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Developer Seeks To Expand Miami-Dade Urban Development Boundary By 316 Acres

Developers want to expand Miami-Dade County’s Urban Development Boundary by 316 acres in West Kendall to construct homes and industrial space.

Major development is not permitted outside the county’s UDB and the county doesn’t provide major services, such as water and sewer, there. The UDB has only been moved a handful of times over the past few decades, as environmental supporters strive to protect the wetlands to the west of Miami-Dade’s urban core. However, there are fewer swaths of vacant land left to develop in Miami-Dade while the population keeps growing, so there’s pressure from developers to move the UDB.

It would require a super-majority, two-thirds move of the County Commission to move the UDB.

Limonar Development LLC and Wonderly Holdings LLC filed a comprehensive development master plan (CDMP) amendment in May seeking to expand the UDB and rezone their property from “Agricultural” to “Special District: Green City.”

The 316 acres of farmland runs from Southwest 167th Avenue west to Krome Avenue, and from Southwest 64th Street south to Southwest 72nd Street (Sunset Drive). It’s in an area where there’s almost no development along Krome Avenue.

According to the developer’s traffic study, the project would have 2,080 residential units and 1.75 million square feet of warehouses. The traffic study by David Plummer & Associates said this would general 14,003 daily vehicle trips.

Attorney Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, who represents the applicant, couldn’t be reached for comment.

“The purpose of the Green City District is to provide a commerce center as well as affordable residential housing to meet the needs of the underserves Southwest Dade region,” the developer stated in the application. “The countywide supply of single-family homes is projected to be depleted by 2024.”

According to the application, both Limonar Development and Wonderly Holdings are owned by Mariana Cordoba Good and Alberto Cordoba in Key Biscayne. The former company owns 236.3 acres and the latter company owns 40 acres. The balance of the property is owned by Miami-Dade County and utilized as a well field site.

The residential portion of the project would cover 160.1 acres, with at least 12.5% of the homes dedicated to people making no more than 140% of area median income. Another 116.3 square feet would be zoned industrial and office.

The CDMP application is scheduled to go before the County Commission in November for a vote to transmit it to state agencies for review. A second County Commission vote would be required at a later date to approve it.


Source: SFBJ