URBAN INFILL AND TAX INCREMENT FINANCING INVESTIGATION
WORKING GROUP COMBINED MEETING:
Minutes of meeting
MAR. 5, 2002
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
|The Miami River Commissionís Urban Infill Working Group, chaired by Mr. Jim Murley, and the Tax Increment Financing Investigation Working Group, chaired by Dr. Ernest Martin, held a combined meeting on Tuesday, March 5, 2002, 10 am, Miami Riverside Center, 444 SW 2nd Ave, City Managerís Conference room. Mr. Murley opened the meeting with self-introductions, and the attendance sheet is enclosed.||
stated that during his tenure as Director of Floridaís Department of
Community Affairs (DCA), the DCA was heavily involved in the creation of
a new section of State Statute Chapter 163, regarding the Urban Infill
Planning and designation process. Murley
explained he was glad the MRCís UIWG and TIF subcommittees were having
this opportunity to discuss the relatively new Urban Infill process, as
it directly relates to the creation of a TIF.
Murley reminded the TIF subcommittee that in the 2000 Miami River
Improvement Act, the State legislature requested the City and County to
create a Miami River Corridor Urban Infill Plan.
Therefore, the City and County have entered into a Joint Planning
Agreement to create the Miami River Corridor Urban Infill Plan, pursuant
to state Statute163. Numerous
grants were awarded to contract Kimley-Horn and Associates to assist the
City and County Planning Departments in creating the Miami River
Corridor Urban Infill Plan. The
consultants Scope of Services expressly request the creation of an Urban
Infill Plan, pursuant to Chapter 163.
Murley noted the process of creating and adopting an Urban Infill
Plan, is different from that of creating a Community Redevelopment Area
(CRA). While the creation
of a CRA requires a determination of slum and blight, the adoption of
the Urban Infill Plan and boundary would make a subsection of the
designated Urban Infill area eligible for the creation of a Tax
Increment Financing District, without a separate determination of slum
and blight. Therefore, the
future steps include the reviews by the appropriate City and County
Advisory Boards and subcommittees, administration and elected officials,
and the Miami River Commissionís May meeting.
By ordinance the City Commission and Board of County
Commissionerís would adopt the Urban Infill Plan, and a map amendment
to the City and County Comprehensive Planís, approving the Urban
Infill boundary. The
adopted map would then go to the Florida Department of Community affairs
for review. Murley stated
the importance of taking parallel, not sequential time lines in this
process. Ms. Dena Bianchino, Assistant City Manager, stated she would
assign a City Attorney to begin drafting the necessary ordinances for
adoption of the plan, and the Comprehensive Plan Map amendment.
Murley explained the Urban Infill Planís implementation would commence upon its adoption. One component of the Planís implementation, which would result in an overall expedited funding of the Urban Infill Planís recommendations, is the creation of a Tax
Financing District. Following the guidelines of Chapter 163.387, ďA local
government with an adopted Urban Infill and Redevelopment Plan may
employ tax increment financing under s. 163.387Ē.
The process to achieve this objective is the City Commission and
Board of County Commissioners would create an ordinance adopting the Tax
Increment Financing Boundary, within the larger previously adopted Urban
Infill Boundary. In
addition, the City Commission and Board of County Commissioners would
agree upon the governance structure for the new Tax Increment Financing
funded through the TIF must be located within the TIF district, and
previously planned in the adopted Urban Infill Plan.
Dr. Ernest Martin, chair of the Miami River Commissionís Tax
Increment Financing Investigation Subcommittee, stated the projects
supported by the subcommittee, including, but not limited to, dredging,
implementing the Miami River Greenway Action Plan (unanimously adopted
by the City and County Commission), Implementing the Miami River Water
Quality Report, written by the South Florida Water Management District,
Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Environmental
County Department Of Environmental Resource Management, City of Miami,
and the Miami River Commission, which was approved by the MRC on
February 4, 2002. In
addition, a few catalytic private-public redevelopment projects may be
funded by TIF financing.
Esq. Stated he was representing the City of Miamiís Community
Redevelopment Authority (CRA). Cardwell explained the planning firm of Dover and Kohl was
contracted by the CRA to plan possible expansions of the existing CRA,
including expansion options, which included the Miami River Corridor.
Furthermore, Cardwell notified the MRCís TIF and UIWG
subcommittees that the CRA was scheduled to hear this item during their
March 25, 2002 meeting. MRC
Chair, Robert L. Parks, Esq., requested MRC staff to publicly notice a
meeting of the MRCís Executive Committee to discuss the Miami River
Corridor Plan and Tax Increment Financing District.
The meeting was adjourned.