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Moving Miami-Dade’s Urban Development Boundary Could Jeopardize Work To Restore Water Flow To Biscayne Bay

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Late last year, just before Miami-Dade County Commissioners made the controversial decision to move the urban boundary that protects wetlands and farms to make way for a warehouse complex in South Dade, former chairman Jose ‘Pepe’ Diaz lectured opponents at the crowded commission chambers.

“It is not environmentally sensitive land,” he said. “What is important is that the people are not misled. Because if it was environmentally sensitive land, none of us could go into it.”

But even planning officials say the area is, in fact, among the most sensitive, long seen as a key link to restoring the Everglades and fending off sea rise.

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Developer Proposes 850K Square Feet Of Warehouses Outside Miami-Dade Urban Development Boundary

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Developers want to expand the urban development boundary in western Miami-Dade County by 41.2 acres to build an industrial park.

Terra137 LLC, owned by German Blanco Romero and Eva Maritza Blanco, and Boca Raton resident Ana Bigott filed a comprehensive development master plan (CDMP) application to expand the UDB and create an industrial district on their vacant land. The property is on the south side of Northwest Sixth Street, just west of Northwest 137th Avenue. Continue reading