Miami-Dade County Infill Strategy Task Force
Final Report - Executive Summary
On December 19, 1996, the Metro-Dade County Board of County Commissioners adopted
Resolution No. 1477-96 directing the County Manager to establish and appoint an
Infill Strategy Task Force. The Task Force was directed by the Board of County Commissioners
to examine and make recommendations on opportunities and strategies to promote infill
and redevelopment in underdeveloped areas within the County's planned Urban Development
Boundary (LTDB). The Task Force was instructed to consider both traditional and
non-traditional strategies with a view towards creating a positive impact on all
the citizens of Dade County. Membership of the Task Force included representatives
from the private sector, all of the municipalities in Dade County, the Dade County
Public Schools, and other governmental agencies.
While the Task Force did not find a single existing definition of urban infill development
that could be applied to all situations, the Task Force assigned the following meaning
to "urban infill development":
The development of vacant, abandoned, or significantly underutilized parcels in
the urbanized core area of the County that is served with all or most public services
and facilitiesÿ The urban infill development area should be recognized to be
the focus of public and private urban development resources and initiatives in the
Infill development is becoming increasingly recognized as an effective way to proactively
address a variety of interrelated problems associated with post-WWII development
trends. It is a means of protecting, stabilizing and revitalizing older neighborhoods.
It is also a way of promoting economic development through better employment and
increased commercial activity serving residential neighborhoods. Infill development
offers great potential to improve infrastructure efficiency, increase the affordability
of central cities and older, first-generation suburbs, improve accessibility of
transportation, and make cities more livable.
The full Task Force met eleven times beginning with its initial organizational meeting
on April 18, 1997. Three subcommittees were organized to review specific issues,
they held over twenty sessions. At many of the meetings of the subcommittees, Task
Force members heard presentations from individuals representing local and regional
agencies, Metro-Dade County departments, and private sector agencies. These individuals
provided essential background information to the subcommittees in their study of
'The Task Force discussed and examined numerous recommendations and initiatives.
The Task Force forwards twelve recommendations in its Executive Summary as the "cornerstones"
of a fair, efficient, and effective urban infill program in Dade County. These recommendations
are considered by the Task Force to be those with the greatest potential for implementation
and effectiveness; however, they are not presented in order of priority. Other recommendations
which the Task Force believes warrant further consideration are listed in Appendix
A of the Final Report.
: Metro-Dade County should delineate an Urban Infill Development
Area in its Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP). Policies should be included
in the CDMP specifying that this area shall receive priority for future public and
private investments in infrastructure, services, development and compatible redevelopment.
: Strong emphasis should be given to strategies that promote
infill development which generate employment opportunities and service-oriented
activities, over the creation of additional housing per se, within those portions
of the designated Urban Infill Development Area that have high rates of unemployment,
poverty, and households on public assistance. These "Economic Development Priority
Areas" should also be adopted into the Comprehensive Development Master Plan,
along with supporting objectives and policies.
Hold the line on the Urban Development Boundary (UDB).
The Board of County Commissioners should adopt as a policy statement that the UDB
will not be extended for the next ten years.
: Within the Urban Infill Development Area, encourage a balanced
mix of well-designed housing types (owner/renter occupied units), sizes and prices
for all income levels (market and non-market rate units).
: Create a consortium of lending institutions for residential
and business loans at below market rates.
: Upgrade mass transit service in the Urban Infill Development
Area through an expanded rail system, increased and reliable bus service and intermodal
connections, and improved marketing of the system.
: Improve educational opportunities in the Urban Infill Development
Area (UIDA) by giving priority to 1) increasing funding, 2) redirecting resources,
and 3) forging creative solutions through public school/private enterprise partnerships
to identify incentives for providing education opportunities within the UIDA.
: Dade County should participate with federal, state, and
other initiatives in a coordinated effort with other local governments to pursue
financial assistance for infill infrastructure projects within the Urban Infill
: County and municipal permitting agencies in the Urban Infill
Development Area should increase flexibility and streamline the permitting and development
review process to encourage infill development and redevelopment.
: Promote good design to gain acceptance of higher density,
and promote mixed use neighborhoods and projects, including small area planning
with a clear objective of empowering the residents, business owners, and all other
stakeholders in determining the character and intensity of development in and around
: The County and cities should coordinate the creation of
a parcel inventory of vacant, abandoned, or significantly underutilized sites within
the Urban Infill Development Area and disseminate such information to the development
industry, including lenders, realtors, developers, and the public.
: An Infill Strategy Committee should be established for
a period of 18 months to assist the County in implementing and further defining
the recommendations outlined in this report.
The Task Force recognizes that these recommendations are an initial step in the
process of fostering and stimulating additional infill development and redevelopment
and that a coordinated and ongoing effort is crucial by Dade County and all of the