Our friends in Pinecrest, Florida, are just as concerned about the Rapid Transit Zone and the proposed Zoning changes surrounding Metrorail. They’ve created a group called Concerned Citizens of Pinecrest led by Laura McNaughton.

They have invited everyone in Miami Springs to attend a meeting on Monday, October 18, 2021, at 6:30pm to discuss an update on the Rapid Transit Zone (RTZ) and the County’s Proposed Zoning-Land Development Regulations (LDR) changes along the US-1 corridor and other planned areas of Miami-Dade county.

Metrorail Bridge

If you’re not familiar with the Rapid Transit Zone and what it can mean for Miami Springs, it has the potential of increasing our population from 14,000 to 37,000 residents.¬† Read the original story on the topic below.

Proposal Increases Population from 14,000 to 37,000 in Miami Springs



Below is the map of the RTZ Rapid Transit Zone.  As you can see, the map includes the NW section of the Miami Springs Bird Section and the Abraham Tract that was annexed by the City of Miami Springs.  For reference, this is the southeastern portion of Miami Springs in the area of Le Jeune Road between South River Drive and Baker Aviation.

Rapid Transit Zone RTZ Map
Rapid Transit Zone RTZ Map


Miami-Dade Commission Vice Chairman Oliver Gilbert

During his appearance at a Miami Springs City Council Meeting, Miami-Dade Commissioner Oliver Gilbert said “the Miami Springs Bird Section is off the map.”¬† However, as we noted in our August 9th article (linked below), Commissioner Gilbert would not commit to completely exempting Miami Springs from the RTZ.¬† That left many feeling uncertain as to what the future of the RTZ means for Miami Springs.

Commissioner Gilbert: Bird Section is off the Map


Monday Oct. 18, 2021 at 6:30pm

Concerned Citizens of Pinecrest invites all citizens from all Communities of Miami Dade County for an¬†In-Person¬†Update on the Rapid Transit Zone (RTZ) and¬†the County’s Proposed Zoning- Land Development¬†Regulations (LDR) Changes along the US1 Corridor and other planned areas of Miami Dade County, and why it is important to understand what is happening.¬†

We look forward to meeting new residents from Pinecrest and all other communities of Miami Dade County at Christ the King Lutheran Church to educate and inform you on these changes and to assist you in the organization of NEW Concerned Citizens Groups in your City. 

We will also share the¬†Village of Pinecrest’s 2012 Vision Plan for South Dixie Highway (US1)¬†that after 9 years is being¬†reexamined¬†requiring CHANGES to our¬†Land Development¬†Regulations¬†(LDR) to spur¬†NEW, higher density¬†development¬†along the commercial corridor.¬†

During the September 21, 2021 meeting our Village Council was presented a¬†Market Analysis Report¬†with Investment and Development ideas for US1. ¬†The current Vision Plan¬†includes a Mixed-Use ‚ÄúLifestyle Center‚ÄĚ, a mixture of residential, commercial, and professional high-rise office¬†spaces located in close proximity to the RTZ planned transit hubs at SW 136 Street and/or SW 104 Street and also includes concepts for SW 96 Street.¬†¬†CLICK US1 Vision Plan (2012). ¬†


Monday October 18, 2021 at 6:30pm

Christ the King Lutheran Church
11295 SW 57th Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156
(across Pinecrest Gardens)

For Seating Please RSVP to: 

Please also keep your calendar open for the “Inspire Pinecrest” Workshop #1 taking place via ZOOM on October 27, 2021 at 6pm¬†and Workshop #2 on November 10, 2021 at 6pm.¬†¬†More information will be available at our Meeting.¬†

As we have noted, residents north and south along the US1 corridor are seeing high-density development including in the City Beautiful; Coral Gables, whether residents like it or not.  Since our inception, CCP has been informing Residents that proposed legislation has been drafted and that our semi-rural lifestyle, and our quality of life could be jeopardized with forced high-density development.  

Keeping control of our zoning laws and our land development is at stake for each of us no matter where we live. As such¬†we all have¬†a responsibility to educate ourselves on what’s happening in our cities to safeguard our quality of life.

It is very important to understand that we are a Volunteer Miami-Dade County Resident Organization and that in order for us to continue our growth we need many more Volunteers. 

Please indicate what group you would like to join and volunteer in:

  • Handout Flyers & Sign up New Residents for our Email-Mailers at Various Commercial Locations & Resident Neighborhoods
  • Phone Bank Calling to local Representatives (City & County)
  • Join Our Steering Committee
  • Set Up your Own Local Concerned Citizens Group in your City
  • Click here for your¬†Volunteer Join-Up Form

Please continue to check our website for updates as we continue to reach out to the other Commissioners, city Mayors, and other Citizenry groups.  

Thank you,  

Laura McNaughton Founder, Volunteer, Resident
Concerned Citizens of Pinecrest



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here