Miami-Dade commissioners just sidestepped concerns about Biscayne Bay pollution, flooding and hazy development details to give preliminary approval for expanding the Urban Development Boundary and converting farmland into a 9 million-square-foot industrial park near Homestead.
By a 9-3 vote, commissioners voted to send the expansion application to state agencies for review, a key step for developers in their effort to move the “UDB” for the first time since 2013.
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.