Miami-Dade commissioners postpone vote on Urban Development Boundary expansion – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade County commissioners have opted to postpone a ultimate vote on a proposal that may flip 800 acres of farmland in South Miami-Dade into an industrial park.

Thursday’s consequence got here after an hours-long meeting the place commissioners mentioned the proposed expansion of the Urban Development Boundary or UDB.

Commissioners additionally listened to a whole bunch of people that had a chance to precise their views in assist and in opposition of increasing the event zone.

“We need opportunities to feed our families,” mentioned a supporter.

“I’m here to ask you to deny this proposal,” mentioned an opponent.

“This could be a transformational project for the South Miami-Dade County area,” mentioned one other supporter.

Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins in contrast the proposed expansion to a different a part of the county.

“Key Biscayne is 798 acres, just four acres larger than the land that is in question here,” she mentioned.

Back in 2021, commissioners gave preliminary approval for the economic park, referred to as the South Dade Logistics and Technology District, which might have warehouses, a lodge, and a shopping mall. It guarantees over 11,000 jobs on 800 acres of farmland south of the Florida Turnpike.

Opponents of the proposal have objected to the situation of the economic park: between Southwest 107th and 122nd avenues and north of Southwest 268th Street.”

“I understand the need for jobs, but this is the wrong location,” mentioned an opponent.

Commissioner Joe Martinez identified the dialogue on this matter has been ongoing.

“We’ve been here so many times about the UDB,” he mentioned.

The UDB is the road that was put in place in 1983 to restrict the place builders can build. It is designed to guard the Everglades and the county’s dwindling farmland.

Opponents made positive to voice their issues on the impression that the economic park would have on the surroundings.

“These 800 acres are outside the UDB for a reason, and an industrial complex will decimate any chance of restoring this area,” he mentioned.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava additionally weighed in on the proposal.

“By denying this application, we are guaranteeing the necessary land to continue with the critical Everglades restoration,” she mentioned.

But supporters indicated the advanced would usher in jobs.

“I want us to have clean water, fresh air, so I’m on both sides,” mentioned attendee Linda Roberts. “You got to put food on the table, you know? You got to go to work, you got to have transportation to get to work.”

Levine Cava, in the meantime, mentioned growth can not come at the price of the surroundings.

“Sustainable economic development for South Dade and for our entire county must be built on a foundation of protecting our environment,” she mentioned.

Ultimately, commissioners determined to desk their ultimate vote. It is now scheduled for June 1.

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