Homestead, Florida-based developer Marista Holdings has proposed an expansion of the Miami-Dade Urban Development Boundary, which separates urban and rural development areas, by 113.5 acres in the Homestead area.
This expansion comes with a request to rezone a 45-acre tract of agricultural land, currently located outside the development boundary, which Marista Holdings purchased for over $10 million in February. Marista plans to build a mixed-use project on the site, which will include offices, retail space, a hotel, and an assisted living facility.
The Miami-Dade Urban Development Boundary was established in the early 1980s to prevent further development to the west. It was last revised in 2011, according to WLRN. The county commission must reach a super majority vote before the request can be adopted.
The expansion would bump up the boundary line on the south side of Southwest 312 Street and east and west of Southwest 137 Avenue. The remaining acreage, home to nearly 300 affordable housing units, belongs to the Homestead Housing Authority.