With over 84 miles of coastline and a population of 2.6 million people, Miami-Dade County is one of the most vulnerable areas to sea level rise in the country. Many parts of the County are already regularly experiencing flooding due to low elevations and drainage problems, and the County is vulnerable to extreme weather events that could include catastrophic winds and storm surge. South Florida’s porous substrate also makes traditional defenses, such as levees, less effective for managing groundwater levels and flooding.
Miami-Dade County invited ULI to study the Arch Creek Basin area, a multi-jurisdictional area which comprises approximately 2,838 acres and four municipalities, as well as unincorporated County land. The area is economically diverse and includes sites which have experienced repetitive losses due to routine flooding. The area is also likely to experience development and change, as a future commuter rail station will…Read more