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The area is among the most sensitive, long seen as a key link to restoring the Everglades and fending off sea rise.

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The developers pledged to purchase and maintain 622 acres of environmentally endangered lands so the county can preserve them. The mayor remains concerned about the environmental impacts of the project.

Property owners are proposing to extend Dade’s Urban Development Boundary westward with a massive new project.

The project would be called Green City, according to plans submitted last month. It could add about 26,000 new residents and thousands of new jobs near the edge of the Everglades.

Planned for the 859 acres include 11,401 homes, 1.36 million square feet of retail, 925,000 square feet of office, 350,000 square feet of industrial, 475,000 square feet of government and educational uses, and 660 hotel rooms.

Ownership of the property is controlled by several different entities who have combined for the application.

Extending development beyond the UDB is controversial due to concerns about sprawl and other environmental issues. Others, including the politically connected Jeff Soffer’s Turnberry Holdings have also been trying to move it. A supermajority vote is required by Dade’s commission.

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Source: The Next Miami