According to the Miami Herald, the State Cabinet voted 3 to 1, siding with an administrative law judge, to reject the County Commission’s move of the Urban Development Boundary for a Lowe’s store. The County Attorney signaled that it was over for the County. Lowe’s might appeal.
Florida Cabinet denies Lowe’s move of Urban Development Boundary
The Urban Environment League was a founding member and driving force in the Hold the Line movement which was a broad coalition of people, government entities and groups in favor of holding the line on development in areas not served by infrastructure. The UEL agrees with the ruling, we don’t think it is the time to move the UDB line.
The Miami Herald says:
Environmentalists and urban planners hailed the decision, saying it sets a precedent for dealing with counties that attempt to bend state growth management laws and allow sprawl. They hope the ruling will halt attempts by politically powerful developers who are seeking to move development boundaries in other counties, including the creation of a new suburb on the Everglades’ doorstep in Miami-Dade called Parkland.