Thursday, October 20, 2016

2020 is less than 4 years away. Getting Palmetto Bay ready to deal with even more growth down south

2020 - Are we ready to live next door to a city of 55,000 or more in less than 4 years (2020)? This is going to cause additional stress to our traffic planning.

I need my fellow council members to step up on this issue.  485?  We have provided the breakdown for the actual reduction of overall impact of density at the Palmetto Bay Village Center (PBVC).  We also have discussed how the Village council dramatically reduced the impact of downtown from a County max of 23-26,000 down to 5,500 (with the practical number closer to 3,000). 

But why are none of my fellow council members (including the vice mayor) talking about participating in managing the growth down south?  Growth is exploding down south and we will soon have a 55,000 resident municipal neighbor to the South, many (all at one point or another) wanting to drive north – adjacent to or even through Palmetto Bay.   

“The town’s population has grown by 27 percent since our incorporation and is estimated to be over 55,000 by 2020,” said Rafael Casals, town manager. “Our goal is to proactively implement roadway improvements and transportation options that will support our growth.”
According to staff, the main focus of the study is to identify residential areas with excessive speeding, cut-through streets, and restricting of commercial truck traffic. For planning purposes, the town will be divided into three corridors that will be studied independently and then collectively in the final master plan.
We have the same problems as Cutler Bay, though our population has remained essentially the same, if not slightly declines since our incorporation. 

I am working hard to get Palmetto Bay ready to deal as practically as possible with the tremendous growth down south.  I am looking forward to participation from the Vice Mayor and other council members, any/all of which can bring proposals forward rather than merely taking shots and misrepresenting all the results to date which has carefully managed our growth; which will prevent Palmetto Bay from ever becoming a 50,000 (or worse, a 55,000) resident municipality. 

Very truly yours,

Eugene Flinn, Mayor
Palmetto Bay

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