MIAMI-DADE LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN UPDATE TO THE YEAR 2040 Chapter 8 | Expanding our Horizon EYES ON THE FUTURE | 8-9 Figure 8-7 | Southeast Florida Development Trends Seven50 Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan The Seven50 Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan is a vision for the economic prosperity of the seven counties in Southeast Florida – Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St Lucie, and Indian River counties – with a horizon year of 2060. Spearheaded by the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils and the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership (SFRP), Seven50 is mapping the strategy for the best-possible quality of life for the more than six million residents of the seven-county mega region. In partnership with over 200 agencies across the seven counties, Miami-Dade MPO and several other Miami-Dade based agencies and organizations were Consortium Partners throughout the plan and actively participated in its development from the kick-off in 2010 through the closing Summit in 2014. The plan was devised through a series of public summits, workshops, online outreach and high-impact studies led by the region’s top thinkers. Seven50 was made possible by a competitive grant awarded to the region from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Initiative. The planning process for Seven50 was a full community effort that involved civic and community leaders, local and national experts, and a wide cross-section of the public. A transparent process, open communication, and intense public outreach were a priority from the start of Seven50. The team used the latest technology available to broadcast and document every event and to share with the region every idea presented during project summits, workshops and community meetings. One of the technologies used to understand community desires was the Seven50 Online Scenario Modeler. The Online Modeler allowed the public to explore different scenarios for growth and development in the seven counties for the next fifty years and beyond. The public was encouraged to explore the various options, communicate their priorities for the future, and determine what broad policy decisions should be encouraged to lead to their preferred scenario for the future. In four months of voting, thousands of comments were received and the preferred scenario was selected: the Region in Motion scenario as shown in Figure 8-7 . In this scenario, a significant percentage of the roughly 3 million new residents by 2060 are accommodated in walkable, transit oriented development centers along existing rail lines such as the FEC and CSX lines which extend from south of Miami to Sebastian and beyond. Neighborhoods and communities are better connected to rail transit by streetcar or bus. Public streets are upgraded to provide a balance between all users of the rights of way: cars, buses, transit, cyclists, and pedestrians. Diverse transportation options keep the growing region in motion.