Residents to vote on incorporating new city between Aventura and North Miami Beach

Critics are concerned a smaller government would be more vulnerable to zoning changes

Jun.June 06, 2018 06:00 PM

Map of Ojus (Credit: Pixabay)

A section of Northeast Miami-Dade with more than $1 billion of real estate could become its own city if residents vote in favor of it during a special election in November.

Miami-Dade commissioners approved the election on Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald. It would give the 20,000 residents in the area, which includes Highland Lakes, Skylake and the previously incorporated Ojus, a say in the proposed municipality.

Property owners in the area would likely see their low property taxes rise if the city is approved, the Miami Herald reported. Residents who oppose forming a new city are concerned that a smaller government would be more vulnerable to pro-development changes in zoning.

A number of new office condo projects are in the pipeline for Ojus, including Forum Aventura at 19790 West Dixie Highway, and 188 Aventura Centre at 18801 West Dixie Highway. [Miami Herald] – Katherine Kallergis

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