MIAMI HERALD: Should Miami-Dade’s urban boundary move closer to the Everglades? Time for another fight

Miami Herald: Written by Douglas Hanks. May 27, 2017.

A new task force will study one of the most contentious issues facing Miami-Dade: the imaginary line separating the county’s housing developments and shopping centers from the Everglades.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez recently formed a panel to study pockets of land just outside the official Urban Development Boundary, the line that forms the western and southern frontiers between permissive building rules and low-growth restrictions. On the one side of the UDB: suburban housing developments and shopping centers. On the other: farmland and large-lot houses.

Gimenez is appointing environmentalists and developers to the task force, which will only look at areas designed to be brought into the UDB zone if Miami-Dade ever chooses to move the line. The panel could recommend adding more area to the designated growth zones or create new ones, shrink existing boundaries or even eliminate some altogether.

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