Ludlam Trail Highlighted at Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

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Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee members

The December 2015 meeting of the Miami Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) was updated by Miami-Dade County staff regarding the latest activities involving the Ludlam Trail initiative.

The BPAC is comprised of Miami-Dade citizens who review transportation plans and projects for non-motorized mobility and safety, and provides a forum for the discussion of issues affecting bicyclists and pedestrians.

As summarized by Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources Department:

“The Comprehensive Development Master Plan amendment process was done to create a new district in the plan and allow development in the Ludlam Trail corridor coordinated with the multi-use paved path. A series of charrettes was held by County staff to get public input about the type and location of future residential and commercial uses. Four development areas were selected in the unincorporated area: Blue Lagoon: up to 125 units/acre, 12 stories; Tamiami Trail: up to 125 units/acre, 12 stories; Coral Way up to 60 units/acre, 6 stories and Bird Road up to 90 units/acre, 6 stories. In all districts there shall also be no more than two additional non-habitable stories per building, in order to accommodate the design of recreational trail overpass. The recreational trail segments and associated amenities shall be designed in a manner sensitive to adjacent uses.

Buffering should be considered in the design of the recreational trail segments where adjacent to single family residential. Open space shall be provided in the form of a minimum 15-foot wide continuous trail within each development area. The amendment was approved for transmittal to the state for review. Final approval of the amendment is scheduled for March 2, 2016. The following step will be creation of land development regulations (LDRs) that will control the details of the new buildings and the trail. Also, a separate process will amend the existing Downtown Kendall Urban Center which controls the development between SW 80 St and US-1. The City of Miami will address development within the city limits.”

In addition to the update, the BPAC discussed the need for development areas to be equipped with adequate bicycle parking to accommodate residents and visitors choosing to use multi-modal transportation rather than a car.  We thank Miami-Dade County the BPAC for their update and recommendations.

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