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File Number: 080732
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File Number: 080732 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-416-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: EPA SMART GROWTH IMPLEMENTATION ASSISTANCE Introduced: 3/5/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/8/2008
Agenda Date: 4/8/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A5
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO APPLY FOR UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S SMART GROWTH IMPLEMENTATION ASSISTANCE RELATED TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY'S URBAN DEVELOPMENT BOUNDARY
Indexes: NONE
Sponsors: Natacha Seijas, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, 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

Board of County Commissioners 4/8/2008 11A5 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Seijas stressed to County Manager George Burgess that the County Administration needed to file an application expeditiously in response to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) Program 2008 Request for Applications that was due in May 2008. County Manager Burgess stated he would ensure the County staff moved forward expeditiously on filing an application in response to the EPA’s SGIA 2008 Request for Applications. Hearing no objection, the Board proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented.

Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 3/11/2008 3D Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: During consideration of the changes to today’s agenda, Commissioner Diaz asked to be added as a co-sponsor to the foregoing proposed resolution. Assistant County Attorney Geri Bonzon-Keenan read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairwoman Seijas relinquished the Chair to Commissioner Diaz and explained her intent for sponsoring this resolution. She stated she felt the County’s growth management and policies should be evaluated by the experts, and that this assessment would not cost the County anything. Commissioner Edmonson asked to be added as a co-sponsor to this item. Commissioner Diaz spoke in support of this resolution. He noted this would bring in an independent, third party to make an assessment, and give the County a true federal guideline by the U.S .Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Hearing no further comments or discussion, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 3/5/2008 Referred Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 3/11/2008

County Attorney 3/5/2008 Assigned Geri Bonzon-Keenan 3/5/2008

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO APPLY FOR UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S SMART GROWTH IMPLEMENTATION ASSISTANCE RELATED TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY'S URBAN DEVELOPMENT BOUNDARY

BODY
WHEREAS, the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance ("SGIA") Program is an annual, competitive solicitation open to governmental units that wish to incorporate smart growth techniques into their future development; and
WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") Office of Policy Economics and Innovation is currently seeking applications from governmental units for policy analysis and public participatory processes associated with smart growth; and
WHEREAS, selected communities receive assistance in the form of a multi-day visit from a team of national experts to work with local leaders; and
WHEREAS, at the end of the process the team submits a final report to the applicant incorporating the team's findings and recommendations; and
WHEREAS, the underlying growth management policies and the process for amending the Urban Development Boundary ("UDB") line are issues that were discussed in depth by the Charter Review Task Force; and
WHEREAS, because debate surrounding the process for amendment of the UDB line is often acrimonious and divisive, the opportunity to have national experts objectively assess and analyze our UDB policies and procedures could greatly benefit the cohesiveness of our County; and
WHEREAS, this Board directs the County Mayor or his designee to submit an application in response to the EPA's SGIA 2008 Request for Applications specifically for the purpose of providing an evaluation and assessment of the County's UDB policy and the process related to the amendment of the UDB line; and
WHEREAS, this Board supports the application for the purpose provided herein,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The foregoing recitals are incorporated in this resolution and are approved.
Section 2. This Board directs the County Mayor or his designee to submit an application in response to the EPA's SGIA 2008 Request for Applications specifically for the purpose of providing an evaluation and assessment of the County's UDB policy and the process related to the amendment of the UDB line.



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