America benefits from great quantities of land, which is reflected in suburban land development patterns across our country. Our population continues to grow, but so does our understanding of sustainable development. As a nation, we are trying to shift from unsustainable sprawl to a more compact, efficient, and urban paradigm that increases our individual and collective quality of life while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Transit and other alternative modes of transportation such as walking or biking, must support these land-use patterns. Miami-Dade County is no different than fellow cities and counties struggling with how to transform existing land development and transportation infrastructure to meet a more sustainable standard of design. Along with the rest of the nation, we are struggling with how to creatively fund mass-transit improvements. This goal area acknowledges new federal livability priorities and lays forth a plan to address local challenges both internal to County operations and external for municipalities and our development industry. It lays out a vision but understands the realities that we face, taking gradual steps to move us in the right direction. Change is difficult, but progress is necessary if we are to provide for quality of life through walkable communities, long-term housing solutions, affordable housing and transportation costs, and preservation of open lands that provide water, natural resources and resistance to climate change.
• Use our land wisely, creating and connecting strong sustainable neighborhoods
• Provide more transportation options, reducing the time we spend in our cars
"Historically, we have rebuilt our nation every 50 to 60 years...The choice is ours: either a society of homogeneous pieces isolated from one another in often fortified enclaves, or a society of diverse and memorable neighborhoods organized into mutually supportive towns, cities and regions."