Florida News

Miami-Dade Commission changes stance, approves potential housing outside UDB

May 17, 2012

Four years ago, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved an unusually controversial plan for a commercial project on agricultural land near Kendall Drive and outside the Urban Development Boundary on one key condition: that the site not include any housing, which requires costly services and can lead to further pressure for development.

Back then, the proposal prompted numerous public hearings, hours and hours of heated debate, court challenges, a mayoral veto and override, and finally review by the governor and cabinet.

Groups seeks end to rock-mining plans

January 2, 2012

Three residents of rural Southwest Miami-Dade and three leading environmental groups have sued the county to stop an expansion of rock mining on agricultural land outside the urban development boundary that the plaintiffs say was approved in violation of state law.

The suit, filed in December in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, is the latest sally in long-running conflicts among homeowners and environmentalists on one side and companies that use blasting to extract limestone rock used in construction from a vast network of open mines on the western end of the county.