A NEW COMMUNITY FOR
1501 First National Bank Building
Miami, Florida 33131
A NEW COMMUNITY FOR BROWARD COUNTY
Totally planned communitiesare a promising answer to those
who protest the continuing sprawl of lot and parcel develop-
ment-for mile after mile, without relief-across the country-
side. The new towns of America and Europe have demonstrat-
ed clearly the many advantages of clustering homes, schools,
and other structures, around open water bodies, spacious
parks, recreation areas and nature preserves to accommodate
regulated urban expansion.
In Broward County unprecedented population growth has
been experienced in the past two decades and will continue,
though probably at a slower pace, in the future. Homes will
be provided one way or the other: either by spot developments
or, more hopefully, by unified and complete communities such
as the one being proposed by Arvida.
The overall emphasis in planning the 10,000 acre Arvida prop-
erty has been to create a spacious rural to semirural, low-key
community, within an extensive open space framework and
with a Florida atmosphere.
CONSERVE i.: .r -,E-
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The site is protected on the north and west by established
conservation areas. It is bordered by existing and proposed
thoroughfares: State Road 84 and proposed 1-75 on the north,
U. S. 27 on the west, Griffin Road on the south and proposed
1-75 on the east.
A neighboring community of medium high density is being
established immediately to the northeast.
The existing land forms provide little topographic relief. The
flat land profile results in poor drainage and ponding over
major portions of the site.
The land productivity is abnormally low in relation to the
overall county, and its contribution to the regional eco-system
is minimal. It is important, however, that its present water
storage function be maintained. The vegetation cover, consist-
ing mainly of Melaleuca, Schinus, Casuarina and Scrub Oak is
of little ecological, economic or landscape significance. The
displacement of the existing flora by imported weed species is
an on-going process. Essentially, the land, in its present state,
CONSERVATION AREA 2B
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CONSERVATION AREA 3A\
In evaluating the environmental factors affected by the im-
provement of this property, it is important to note that a con-
struction program of 38 years is anticipated. The following
conclusions have been made within the context of this extend-
ed development program.
Air quality in this project, as in all developments, will be af-
fected by vehicular traffic, construction equipment, and in-
dustrial and regional distribution activities. Each of these con-
tributors will comply with prevailing state and local standards
for quality control.
Approximately 1,800 acres of the project area will be devoted
to lakes, lagoons, canals and dry swales, besides 1,200 acres of
water storage area in residential areas. This storage system will
permit the water from the primary recharge areas to re-enter
the Biscayne Aquifer. It will discharge into the South New
River Canal within the limitations provided by the Central and
South Florida Flood Control District. No liquid effluents will
be discharged into the shallow ground water system. Surface
runoff water will be impounded in a complex series of ponds
and connecting canals.
No significant thermal discharge will be produced by this
While there will be a temporary increase in localized noise
levels during the construction phases, no continuing noise prob-
lems of major consequence are anticipated. After develop-
ment is completed, noise levels will be greater than the ambient
noise levels that presently exist, but this increase will be com-
parable to the increase in other developed communities and
should not adversely affect the region.
There are neither endangered species nor any significant ani-
mal or aquatic life on the existing property.
Five archaeological sites have been recorded by the Broward
County Historical Society. Future studies will be conducted
and a plan devised to protect sites of significance.
Sewerage will be collected on-site and treated in a treatment
plant which is to be located within the project boundaries un-
der the jurisdiction of an improvement district. Treatment
plant effluent is to be disposed of through deep-well injection
into the boulder zone.
The source of potable water for the project will be the Bis-
cayne Acquifer and the recharge available from the devel-
opment will make the project self-sufficient for water supply
Trash and garbage collection will be by privately-ownedcom-
panies franchised by Broward County. This waste will be dis-
posed of through Broward County facilities. The Broward
County Legislative Delegation has recently approved, for pas-
sage in the upcoming legislature, a bill which would give the
County Commissioner jurisdiction over the entire County, in-
cluding the municipalities, for the operation of solid waste dis-
posal facilities. Such a regional program is necessary, and the
applicant will cooperate with the County in assuming its pro-
rata responsibilities regarding the overall solution.
Florida Power & Light Company will furnish all power requir-
ed by the development. On-site generators will be available for
There will be a Volunteer Fire Protection System approved
by the Broward County Fire Control Commission and County
Commission. Police protection will be provided through the
Broward County Sheriff's Department.
No'overloading of the trafficways is expected within the De-
partment of Transportation's period of programmed construct-
ion. The ultimate traffic generation of this project, when rout-
ed through the planned external road system, is not expected
to exceed the level of "C" service on any major highways or
OPEN SPACE CONCEPT
To complement the recreational facilities and opportunities
in the nearby Everglades, and to protect the natural quality of
the existing landscape, an extensive open space system has
been designed. This system establishes the basic nature and
rural character of the community. All residential areas will
have excellent access to dispersed recreation areas and com-
munity activity centers.
Major parkways and collector roads within the community
will have no building frontage and will be heavily planted and
landscaped. Local streets, due to their spacing and design, will
be two lane country roads with low speedsand limited volumes.
This dispersal of traffic flow will allow the parkway system to
support the community's rural atmosphere.
The extensive waterway network, a result of a comprehensive
water management analysis, will be utilized for community -
wide water-oriented recreation activities.
Two kinds of open space will be provided. Broad bands of
land used for water management purposes will be laced
throughout the community and have the additional purpose
of providing a wide variety of active and passive recreational
opportunities. This system structures and connects all resi-
dential, educational, commercial and community uses. An ex-
tensive series of bicycle, equestrian and hiking trails are located
throughout these areas.
In addition, local private recreation areas will be located in
each residential cluster to provide swimming, tennis, and other
The synthesis of these components will provide an environ-
ment unique in its character and way of life.
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In its creation, the Arvida Community will take its form and
character from the application of the following planning ob-
Promotion of a comprehensive water management pro-
Protection of the regional eco-system.
Retention of large areas of land in its natural state, with
development clustered around a series of sizable lakes, in-
terconnecting waterways, and open space.
Maximization of the recreational use of the water bodies,
waterways, and flood plains.
Use of the cluster concept in the development of all resi-
dential, institutional, industrial, business office, and com-
Establishment of a unique rural, ranch-countryenviron-
ment of high quality, embracing more urbanized neigh-
borhoods and a community, business and cultural center.
Provision of a broad employment base-ranging from rec-
reation facilities to a business office center and indust-
Creation of a community that will be self-sufficient and
self-contained, in all ways feasible.
Application of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) ap-
proach as the key to flexible and optimum long-range plan-
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A LONG RANGE PROGRAM
It is estimated that the development of the complete com-
munity will continue over a period of almost forty years. The
planning of such an extensive land area must be a slowly evolv-
ing process. If carried forward within the conceptual frame-
work mutually agreed upon-and with the continuing guidance,
coordination, and direction of the County and its appropriate
agencies-it is believed that the new community will be in many
ways exemplary, and a notable Broward County asset.
A NEW COMMUNITY FOR
1501 First National Bank
Miami, Florida 33131
EPD Environmental Planning and Design
Landscape Architects Urban Planners
13965 N. W. 67th Avenue
Miami Lakes, Florida 33014
Gee and Jenson Engineers
2019 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Ferrero, Middlebrooks and Houston
707 S. E. 3rd Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33316
2728 N. E. 19th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305
Wilbur Smith and Associates
8420 N. W. 52nd Street
Miami, Florida 33166
Ecologist: J. A. Lasater, Ph. D.
Florida Institute of Technology
Country Club Road
Melbourne, Florida 32901
Project Planners: John 0. Simonds
Paul D. Wolfe