUBMIT FOR THIS BOARD’S CONSIDERATION A PROCESS AND PROJECTED BUDGET FOR DEVELOPING A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF PROJECTED COUNTY-WIDE POPULATION GROWTH IN BOTH THE INCORPORATED AND UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NOS. 061389 AND 061619]
Indexes: COUNTYWIDE
  LAND USE
Sponsors: Carlos A. Gimenez, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

County Attorney 7/21/2006 Assigned Joni Coffey

Board of County Commissioners 6/6/2006 11A31 AMENDED Adopted as amended P
REPORT: Commissioner Seijas noted the amendments offered at Committee to remove language that directed staff to submit the implementing regulations along with the countywide plan and make it one step, were not included in this resolution. She also noted the League of Cities needed to indicate whether it was willing to participate in this effort. Commissioner Seijas stated that city administrators and elected officials needed to work together and that she would support instructing the County Manager to initiate the countywide public dialogue. Commissioner Gimenez noted he understood the amendment was to include the incorporated areas as part of the process, which was added to the resolution. Assistant County Attorney Joni Armstrong-Coffey referred to a “now therefore” clause on handwritten page 5 that stated the Board directs the County Manager to instruct the department to initiate the dialogue which shall include representation by the municipalities. Commissioner Gimenez noted the original intent of the amendment was to have the County Manager develop the process; begin the dialogue with the necessary entities; identify a budget of estimated costs and come back to the BCC with an initiative plan for approval. He noted this would be comprehensive planning on a countywide basis that would take some time and all municipalities were to be involved. Responding to Chairman Martinez’ question as to whether the watershed study would be incorporated into this comprehensive plan, County Manager Burgess noted it would be considered. Responding to Commissioner Gimenez’ question regarding when this process could be developed, County Manager Burgess noted the initial process could be developed within 120 days unless problems developed, then staff would report back in 60 days to discuss the progress. Commissioner Sosa noted elected municipal representatives should be given consideration and respect concerning their right to conduct hearings and decide their own future land use and that the County needed to work together with them to ensure 100% participation. Commissioner Sorenson asked to be added as a co-sponsor to this agenda item. She noted there was a way to engage municipalities in the process so that they understood the County’s need to consider the bigger picture concerning transit corridors, distribution of affordable housing and other countywide interests. She further noted that while municipalities have their own land use plans, they needed to be compatible with the County as a whole. Commissioner Heyman noted several cities within her district had not been approached concerning land use or infrastructure, but they were very receptive to working with the County government if the participation was inclusive rather than authoritative. Commissioner Moss thanked Commissioner Gimenez for taking a leadership role on this very difficult issue. He suggested the County work together as partners with the municipalities and encourage them to adapt to the County’s needed changes for the benefit of the entire community. Following discussion, the Board adopted the foregoing resolution as amended to require the submittal of a plan and budget to the County Commission within 120 days.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO INSTRUCT THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND ZONING TO INITIATE A COUNTY-WIDE PUBLIC DIALOGUE ON FUTURE LAND USE IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, AND TO PREPARE AND SUBMIT FOR THIS BOARD’S CONSIDERATION A PROCESS AND PROJECTED BUDGET FOR DEVELOPING A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF PROJECTED COUNTY-WIDE POPULATION GROWTH IN BOTH THE INCORPORATED AND UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

BODY
WHEREAS, population growth in Miami-Dade County over the next ten- to twenty-year timeframe is projected to average 30,000 people each year, culminating in an estimated population of over 3,000,000 persons in the year 2025; and
WHEREAS, over the last fifteen years, nine areas of unincorporated Miami-Dade County have become incorporated as new municipalities, and a number of other areas have also requested consideration for incorporation, reflecting a continuing trend toward self-governance at the closest local level; and
WHEREAS, as a result of a number of factors, including the incorporation movement, a greater number of persons now reside in the incorporated area of the county than in the unincorporated area; and
WHEREAS, good comprehensive planning recognizes that there are constraints that circumscribe the geographical extent to which urbanized development can occur in Miami-Dade County, including not only environmental constraints, but also the practical, financial constraints of delivering affordable public services and facilities such as transportation and mass transit, water and sewer, police and fire services, and schools; and
WHEREAS, because the unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County cannot expand indefinitely to absorb the projected population growth, proper comprehensive planning requires a truly county-wide approach to the distribution of that projected growth; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County is at the crossroads of land use planning opportunity, facing a choice between becoming a truly vibrant cosmopolitan, livable community and the alternative of growing in poorly planned development patterns that will diminish the quality of life; and
WHEREAS, the last County-wide open public dialogue on land use planning took place more than 25 years ago, and today there is a renewed interest in the community at large to be engaged directly in providing input to direct future growth; and
WHEREAS, the need for County-wide planning including such public input has never been greater; and
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter authorizes the Board of County Commissioners to “prepare and enforce comprehensive plans for the development of the county,” and further instructs the director of the department of planning to conduct county-wide studies and prepare for the Board’s consideration both “a master plan for the welfare, recreational, economic, and physical development of the county,” and also to prepare and submit land use regulations establishing minimum standards for both the incorporated and unincorporated areas,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that, consistent with its authority and responsibility under the Home Rule Charter of Miami-Dade County, this Board hereby directs the County Manager to instruct the Department of Planning and Zoning to initiate a County-wide public dialogue on future land use planning for this County, and to prepare and submit for this Board’s consideration a proposed process and projected budget for developing a comprehensive plan for the distribution of projected County-wide population growth in both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County. The proposed process and budget shall be submitted for this Board’s consideration within 120 days after the effective date of this resolution.



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