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Advisory panel from Urban Land Institute to present recommendations for building resilience in the Arch Creek Basin on May 27

MIAMI (May 24, 2016)

The Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, Office of Resilience, in partnership with the city of North Miami, will work with an advisory panel from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) on a special resilience project in the Arch Creek Basin. The week-long process will culminate with a public presentation at 9 a.m., Friday, May 27, at the Gwen Margolis Community Center in North Miami.

The Arch Creek Basin is an area in northeast Miami-Dade County along Biscayne Bay that is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Much of the study area falls within the city of North Miami.
 
ULI was awarded a major grant from The Kresge Foundation to implement a program focused on helping cities plan for resilience in the face of rising seas and climate change. Starting on May 22, ULI will coordinate with experts, public and private officials, and other stakeholders to prepare conclusions and recommendations to develop strategies in the Arch Creek Basin and will focus on building economic and environmental resilience.

The city of North Miami and the County’s Office of Resilience have worked for several weeks to prepare for the arrival of the panel and will participate in interviews and site tours throughout the week.
 
In 2013, Florida passed legislation to create Adaptation Action Area designation for areas uniquely vulnerable to climate impacts to serve as a planning tool and to encourage technical assistance and funding opportunities. The ULI advisory panel work will help launch the County’s work in this area as it continues to identify pilot projects.

ULI is the nation’s premier nonprofit urban planning and real estate education and research institution representing the entire spectrum of land use and development disciplines.

The Gwen Margolis Community Center is located at 1590 NE 123 Street, North Miami, FL 33161.

For more information, contact the Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience at 305-375-5593.

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North Miami, Florida (pop. 60,000+) is a diverse community, located midway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale.  As the sixth largest city in Miami-Dade County, North Miami is committed to growth in its business community, while also focusing on issues such as education, the arts, leisure activities, and sustainability to provide a viable future for its residents and to preserve the City’s rich history since incorporating in 1926.