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File Number: 142509
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File Number: 142509 File Type: Resolution Status: Public Hearing
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: RICHMOND HEIGHTS/METROZOO AREA CRA Introduced: 11/13/2014
Requester: Office of Management and Budget Cost: Final Action: 3/3/2015
Agenda Date: 3/3/2015 Agenda Item Number: 5
Notes: PH at BCC Title: RESOLUTION DECLARING CERTAIN GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF UNINCORPORATED MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA DESCRIBED GENERALLY AS BOUNDED ON THE NORTH BY SW 152 STREET, ON THE WEST BY SW 137 AVENUE, ON THE SOUTH BY SW 184 STREET, AND ON THE EAST BY SW 117 AVENUE TO BE A SLUM OR BLIGHTED AREA; DECLARING THE REBUILDING, REHABILITATION, CONSERVATION AND REDEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA TO BE IN THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, MORALS AND WELFARE OF RESIDENTS OF RICHMOND HEIGHTS/METROZOO AREA, AND MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA; FINDING NEED FOR CREATION OF COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY; AND DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO PREPARE A REDEVELOPMENT PLAN
Indexes: COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/3/2015 5C Deferred P
REPORT: Notes: ~ The foregoing proposed resolution was deferred to no date certain during the motion to set the agenda. ~ See Agenda Item No. 1G for public comments on this item.

Office of the Chairperson 2/25/2015 Deferrals
REPORT: The Prime Sponsor requested deferral of this item to no date certain.

Health & Social Services Committee 12/8/2014 3A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Terrence Smith read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Moss noted this item was a request to create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in order to support the proposal for a 20th Century theme-park. He stated that not long ago, Economic Development Funds were allocated towards this activity. Commissioner Moss said that a Finding of Necessity study for the area was conducted by the firm, Calvin, Giordano & Associates. The Tax Increment Financing and Coordinating Committee reviewed the study in its July meeting, and recommended that the Board adopt a more compact boundary consisting of only the ZooMiami and Coast Guard properties under consideration for development by Fox Studios and the Former University of Miami property, noted Commissioner Moss. Commissioner Levine Cava said she understood that CRAs were created for alleviation of slum and blight. She asked whether the study concluded that slum and blight conditions existed within the area under consideration; and whether this funding would be available to alleviate slum and blight conditions beyond the scope of the CRA, such as the provision of additional garbage collection. Commissioner Moss noted CRA funds were specifically designated for infrastructure improvements. Mr. Jorge Fernandez, Office of Management and Budget, explained that this was the first of many steps to create a CRA. He noted according to the State of Florida the CRA funds could only be used within CRA boundaries, and had to be included in the redevelopment plan. Responding to Commissioner Levine Cava’s question as to whether the district that was being proposed was primarily composed of public properties, Mr. Fernandez noted it included private lands as well. He clarified that the purpose of CRA funds was for infrastructure improvements. Pursuant to Commissioner Levine Cava’s question regarding whether CRA funds could be used to improve the roads beyond the CRA boundaries, Chairwoman Edmonson said she believed that the road impact fees could be used for that purpose. Mr. Fernandez confirmed that Chairwoman Edmonson was correct. He said that projects usually paid road impact fees, and as road impact districts were quite large, these fees could be sufficient to cover road improvements beyond the CRAs. In response to Commissioner Levine Cava’s question as to whether the funds would cover improvements to the zoo, Mr. Fernandez said this depended on the redevelopment plan; however, there may be restrictions on using CRA funding for that particular use. He noted once the plan was developed, the County Attorneys’ Office could be asked to research this question. Pursuant to Commissioner Levine Cava’s question as to whether it was contemplated that some of the funds would be used for the zoo, Commissioner Moss explained that the intent was to create a world-class destination that would attract additional patrons to the zoo; and also some of the revenue from the leases could be used to assist the zoo with its operations. Pursuant to Commissioner Levine Cava’s request for clarification regarding the study, Ms. Nekisha Smith, Senior Planner, Calvin, Giordano & Associates, noted the studies were required by Florida State Statutes, as they were a prerequisite for the establishment of any CRA. She said that the data and analysis must demonstrate the existence of slum and blight. She stated that once the CRA was established, a community redevelopment plan had to be prepared. Ms. Smith provided a brief overview of the findings of the study, as follows: inadequate provision for sanitation; high population density and overcrowding; defective parking facilities and roadways; faulty lot layout; unsanitary conditions; inadequate and outdated building density pattern; and high vacancy rates. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Committee members proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution, as presented.

County Attorney 11/21/2014 Assigned Terrence A. Smith 11/24/2014

Office of Agenda Coordination 11/18/2014 Assigned County Attorney 1/21/2015
REPORT: OMB - Commissioner Moss sponsors - Pending Dec cmte - County Attorney: Terrence Smith - Attachments: Metrozoo FON, Map of Area

Ed Marquez 11/18/2014 Assigned Office of Agenda Coordination 11/18/2014 11/18/2014

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DECLARING CERTAIN GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF UNINCORPORATED MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA DESCRIBED GENERALLY AS BOUNDED ON THE NORTH BY SW 152 STREET, ON THE WEST BY SW 137 AVENUE, ON THE SOUTH BY SW 184 STREET, AND ON THE EAST BY SW 117 AVENUE TO BE A SLUM OR BLIGHTED AREA; DECLARING THE REBUILDING, REHABILITATION, CONSERVATION AND REDEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA TO BE IN THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, MORALS AND WELFARE OF RESIDENTS OF RICHMOND HEIGHTS/METROZOO AREA, AND MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA; FINDING NEED FOR CREATION OF COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY; AND DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO PREPARE A REDEVELOPMENT PLAN

BODY
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature during its 1969 Legislative Session enacted the Community Redevelopment Act of 1969 which is presently codified in the Florida Statutes at Part III of Chapter 163, Sections 163.330 through 163.450, as amended, (“Act”); and

WHEREAS, all powers arising pursuant to the Act are conferred upon counties with Home Rule charters, which counties in turn are authorized to delegate certain such powers to municipalities within their boundaries; and

WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (“Board”) adopted Resolution No. R-137-14, which directed the County Mayor or the County Mayor’s designee to update the Finding of Necessity for the Richmond Heights/Metrozoo area; and

WHEREAS, the Board considered the “Finding of Necessity” Study attached as Exhibit A (the “Study”), concerning the existence of a slum or blighted area within the unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County bounded on the North by SW 152 Street, on the West by SW 137 Avenue, on the South by SW 184 Street, and on the East by SW 117 Avenue, which is specifically described in the Study and is referred to as the “Richmond Heights/Metrozoo Redevelopment Area” in such Study; and

WHEREAS, the Board concurs with the Study and finds that one or more slum or blighted areas, as defined in Section 163.340(7) and (8), respectively, of the Act exist within the area identified in the Study; and

WHEREAS, the Board finds that rebuilding, rehabilitation, conservation, and/or redevelopment of said slum or blighted area is necessary in the interest of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare of the residents of Richmond Heights/Metrozoo Area and of Miami-Dade County; and

WHEREAS, the Board finds that said slum or blighted area is appropriate for redevelopment; and

WHEREAS, the Board finds that there is a need for a community redevelopment agency to carry out the community redevelopment purposes of the Act; and

WHEREAS, this Board desires to accomplish the purposes outlined in the accompanying memorandum, a copy of which is incorporated herein by reference,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:

Section 1. The foregoing recitations are incorporated as a part of this resolution by reference.

Section 2. The Board declares and finds that based on findings in the Study, a blighted or slum area exists in an area of unincorporated Miami-Dade County generally as bounded on the North by SW 152 Street, on the West by SW 137 Avenue, on the South by SW 184 Street, and on the East by SW 117 Avenue, which is specifically described in the Study and is referred to as the “Richmond Heights/Metrozoo Redevelopment Area”

Section 3. The Board declares and finds that the rebuilding, rehabilitation, conservation and redevelopment of the Richmond Heights/Metrozoo Redevelopment Area is necessary and in the best interest of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare of the residents of Miami-Dade County as a whole.

Section 4. The Board declares and finds that that the Richmond Heights/Metrozoo Redevelopment Area is a slum or blighted area as defined in Section 163.340 of the Act as applied to Miami-Dade County.

Section 5. The Board declares and finds that there is a need for an Agency to function and carry out the community redevelopment purposes of the Act.

Section 6. The Board directs the County Mayor or the County Mayor’s designee to prepare an action item that includes a plan of redevelopment for the Richmond Heights/Metrozoo Redevelopment Area, and to submit such action items to the Board, with appropriate commissioner sponsorship and committee review, for approval after notice and public hearing.

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Date: January 21, 2015

To: Honorable Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa
and Members, Board of County Commissioners

From: Carlos A. Gimenez
Mayor

Subject: Resolution Approving the Finding of Necessity for the Richmond Heights/Metrozoo Area

STAFF RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Board of County Commissioners (Board) consider taking the following actions:
1. The Board, based on the Finding of Necessity (Study), declares and finds a geographic area within Miami-Dade County (County), bounded on the North by SW 152 Street, on the West by SW 137 Avenue, on the South by SW 184 Street, and on the East by SW 117 Avenue, which is specifically described in the Study, attached as Exhibit A, and is referred to as the Richmond Heights/Metrozoo Redevelopment Area (Area) to be a slum or blighted area, pursuant to Chapter 163, Part III, Florida Statutes (Act);
2. The Board declares and finds that the rebuilding, rehabilitation, conservation and redevelopment of the Area is necessary in the interest of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare of the residents of Miami-Dade County as a whole;
3. The Board declares and finds that the Area is a slum or blighted area as defined in Section 163.340 of the Act as applied to Miami-Dade County;
4. The Board declares and finds that there is a need for a community redevelopment agency to function and carry out the community redevelopment purposes of the Act; and
5. The Board directs the County Mayor or the County Mayor’s designee to prepare a plan of redevelopment for the Area, and to submit the plan of redevelopment to the Board for approval after notice and public hearing.

Scope of Agenda Item
This item accepts the Study identifying approximately 2,146 acres within the unincorporated municipal service area (UMSA), which lie entirely in Commission District 9 represented by Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, to be slum and blighted (see Exhibit B).

Should a community redevelopment agency be created, the Area covered will make it the second largest in the County, with only the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency larger at 3,540 acres. The Study includes the Zoo Miami, Coast Guard, and the former [MM1]University of Miami [FJ(2]properties.

Fiscal Impact / Funding Source
A community redevelopment agency’s revenue source is generated through the incremental growth of ad valorem revenues generated on real property beyond an established base year, tax increment financing, as defined in Section 163.387 of the Florida State Statutes. As provided in the Study, should this area become a community redevelopment agency, the countywide and UMSA revenues will be deposited into a trust fund and will be used within the redevelopment area to fund projects that will eradicate the slum and blight in the community pursuant to the redevelopment plan. The approval of this item will not create the trust fund for the agency. A subsequent legislative item will be presented to the Board at a later date for consideration.

Track Record / Monitor
This resolution does not provide for contracting with any specific entity. It declares the Area as a slum or blighted area.

MANAGER'S BACKGROUND
Background
In 1969, the Florida Legislature enacted the Act, as it is presently codified in Part III of Chapter 163, Florida Statutes, as amended. The Act authorizes counties and municipalities in the State of Florida to create community redevelopment agencies, to prepare redevelopment plans for certain defined areas within their boundaries designed as community redevelopment areas, within which community redevelopment projects may be undertaken to eliminate and prevent the development and spread of slum and blighted areas through the use of creative financing mechanisms. Pursuant to the Act, the Board is the governing body over community redevelopment agencies in the County, but the Board can delegate redevelopment powers at its discretion, after a finding has been made determining that slum or blight exists within a defined area. In order to implement the Act, the Board must adopt a resolution finding that:
* One or more slum or blighted areas exists within the proposed area; and
* That rehabilitation, conservation, or redevelopment, or a combination thereof, of the redevelopment area is necessary in the interest of the public health, safety, morals or welfare of the residents of the County.

Resolution R-137-14 adopted by the Board on February 4, 2014, requested that a study previously prepared for the Area be updated. It is important to note that the Study before the Board includes a smaller geographic area than the previous study based on a recommendation from the County’s Tax Increment Financing and Coordinating Committee (Committee) as explained further below. The Study as part of this item, prepared by Calvin, Giordano & Associates, examines the conditions in the proposed redevelopment area and concludes that conditions of slum and blight, as defined in the Act, exist. The Study identifies conditions including inadequate provision for sanitation, high population density and overcrowding, defective parking facilities and roadways, faulty lot layout, unsanitary conditions, inadequate and outdated building density pattern and high vacancy rates.

Adoption of the Study is the first step in the process to create a community redevelopment agency. Acceptance of the Study does not automatically create a community redevelopment agency nor does it fund any improvements in the area. The Board must approve a redevelopment plan with redevelopment strategies for the area and, in order to fund those improvements, the Board must then enact an ordinance to establish a trust fund.

The Tax Increment Financing and Coordinating Committee (Committee) reviewed the Study on July 9, 2014. During the meeting, the Committee discussed the boundaries and recommended that the Board adopt a more compact boundary inclusive of only the ZooMiami and Coast Guard properties currently under consideration for development by Fox Studios and the former University of Miami property, which is now being privately developed for housing [MM3]and r[FJ(4]etail purposes. The proposed boundaries, which are more fully described in Exhibit B, are based on the Committee’s recommendation.


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Edward Marquez
Deputy Mayor



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