October – November 2012
The Workgroup Roadshows were a highly engaging, interactive series of day-long workgroup meetings with community leaders, activists, stakeholders and residents in each of the seven counties. Over 250 people attended these events. The roadshows were designed to gather public input needed for the development of Seven50 scenarios and the Prosperity Plan. The “big ideas” presented by the workgroups during the Opening Summit were tailored to the needs and concerns of each of the individual county.
Monroe County described how they will see a disproportionate effect of climate change and will need the assistance of other counties in order to maintain their existing utilities and US 1. The Keys are an economic and recreational benefit to the entire region.
Miami-Dade and Broward counties are near build-out and look to infill development and densification around more transit stops to accommodate new residents without a decrease in the quality of life. Workgroups described how new residents in urban centers will help the cities of the region become cultural and arts centers as well as places of increased economic opportunity. Workgroups voiced their concerns that the remaining agricultural land in Miami-Dade is threatened by highway expansion.
Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River county residents expressed a desire to protect and enhance existing centers while preserving property rights, open space and agricultural areas. One regional problem in need of a regional solution is the water flushed from Lake Okeechobee east along the St. Lucie River which pollutes fragile coastal estuaries.
The discussion in each workgroup was led by a member of either the consultant team or one of the regional planning councils. Each of the workgroups, in each county, presented ideas which became the first priorities listed in the “Tomorrow” section of this Prosperity Plan.
Hands-On Workgroup Workshop
April 10, 2013
On April 1O, 2013 over 100 people attended hands-on work- shops that occurred simultaneously and interactively at four locations throughout the region: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce. In addition to the in-person attendees, many others participated online.
The workshop began with an overview of the work developed on draft scenarios based on the trend scenario and the information gathered during the Workgroup Roadshows. Draft maps were given to participants and they were asked to analyze an emerging scenario that focused mixed-use development around existing and proposed transit throughout the region. Based on the exercises and comments received, the scenario was broken into three alternative scenarios.
Summer & Fall 2013
In the summer and fall of 2013 the project team continued stake- holder meetings with a variety of local, state, and federal agencies; local non-profit organizations; business leaders; utility providers; environmental organizations; port and airport directors; local neighborhood organizations; minority advocacy groups and various others. At the same time, workshops were held in Monroe County to consider climate change resilience strategies; in North Miami to engage the Caribbean community during a Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC) Summit; and in South Miami for the Lean In: New Leaders event, which focused on the Millennial Generation.