| Moving Miami-Dade County's Comprehensive Development Master Plan in the Right Direction|
| Yesterday, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners approved amendments to the county’s Comprehensive Development Master Plan that move Miami-Dade in the right direction, respecting taxpayer investment in Everglades restoration, discouraging urban sprawl, and increasing resiliency. Audubon Florida and Tropical Audubon were among the groups that advocated for the amendments and spoke before the commission.|
The amendments establish and strengthen policies that help amplify resilience, including: removing areas that are vulnerable to storm surge from consideration for urban expansion, establishing a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, mapping groundwater to address sea level rise, and planning for other impacts of climate change. Significantly, one amendment shrinks the urban expansion areas (UEAs), areas outside of the urban development boundary that have been identified for projected growth. Environmentally important lands, like wetlands that are critical for aquifer recharge and Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) areas, were excluded from the UEAs, safeguarding them from future development.
Yesterday’s vote represents a commitment to and an understanding of the fact that in Florida, smart growth goes hand-in-hand with protecting our natural resources.