Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions…
Who are Friends of Ludlam Trail?
You can meet our board here. We are primarily made of Ludlam Trail neighbors – folks who live within a short walk to the trail, and who want to see this project come to life. Our coalition is made of neighborhood associations, businesses, and stakeholders, all united toward the vision of a 100′ linear park and greenway.
Is Friends of the Ludlam Trail a non-profit organization?
Yes, our parent 501 (c) (3) organization is Green Mobility Network ( http://greenmobilitynetwork.org ) whose mission is to serve as a network of organizations that advocate to make Miami-Dade a safer – and more enjoyable – place to bicycle, run, and walk. http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/26-2132266/green-mobility-network.aspx
Where is the Ludlam Trail?
The Ludlam Trail Corridor runs north/south between 67 and 72 Avenue, between Perimeter Road in the north and US1 to the south.
How long is the Ludlam Trail?
The Ludlam Trail Corridor is 6.2 miles long, and typically 100’ wide, though it narrows at certain location. It amounts to 70 acres.
Who owns the Ludlam Trail?
The Ludlam Trail Corridor is currently owned by Florida East Coast Industries.
Are people allowed on the trail?
Not at this time! FECI is working together with FOLT to allow legal access to the land.
Who will manage the trail?
Initially FECI and FOLT will host events and activities along the trail at selected dates. By late 2016 – 2017 these responsibilities will pass to a Conservancy Trust, to be created by Miami-Dade County, and managed by a Board composed of major stakeholders including Miami-Dade County, Florida East Coast Industries, and Friends of Ludlam Trail.
How will you address liability concerns with public access?
FOLT will obtain extensive liability coverage consistent with FECI requirements for each event until continuous open access is allowed.
Is the Ludlam Trail a reality that will get built?
We’re getting there! We hope to the have the corridor open to the public within the year. Currently, the corridor is private property owned by Florida East Coast Industries. Our organization serves as the lead advocate in favor of the land being dedicated as a world class linear park and trail. FECI has already made improvements to the land that prepare us for full public access within the year.
What is the Friends of the Ludlam Trail vision?
Our vision from Day 1 has been, in the words of Peter Rabbino, “a 100′ wide linear park and trail.” We want to see the corridor converted into a world class linear park and trail. We support the CDMP master plan that was the result of countless meetings and charrettes that envisions limited development at major nodes, with the majority of the corridor dedicated as a publicly accessible park. Our vision sees the native pine rockland ecosystem that once inhabited this land as a basis for the character of the park, as envisioned on our homepage.
What is the CDMP process about again?
The short term goal of this process is to transmit a comprehensive development master plan (CDMP) amendment to the state for review. CDMP language sets general maximum development limits and identifies general categories of uses (ie. open space, or commercial) . It is not the same as a zoning process, which defines setbacks, buffers and landscaped areas. The long term goal is to allow FECI to develop the property (at limited locations), while preserving the continuity of the trail and designing majority of the corridor as a natural park.
Don’t we need a master plan that identifies buffers, shelters, landscape areas, bathrooms, parking, and other park amenities?
Yes! This is only the first step in a multi-year process. The CDMP is a first step. The next step in this process will involve drafting a master plan for the open space sections of the corridor, and setting zoning standards for the design of the linear park and for the buildings at the nodes. The zoning process will define standards for these elements, while a more detailed master plan will define where they can and cannot occur.
What is being proposed for the Ludlam Trail corridor?
Consistent with what was discussed at the charrette, the majority of the corridor remains open space. No development is planned for areas behind single family housing. With over 75% of the land slated to be open space, this new 40 acre park in the heart of Miami-Dade County will be one of the largest additions of open space in Miami in decades. For the remaining 25% of the corridor, key nodes within the 100’ wide corridor will be developed with mixed-use buildings that will include a trail component.
Where is development occurring? How tall will the buildings be?
There are four pockets of development envisioned: Bird Road, Coral Way, 8 Street and Flagler/Blue Lagoon. Each would incorporate a public trail envelope in its design, including overhead crossings for major streets. Buildings will be 12 stories at Blue Lagoon and 8 Street, and a 6 Stories elsewhere.
Can you fit a trail and development within 100’?
Yes, there are innovative approaches to fully integrating a trail into, through, and under the buildings. You can see some of the these visions on ludlamtrail.org/development. We are excited to see FECI exploring the concept of Trail Oriented Development, and eager to see how the buildings continue to evolve. From a public access perspective, the buildings will provide a critical uninterrupted link across major intersections, while also providing important amenities for folks on the trail.
Does FOLT support a buffer and limited park uses?
As we mention above, the upcoming zoning and detailed master plan process will address these issues in a more detailed way. At this point it is fair to say that there are certain uses (ie. bathrooms) that we can all agree would not be appropriate in all areas of the trail, and we agree that the zoning process will need to address the privacy concerns of the neighbors. Exact details related to landscaped buffers, setbacks and allowable uses will be thoroughly discussed during the next phase of work.
How do I become more involved in this initiative?
If you haven’t already, please sign up for updates on the Ludlam Trail website, and like us on Facebook.
Volunteer – Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. If it wasn’t for the passion of our board, steering committee and thousands of concerned residents, this initiative would not be possible. Our volunteers assist us with website/social media blogging, door to door outreach, event planning and more. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.