Neighborhood Infrastructure District System (NIDS) Ordinance
An ordinance or ballot initiative that would bring the Midtown Miami model to the rest of the city by implementing infrastructure districts with locally elected boards and professional, private management that will help make the streets cleaner, more walkable and to connect our disparate neighborhoods together.
The infrastructure districts in city neighborhoods will regulate street scape, sidewalks, streets and all outdoor public spaces with the intent of creating cleaner, safer spaces without potholes, broken curbs. We will fix crumbling sidewalks and the hundreds of broken junction boxes in those sidewalks.
We will accomplish this by identifying areas with existing geographic continuity that contain multiple neighborhoods and enclaves, then creating Community Development Districts (CDDs) around those places. That is how we will integrate the streetscapes of Miami’s neighborhoods.
We will give those CDDs a mandate to work with the community to create master plans for their streets, signage, sidewalks, parks, bike lanes, parking spaces, Uber/Lyft pickup and transit options with the goal of delegating the powers and responsibilities of the Public Works Department so communities have more control over the capital improvement of their outdoor spaces and maintenance of those improvements.
These new CDDs would operate under Florida Statute 190 and would be managed by private companies responsible for private operations staff and can even hire private security for higher-intensity neighborhood safety patrols.
Most importantly, every CDD will have elected supervisors that are not professional politicians, alongside each district commissioner, and all of whom live inside the district boundaries. Our neighborhood districts will hold public meetings inside of communities in order to make key decisions and make geniune efforts to let neighbors know these meetings are happening.
Initially, we will create three districts to cover these areas:
Greater Downtown CDD: From the Miami River to I-395 and from I-95 to Biscayne Bay (with a carve-out for the World Center CDD)
Greater Midtown CDD: From I-395 to I-195 and from I-95 to Biscayne Bay. (with a carve out for the Midtown Miami CDD)
Greater Brickell CDD: Miami River to SE 32nd Road and from I-95 to Biscayne Bay
A new office of Inspector General of Special Districts would be created to curb fraud, waste and abuse within the new districts, and old ones because a recent County Charter amendment placed the City in charge of regulating.
In creating CDDs to manage the neighborhood infrastructure, other organizations would be shrunk, sunsetted, subordinated or used to supply supervisors from its boards onto the CDD boards. Mandatory lobbying registration requirements would apply in all of Miami’s neighborhood CDDs to encourage transparency.
The CDDs will then implement their district plans to facilitate safer streets, and manage quality of life issues during building construction. The districts can even own and manage land, parks, parking facilities and more.
This plan would require approvals from the Miami-Dade County Commission, after the City Commission enacts them.