Community Planning in Miami-Dade County By Benigna Marko

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An active participant in Miami-Dade County’s neighborhoods and municipalities, the Department of Planning and Zoning relies upon residents’ input throughout the community development process. This department boasts a talented team of urban designers, planners, and architects who base their plans on data from Small Area Studies. In these studies, community planning staff members gather residents for a week-long charrette or public planning workshop. These meetings help officials understand how residents envision their community developing in the coming years.

The community planning staff members then compile this data into a charrette report, which prioritizes community recommendations and zoning requests. Ultimately, the Department of Planning and Zoning produces a Comprehensive Development Master Plan that covers not only land use and housing, but also such infrastructural issues as solid waste management, community health, coastal management, and intergovernmental coordination.

About the Author:
A longtime member of the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning team, Benigna Marko served as the Administrative Service Division Director and the Assistant Director of Administration & Operations.