MIAMI-DADE COUNTY – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime is championing “density” to address the County’s affordable housing crisis with his ordinance that promotes affordability in the North Central Urban Area District (NCUAD) where the Northside Metrorail Station and NW 7th Avenue urban corridor are located. The ordinance was approved unanimously by the Miami-Dade County Commission on June 4, 2019.
Introducing mixed-use development along the County’s major transit corridors will provide Miami-Dade and its residents with the critical access to the affordable housing and jobs they need. Density is the answer for the 60% of Miami-Dade’s residents who are considered “cost-burdened” because they spend more than 30% of their gross income on housing.
Today, hundreds of thousands of people commute from one end of the County to the other. Despite improvements to our roads and highways, commutes are only growing longer for wage earners: 29% of all commuters spend 90 minutes or more to get to work in Miami-Dade County.
“Increasing density in the urban core is the answer to the County’s affordable housing crisis, and housing is directly linked to jobs,” Commissioner Monestime said. “The County’s goal should be to ensure there is housing closer to where the jobs are. It’s just common sense.”