The Kendall Parkway is a proposed north-south expressway west of 167th Avenue from the Tamiami Trail to SW 136th Street which connects to SR 836 at 137th Avenue and NW 12th Street. The project requires expansion of our current urban development boundary. There are multiple issues, including impacts on drinking water, increased flood risk, more urban sprawl. County commissioners need to hear your thoughts now in advance of the April 25th public hearing.
Drinking Water Impact: The road itself stretches right over a large portion of our Western well-field, an area where surface water and drinking water intermix most heavily, threatening to pollute and deplete the drinking water resources of the very residents this road is meant to serve.
Low laying land: Development of this region puts all of its potential new occupants at risk of flooding as well as potential health effects associated with living next to heavy mining operations and virtually guarantees impossible long commutes.
Sprawl: For decades, the county’s development has followed a pattern of developing sprawling subdivisions, expanding roads to accommodate sprawl, and watching as those roads inevitably produce ever more sprawl. Our sprawling urban landscape combined with our underdeveloped mass public transit infrastructure has led to a situation where residents have few viable options beyond the automobile. County leadership is tasked with overcoming the uniquely troubling challenge of addressing legacy congestion while simultaneously preparing for an even more populous future.
There is no one initiative or project that will bring us to that goal; it will take a series of wise decisions geared towards the development of a transportation infrastructure and urban landscape that maximizes transportation options, minimizes emissions and takes our county’s unique topography and resources into account. The approval of application 8 to allow for the expansion of the SR-836 Expressway past the 2020 Urban Development Boundary is not one of those wise decisions. The approval of this proposal would only undermine our capacity to ever reach an effective long-term solution.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Fill out the following petition to stop paving Miami. We will share the names with the commissioners.
- Attend the Miami-Dade County Commission Public Hearing at Stephen P Clark Center (Commission Chambers, 2nd Floor, 111 NW 1rst Street, Miami FL 33128) on June 20 at 9:30am
- Call, tweet, and email your commissioners
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District 1 - Barbara J. Jordan
Miami Gardens, Opa Locka
District 2 - Jean Monestime
North Miami Beach, North Miami, Liberty City, Opa Locka, Hialeah
District 3 - Audrey M. Edmonson
Liberty City, Little Haiti, Overtown, the Upper East Side, Edgewater, Buena Vista, Allapattah, Wynwood, Venetian Causeway and Watson Island, all located in the City of Miami; Brownsville, Biscayne Shores and Gardens Park area, the Village of El Portal and the Village of Miami Shores.
District 4 - Sally A. Heyman
Golden Beach, Aventura, North Miami Beach, North Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Biscayne Park, Indian Creek, Miami Beach, Miami Shores and North Bay Village.
District 5 - Vacant
ELECTION ON JUNE 19, 2018
Downtown, Brickell, The Roads, Little Havana, South Beach
District 6 - Rebeca Sosa
Miami Springs, Coral Gables
District 7 - Xavier L. Suarez
Pinecrest, Coral Gables, South Miami, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne
District 8 - Daniella Levine Cava
South Dade. Cutler Bay, Homestead, South Kendall.
District 9 - Dennis C. Moss
Homestead, Florida City
District 10 - Javier D. Souto
Kendall, Westchester, and Fontainebleau
District 11 - Joe A. Martinez
West Kendall, FIU
District 12 - José "Pepe" Diaz
City of Doral, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Medley, Sweetwater, and Virginia Gardens
District 13 - Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.
Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Palm Springs North
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