Thursday, September 19, 2013

EAR is Back! ... by gimleteye

It is always interesting to see what is up, with county planning, lobbyists, and campaign contributors who want to liquify large land holdings -- like Lennar's Parkland -- outside the Urban Development Boundary. This is where it starts ... county commissioners making $6000/yr. making decisions affecting hundreds of millions in investments. Only companies like Lennar can afford to speculate any more. They are playing with "house money". During the "financial crisis" big homebuilders were allowed to write-off gains during the boom-boom years against losses, thanks to a generous Congress.

The net result? Instead of having a rationale policy for concentrating growth along existing transportation corridors, where infrastructure already exists, lobbyists, engineering firms and big land speculators continue to dig away more zoning changes beyond the urban fringe, beyond the Urban Development Boundary. It's not as easy as it once was, when Bob Traurig charged $1000 per acre to rezone farmland to developable land, but it is still the dominant growth model in Miami-Dade. Pay to play.

Please be advised that the Planning Division of the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) will conduct a workshop before the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) on the Adopted 2010 Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR)-based applications filed during the October 2012 Cycle of amendments to the Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP).  The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers, located at 111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL.
The Applications and the Initial Recommendations Reports for the EAR-based amendments may be viewed online at:


Anonymous said...

I haven't read the EAR amendments - yet. Will do though.

This week already, I guess in preparation for the next "build it they won't come and our food supply disappears along with the bees..." round of the worst planning in the country -

Lynda Bell is already in preparation to sell out Dist. 8 to the highest campaign contributor as it appears by this legislation taking the local Community Councils out of zoning for "economic development". I'm assuming Moss is going along with this because of Zoo Miami and the current nightmare application off of SW 152nd St. next door.

This is not a tangled web. It's actually pretty easy to follow the money to the special interest to the "cheap" farm land to MDX wanting a highway in the middle of our wetland/farms all the way to Krome avenue to the foot print of Parkland (SW 136 St.) and all that land sold to Horton & others surrounding it!

Sickening. Bell we can get rid of soon enough, Moss will continue to try to fly under the radar with these monster application until he's Mayor of whatever City he's creating under two MAC's in deep South Dade when he retires from the BCC!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Zapata and his push to bring development, the mdx, and all his lobbyist friends to his city.

Do you think term limits pushes commissioners/politicans to fast track building the foundation for their after politics career?

Anonymous said...

Zapata has a history of supporting sprawl on Krome. When he was a rep in Tallahassee I think US Century and the LBA were his biggest supporters. He even showed up to support their developments on Krome at the Kendall CC.

It's not surprising both Moss & Zapata are setting up MAC's within their districts. They're both entrenched Pol's with no other job skills then screwing JQP while they get their paychecks from the taxpayers. Moss's wife works for the County Airport, think about that. I think if these areas incorporate, their next moves will be as Mayors for life like Otis Wallace in Florida City with nice paychecks and pensions!

Bell? Other then cleaning houses and being vindictive, she has no skills and is really less of a politician then the two above. She's been a Mayor, a one term bad one. She can move to Palmetto Bay with the money being funneled through the Redland Hotel and buy a house their, run for mayor, and do even more damage.

But, getting back to the EAR, with the three of them representing areas with incredibly sensitive wetlands in addition to productive Agriculture - $700 million a year, they'd all sell it out in a minute for campaign contributions, which is their history. I'd be watching anything South of Kendall Drive. The three of them are literally selling the Farm to the lowest bidders!

Anonymous said...

To the first anon: How can it be possible to get the community councils out of the zoning business? If that is done, there's nothing left because this is their sole function.

Anonymous said...

The legislation proposed by Moss & Bell relates only to certain zoning applications, not all of them, circumventing around the local CC's. Read the ordinance...........

The land around the Air Base, Zoo Miami and others would go directly to the BCC, no community council, etc.

Remember HABDI or the recent Martinez land give away/tax payer funded movie studio? The hearings would be directly at the BCC, not locally then appealed to the BCC.

The current regime on the PAB are very pro development. Think about the commissioners they represent. Master Plan changes/EAR stuff will be rubber stamped by them without hesitation. Then, the BCC will do what they do and approve everything the sprawl, tax payer give away stuff wants because most don't even read what's in their packages.