For Immediate Release
October 26, 2016
Contact: Nicole Singletary
Miami Lakes, FL - Brandon Schaad, Director for the Town’s Planning Department, has been selected as a panelist at the upcoming The Miami Dade County League of Cities 6th Annual Best Practices Conference. Moderated by Village of Pinecreat Vice Mayor James E. McDonald, additional panelists include County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Alice Bravo County Director Transportation and Public Works, and Aileen Bouclé Executive Director for the County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. Mr. Schaad’s topic, “Innovation in Miami Lakes”, will specifically address the Mobility Fee Ordinance which was unanimously passed at the April 5th Town Council Meeting.
The ordinance replaces traditional traffic concurrency with a mobility fee system that would be more fair, effective and efficient that the existing system, and would take account of alternative modes of travel, consistent with the Council's direction in the recently-adopted Strategic Plan. After receiving a grant from the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Town commissioned an "Alternative to Concurrency" study, and this proposed ordinance is the result of its recommendations. Replacement of traditional transportation concurrency with more innovative solutions was specifically allowed by growth management legislation passed by the Florida Legislature in 2011.
The Mobility Fee is best understood in contrast to the current concurrency system. The current system only addresses the capacity of roadways to handle automobiles, and does not consider other modes of transportation. Only considering driving has meant that infrastructure for other modes is neglected, and on its own - along with land use decisions - has created an environment unfriendly to other modes of transportation. The Mobility Fee replaces Currency by assessing a fee based on the number of daily trips added as a result of a new development. The Mobility Fee will help to fund the Town’s transportation initiatives that incorporate alternative modes of transportation, thereby supporting the Town's efforts toward complete streets and creating greater mobility.
For more information about the Town’s Transportation Initiatives, please visit www.miamilakes-fl.gov/mobility.