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By Josephine Fuller, Contributing Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – A new report by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) suggests that the City of Miami should take a holistic approach when it comes to protecting its Urban Waterfront, and applauded the pioneering efforts underway. The report also gave advice on funding for the future.

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The panel recommended that the City of Miami continue to build on its owns plans, photo courtesy of City of Miami Government Website. 

The report is based on recommendations from a panel of land use and urban development experts who met last year. The group used ULI’s advisory services program to advise the city on possible solutions.

The panel, which was chaired by Ladd Keith, offered eleven key suggestions for increasing the area’s resiliency. Pursuing a portfolio of financial strategies to become the leader in resilient finance, reducing uncertainty for the community, and supporting the installation of a tidal gate in the river, were just a few.

Another recommendation called for using an expanded transfer of development density policy to encourage sensitive development in less flood-prone areas. It also stated the city should provide capital for existing buildings to make investments in flood-proofing measures when elevating or demolishing a building is untenable, according to the report.

“Our recommendations ultimately balance the various aspects of resilience—economic and social, along with the corresponding environmental challenges and opportunities—and give the city a practical suite of actions they can take to advance the resilience of their urban waterfront,” said Keith in a press release.

One of the main suggestions was that Miami works with its existing plans rather than overhaul them. The city has already developed several of its own plans regarding these issues and the report suggested that they enact the ones they haven’t, and build on the ones they already have.

“Over time Miami has adopted pioneering waterfront standards and regulations. Now the city has indicated a goal and intent of developing new standards for the Miami waterfront that are performance-based and allow flexibility in design,” the report said.

Funding opportunities, design guidelines, and policy approaches are all included in the report. The panel’s visit lasted from June 2nd to 7th, during which they were given tours of waterfront areas and were able to speak with multiple community stakeholders.

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