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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Grove 2030 has five committees you may like

A friend sent me the mission statement for the Grove 2030 group. I sometimes question the group because in all honesty, we don't know what's happening tomorrow, let alone in the year 2030, but they do have great plans and ideas for the future of our community. Tomorrow, a huge conglomerate can purchase the whole Center Grove and turn it into Mary Brickell Village south. Then what? It' back to square one.

Part of the 2030 Group mission states: "In 2030 the village of Coconut Grove will be distinguished by lush, natural beauty; authentic character and traditions; and by a diverse and engaged citizenry. A network of safe, tree-lined neighborhoods will be linked by bike- and pedestrian-friendly pathways to a vibrant, sustainable business core that caters to the Grove’s eclectic mix of inhabitants."

Our character and traditions have been all but destroyed and the lushness of our village is going away fast, too. I see 2030 as being all chrome and glass, basically another Brickell. 

I honestly wish the group could save the Grove from turning into that. If you are interested in joining the Grove 2030 working groups (there are five), you can volunteer to help out.

Each working group will address a different strategic focus area: (1) Transportation, (2) Civic & Cultural Life, (3) Commercial/Retail, (4) Parks & Public Space, and (5) Housing. These working groups will be composed of diverse stakeholders from the community who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to drafting a plan of action. 

Strategic Goals: by 2030…

Transportation
A pedestrian- and bike-friendly pathway will safely link all Coconut Grove residents to each other, the commercial/retail sector, parks and public spaces and other community assets.

Through the promotion and implementation of public and other alternative modes of transportation, automobile traffic in Coconut Grove will decrease by 40%. Every street and intersection of Coconut Grove will safely accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and users of other alternative modes of transportation.

Civic & Cultural Life
The removal or significant alteration of any structure older than 50 years will require approval from an independent historic review board.

Coconut Grove will govern its own municipal affairs.

Coconut Grove will be nationally recognized as the preeminent arts and cultural district in Miami-Dade.

Commercial/Retail
Coconut Grove’s village center will be economically self-sustaining – a symbiotic balance of office, retail, commercial, entertainment, and resident core services.

A “Special District” will coordinate policy and operations of Coconut Grove’s commercial/retail district.

Coconut Grove business sector will be recognized as statewide leader in environmental sustainability practices.

Parks & Public Spaces
Every Coconut Grove resident will live within a quarter-mile walk of a publically-accessible park, green space or designated open space.

Coconut Grove’s total tree canopy will be 25 percent greater than 2015 levels.

A comprehensive, pro-active response plan will protect Coconut Grove’s parks and public spaces from the threats posed by climate change.

Housing Goals
Coconut Grove will be the recognized leader among Miami-Dade communities in innovation, sustainable development, and Green housing initiatives.

At least 70 percent of all homes and condos will be owner-occupied.

Attainable housing stock – both rental and ownership – will increase 10 percent over existing levels.

To get more info and/or to join a committee, please contact Grove 2030 at 
info@grove2030.org

The Grove 2030 Advisory Committee: Lucas Azar, Katrina Boler, Erin Clancy, Lalo Durazo, Ruth Ewing, Raymond Fort, Javier Gonzalez, Thorn Grafton, Joanna Lombard David Martin, Charles Munroe, Rachel Silverstein, Dave Villano.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we don't participate now, they will be looking back in 2030 and saying, "there use to be a quaint village here, I wonder how we can rebuild it?"

April 24, 2016 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do we join one of these groups? Where are the archived minutes. Interested...

April 25, 2016 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can request further 2030 information at www.grove2030.org
e-mail - info@grove2030.org

April 25, 2016 7:12 PM  

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