Is it true?
The supporters of the proposed land use change at Old Cutler Road and SW 184th Street that would allow high density, four-story development there say that high density is necessary to accommodate future population growth in Cutler Bay. They say we must widen Old Cutler Road. They say that high density development will boost the town’s revenues from property taxes.
But, is any of this true?
A simple review of Cutler Bay’s zoning map shows that the current zoning will accommodate at least 92,000 residents (34,000 dwelling units) in Cutler Bay — almost double today’s population and more than enough to accommodate future growth without any land use or zoning change.
Widening Old Cutler Road is foolish and irresponsible — any competent traffic engineer will tell you that widening doesn’t work, it just results in more traffic.
And, I can’t help but think that the decline in property values of all the homes around this high density development could offset any tax revenue generated by the development — maybe even resulting in a net loss in revenues.
Let’s hope our Town Council is not swayed and dazzled by the developer’s empty rhetoric, but instead think through all of the negative impacts of this proposed development and then vote to deny the land use change.
This is my opinion, what do you think? Tell your elected officials. They were elected to protect your interests, not those of out-of-town corporate developers.
Steve Zarzecki, Cutler Bay
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