Miami Herald, Letter to the Editor: Smart planning for the county’s future

On Thursday, the Miami-Dade commissioners will take up a number of issues critical to the future of our county.

Our planning staff has presented recommendations designed to strengthen the county’s development plan by bolstering policies curtailing traffic-inducing urban sprawl and redirecting energy and resources away from farmland and climate and storm-vulnerable wetlands. Agriculture remains a vibrant and critically important industry in our community, and with the inclusion of market-based Transfer of Development Rights incentives into our Master Plan, our ever-resilient and resourceful growers will have another tool to help them persevere.

New proposed policies also solidify our commitment to confronting the impacts of climate change and double-down on our goal to put Miami-Dade on a clean, renewable-energy course. Miami-Dade faces a challenging future as we confront climate change and this reinforces the need to accelerate Everglades Restoration. Simultaneously we must do all we can as a county to support and improve restoration success, not impede projects.

I recently participated in discussions with the leadership of the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Interior, the South Florida Water Management District, Sen. Marco Rubio’s office, and key environmental organizations on renewed efforts to advance critical Biscayne Bay restoration projects. The good news is that all of the partners involved are actively engaged and working hard to accelerate these key projects — and long dormant components of

Everglades Restoration, like the Bird Drive Basin and the second phases of both C-111 canal and Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands are now being advanced.

An important effort to protect critical Everglades project areas has been put forward by state Rep. Bryan Avila and co-sponsored by Vance Aloupis through HB 775, as it will serve to bring back the Everglades as an area of critical state concern, requiring greater state oversight and protect against development that would impede Everglades restoration.

I pledged to do everything I can to make sure Miami-Dade is an active and effective partner in these efforts. After all, it is our home, our water, our environment.

Daniella Levine Cava

District 8 Commissioner

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