Miami Dade County Community Forum

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Get Involved: The County Comp Plan is Getting an Update

The Department of Planning and Zoning is in the process of updating the Miami-Dade County Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP) and invites you to participate in the process. Long range strategic planning has never been more important for this community. The CDMP establishes plans and policies for the County for important topics such as land use, transportation, parks, economy, housing etc. Although we face many challenges related to how we will grow and develop, we can effectively deal with these challenges and create a dynamic community if we all work together towards developing meaningful public policies.

The update of the Comprehensive Plan is required every seven years and is part of a State mandated process resulting in an Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR). The EAR is an appropriate vehicle to reassess how we are doing and where we need to go as a community. Our next EAR is due for adoption by the Board of County Commissioners in October 2010 (EAR2010).

The process for updating starts now and your involvement is crucial to our success. There are several ways you can get involved:

· Five town hall meetings in August to solicit ideas on issues and listen to your concerns (See flyer)

· Stake holder meetings

· Additional public hearings before Community Council, Planning Advisory Board and the Board of County Commissioners (Check the website for meeting calendar)

· Dedicated website for the express purpose of receiving your comments, suggestions and ideas throughout the process

Do you think you have nothing to offer? Tell them why the Urban Development Boundary is important to you, or how you feel about wetlands, or sprawl. They need to know what you are thinking. Your opinion is important!


  1. Do Comp Plans mean anything anymore? We had to sue the City three times to get them to adhere to theirs. That process started in 2004 and it's still going on . . .

  2. If not for the comp plan you wouldn't be able to sue, it would just be over for you!