Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 122333
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File Number: 122333 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-47-13 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: GREEN ENERGY FARMS Introduced: 11/20/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 1/23/2013
Agenda Date: 1/23/2013 Agenda Item Number: 11A6
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE CREATION OF GREEN ENERGY FARMS IN THE AGRICULTURAL AREAS, INCLUDING FUNDING SOURCES AND TAX EXEMPTIONS TO ENCOURAGE SUCH GREEN ENERGY FARMS
Indexes: AGRICULTURAL
  ENERGY
  STUDY
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, Co-Sponsor
  Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Juan C. Zapata, 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 1/23/2013 11A6 Adopted P

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 12/12/2012 2F Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Geri Bonzon-Keenan read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Hearing no questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution, as presented.

County Attorney 11/20/2012 Referred Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 12/12/2012

County Attorney 11/20/2012 Assigned Abbie N. Schwaderer 11/20/2012

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE CREATION OF GREEN ENERGY FARMS IN THE AGRICULTURAL AREAS, INCLUDING FUNDING SOURCES AND TAX EXEMPTIONS TO ENCOURAGE SUCH GREEN ENERGY FARMS

BODY
WHEREAS, farmers and owners of agricultural property in Miami-Dade County may wish to preserve the agricultural character of their land; and
WHEREAS, keeping the agricultural character of current farmland in Miami-Dade County may benefit the entire community by maintaining the farm industry, preserving the character of farming communities, and providing locally grown products to County residents and visitors; and
WHEREAS, owners of agricultural property in Miami-Dade County may be better able to preserve the agricultural character of their lands by creating solar panel farms, bio fuel opportunities, or other green energy farms; and
WHEREAS, owners of agricultural property who establish such green energy farms may be eligible for existing federal, state, or local assistance or tax exemptions; and
WHEREAS, in addition to any existing assistance programs and tax exemptions, the County may want to create new assistance programs to encourage owners of agricultural property to establish green energy farms; and
WHEREAS, the County may wish to advocate for the state or federal governments, or for non-profit agencies, to provide new assistance programs or tax exemptions for such green energy farms,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the Mayor or Mayor’s designee is hereby directed to conduct a study on the feasibility of creating green energy farms, including but not limited to solar panel farms and bio fuel opportunities, in the agricultural areas of Miami-Dade County. As part of this study, the Mayor or Mayor’s designee shall investigate existing and potential sources of funding or assistance from local, state and federal governments and non-profit organizations, and the Mayor or Mayor’s designee shall also explore existing and potential tax exemptions for owners of agricultural property who establish such green energy farms. The Mayor or Mayor’s designee shall provide a report to the Board of County Commissioners on this study within six months of the effective date of this Resolution.



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