I take this opportunity to impress upon you the following points, which were reinforced in a meeting I just finished with Ms. Vale and Mr. Formoso.
My observations and recommendations relate only to the portion of the Ludlam Trail that is in my district and that extends from SW 48th St to 80th St. (roughly 2.5 miles).
The premise is that the increase in density, unless it is restricted to the nodes abutting the three main intersections (Miller, Sunset and 80th/Dadeland), cannot be left to future adjustments, but must be presently determined, as part of the CDMP process. The corollary of that premise is that a vote to transmit at this time, with the increase in density, means that future efforts at land acquisition will carry with them a higher property value, and become even more prohibitive for government.
Based on the above, I strongly recommend that you take command of the segment affecting the above-mentioned strip, with a view to accomplishing the following:
1. Maintenance or even reduction to zero (in effect, to pure recreational uses) of the density in the residential segments of the 2.5 miles.
2. Explicit concentration of density in areas already zoned accordingly, i.e., abutting the major intersectional nodes.
3. Negotiation with both county and neighbors (numbering a bit more than 100 single-family owners) so as to purchase for public use and maintenance either the totality of the residential part of the 2.5 strip or at least half of the strip.
It is a mistake to treat the entire 6-plus miles of the trail as one. I urge you to revise that strategy, or face continued and increasing neighborhood opposition.
Thanking you in advance for your consideration hereof, I remain
Very Truly Yours,
Xavier L. Suarez