Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 122011
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File Number: 122011 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-953-12 Control: County Commission
File Name: LAND FOR SALE ADJACENT TO PARK Introduced: 10/2/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/8/2012
Agenda Date: 11/8/2012 Agenda Item Number: 11A25
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO CONSIDER AND ANALYZE WHETHER VACANT PARCEL OF LAND THAT IS FOR SALE AND IS ADJACENT TO A PARK SHOULD BE PURCHASED BY THE COUNTY TO EXPAND SUCH PARK AND, IF SO, TO ATTEMPT TO ACQUIRE THE PARCEL
Indexes: LAND ACQUISITION
  LAND PARCEL
Sponsors: Sen. Javier D. Souto, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, 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 11/8/2012 11A25 Adopted P

Internal Mgmt. & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 10/16/2012 2Y Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Edmonson asked to be listed as a co-sponsor to the foregoing proposed resolution. The Committee proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented. Following the vote, Commissioner Diaz commented that it was past practice of this body to consider the best use for properties surrounding parks. He proceeded to question specific details on the vacant parcel of land which the County was proposing to purchase to expand a park. Chairwoman Bell explained that the resolution was directing the Mayor or designee to consider and analyze a possible purchase. Assistant County Attorney McCarty clarified that any land purchase or acquisition proposal would come before the County Commission for final approval and this resolution was only directing administration to pursue these options.

County Attorney 10/2/2012 Referred Internal Mgmt. & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 10/16/2012

County Attorney 10/2/2012 Assigned Monica Rizo 10/2/2012

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO CONSIDER AND ANALYZE WHETHER VACANT PARCEL OF LAND THAT IS FOR SALE AND IS ADJACENT TO A PARK SHOULD BE PURCHASED BY THE COUNTY TO EXPAND SUCH PARK AND, IF SO, TO ATTEMPT TO ACQUIRE THE PARCEL

BODY
WHEREAS, from 2000 to 2010, the population in Miami-Dade County increased by approximately ten percent (10%), thus increasing the need for additional parks and park and recreation facilities to serve the expanding population; and
WHEREAS, accordingly, the vision of the County’s Park, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (“PROS”) is that every resident to should have equitable access to parks and activities and that every neighborhood within the County should be upgraded, if necessary, to meet residents’ needs; and
WHEREAS, moreover, the PROS’s Parks and Open Space Master Plan provides that “every park should be designed to contribute to the environmental, social and economic well-being of the surrounding neighborhood and community;” and
WHEREAS, one way to accomplish this planning and design principle as well as to ensure that the County continues to add and develop park space is to encourage the acquisition by the County, whenever feasible, practical and necessary, of land adjacent to existing parks in order to expand parks; and
WHEREAS, the County should take advantage of any opportunity to annex adjacent parcels if they become available in order to maximize the limited resources to provide recreation and sporting facilities and programs to the public at the most economical cost, as it is more expensive to acquire and develop a new park and then provide new staffing than to expand existing park add more space for more fields, more green space and more recreational facilities, while utilizing existing operational dollars and staff,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that, anytime the County becomes aware that a parcel of vacant, undeveloped land adjacent to an existing County park is being offered for sale, this Board directs the County Mayor or Mayor’s designee to consider and analyze whether such parcel could be purchased and used to expand the park and, if so, to make good faith attempts to acquire the parcel. The aforementioned consideration and analysis performed by the County Mayor or Mayor’s designee should include, but not be limited to, determining whether the expansion of the park in question is necessary to serve an increased population, whether the expansion of the park in question would contribute to the environmental, social and economic well-being of the surrounding neighborhood and community, and whether funds are available to acquire the parcel.



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