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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018 3:01 pm

This Wednesday, October 3rd, the county commission will hold a meeting downtown in chambers beginning at 9:30. The name and I.D. number of the Application is Estates of Biscayne, LLC Z2017000169.

The item most important on the agenda is a second trip by the owner, Mr. Lewis Swezy, who is going back to the Commission for his second attempt this year to ask that the denial vote rendered by Redland Community Council 14, be overturned so the current agricultural use and zoning of the 10 acre property located at SW 288th Street and SW 172 Avenue (a corner parcel) can be changed for home construction.

The trend of the area includes multi-acreage home sites which also include fruit groves, plant nurseries, tree farms and vegetable farming. Several parcels have dedicated portions of their land classified as Natural Forest Community (NFC). The area is not trended for single family homes with 12,500-15,000 square foot lots such as the zoning being requested by the owner/developer would allow. The three sided rule applies where three of the four sides (east, west and south) have agricultural uses on multi-acre home sites.

The owner also owns the adjacent 10 acre row crop parcel to the north. The owner made an Application to Council 14 more than 10 years ago to change the zoning on the entire 20 acres and build residences. The Application went before REDLAND Council 14 and was denied twice. It went before the County Commission who also denied his Application twice¿½twice!

The Applicant/owner will be pleading his case again on October 3rd where he will ask them to override Council 14s vote of denial and for the Commission to allow the zone to be changed from its current Agricultural (AU) zone to EU-M (Estate Modified). The entire 20 acres has had an agricultural exemption all these years where row crops were grown.

If the Commissioners vote in favor of the owner/developer for the 10 acre parcel, an application will be forthcoming for the second 10 acre adjacent parcel resulting in another 20 acres of homes, traffic and congestion and angry neighbors disgusted with how the area is changing for the worse.

The bottom line, it will mean another loss for agriculture. You may believe, well, its only 10 acres or only 20 acres but there have been far too many 10, 20 and more acres being lost to development.

Please be an advocate for the land we love and the area in south Dade we choose to live in. Don’t step back one day and say I sure wish I’d done something, anything, to save what may not be in our backyards much longer. Please attend the Commission meeting on October 3rd. It is not necessary for you to speak, just your presence is a show of force and that you cared enough to be there.

Sidney Robinson

Redland Tropical Fruit Grower

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