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Vision Statement for Grove 2030

The Grove 2030 vision statement — the collective effort of more than 100 Coconut Grove residents and other key stakeholders — answers the question “What will success look like for the community of Coconut Grove in the year 2030?”

In 2030 the village of Coconut Grove will be distinguished by lush, natural beauty; authentic character and traditions; and by a diverse and engaged citizenry. A network of safe, tree-lined neighborhoods will be linked by bike- and pedestrian-friendly pathways to a vibrant, sustainable business core that caters to the Grove’s eclectic mix of inhabitants.

We have created five Grove 2030 Working Groups. Each will address a different strategic focus area: (1) Transportation, (2) Civic & Cultural Life, (3) Commercial/Retail, (4) Parks & Public Space, and (5) Housing. These working groups will be composed of diverse stakeholders from our community who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to drafting a plan of action. Please let us know if you are interested in serving on either of these Working Groups.


Strategic Goals: by 2030…



A pedestrian- and bike-friendly pathway will safely link all Coconut Grove residents to each other, the commercial/retail sector, parks and public spaces and other community assets.

Through the promotion and implementation of public and other alternative modes of transportation, automobile traffic in Coconut Grove will decrease by 40%.??Every street and intersection of Coconut Grove will safely accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and users of other alternative modes of transportation.


Civic & Cultural Life

The removal or significant alteration of any structure older than 50 years will require approval from an independent historic review board.

Coconut Grove will govern its own municipal affairs.

Coconut Grove will be nationally recognized as the preeminent arts and cultural district in Miami-Dade.



Coconut Grove’s village center will be economically self-sustaining – a symbiotic balance of office, retail, commercial, entertainment, and resident core services.

A “Special District” will coordinate policy and operations of Coconut Grove’s commercial/retail district.

Coconut Grove business sector will be recognized as statewide leader in environmental sustainability practices.


Parks & Public Spaces

Every Coconut Grove resident will live within a quarter-mile walk of a publically-accessible park, green space or designated open space.

Coconut Grove’s total tree canopy will be 25 percent greater than 2015 levels.

A comprehensive, pro-active response plan will protect Coconut Grove’s parks and public spaces from the threats posed by climate change.


Housing Goals

Coconut Grove will be the recognized leader among Miami-Dade communities in innovation, sustainable development, and Green housing initiatives.

At least 70 percent of all homes and condos will be owner-occupied.

Attainable housing stock – both rental and ownership – will increase 10 percent over existing levels.


The Grove 2030 Advisory Committee: Lucas Azar, Katrina Boler, Erin Clancy, Lalo Durazo, Ruth Ewing, Raymond Fort, Javier Gonzalez, Thorn Grafton, Joanna Lombard David Martin, Charles Munroe, Rachel Silverstein, Dave Villano


  1. Lucas Azar
    October 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm · Reply

    I live, work and grew up in Coconut Grove so I am really looking forward to attending this event. Thank you

  2. Jennifer Kennedy
    October 28, 2014 at 6:18 pm · Reply

    I look forward to attending and giving my support

  3. Michael Blum
    October 29, 2014 at 8:53 am · Reply

    Look forward to the event

  4. mike eidosn
    October 29, 2014 at 9:58 am · Reply

    I would like to register to attend.

  5. Christy Menzies
    October 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm · Reply

    Hello, My husband and I are interested in attending this event. Looking forward to it!

  6. Thomas Roth
    October 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm · Reply

    I would like to attend and participate in the visioning. Can you please send me the registration materials?

    Thank you,

    Tom Roth

  7. javier font
    October 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm · Reply

    I would like to attend.

  8. Camille Russler
    October 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm · Reply

    I would like to attend.

  9. Federico Di Franco
    October 29, 2014 at 6:41 pm · Reply

    This sounds good, I would like to come
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  10. Michele Benesch
    October 29, 2014 at 6:45 pm · Reply

    Looking forward to the discussion since I am a third generation Grovite!!!!

  11. Camella Rhone
    October 31, 2014 at 11:06 am · Reply

    I will attend.

  12. Thomas Roth
    October 31, 2014 at 3:44 pm · Reply

    Hi again. I work in the Grove and was planning on attending the 2030 event tomorrow. Should I just show up?

  13. Justin Kennedy
    October 31, 2014 at 4:45 pm · Reply

    Hi — The Visioning Workshop looks like it will be a good event. I am a Coconut Grove business owner (12 employees) and owner/partner in several Grove properties. My children attend Grove schools: St. Stephens and Ransom. I love the Grove’s unique and historic environment.

    2030 Vision comments : — Lush tropical village: safe, walkable/bikeable, family-oriented neighborhood that is home to Miami’s best parks and schools, our most creative businesses, great local restaurants and retailers, a rich diversity of housing opportunities, and a unique and powerful attachment to Biscayne Bay’s views, riparian/aquatic environment and water-based activities.

    Grove 2014 constraints :
    — Our streets are dominated by overly fast traffic crowding out pedestrian/bike/kid-friendly engagement;
    — Sidewalk experience on several streets (McFarlane, Grand, Main) is spoiled by too many cars, power lines, on grade parking, dumpsters, etc;
    — Our local retailers and restaurants can not survive without additional parking facilities (underground/fully screened) and the encouragement of more walk-to/drive-to customer base;
    — Sasaki study goal of connecting Core Grove to Biscayne Bay needs to be realized;
    — We need to bring the Coconut Grove Playhouse back to its historic position as a nationally recognized theater;
    — Transit to/from MetroRail and other important destinations is insufficient and normal buses don’t optimally encourage walkable districts — transit vehicles should be distinctive, low-speed, on/off friendly: the double-decker, open top tour buses are an example, too bad they’re not for locals!

    Also, I am speaking at a ULI-sponsored event on the Grove on the Nov 4th (hopefully Village Council members are attending!!) and I understand several of the my fellow panelists (and I think at least one person from my office) will be at the Village Council event tomorrow. I am told that “Visioning” materials that would be discussed. Are these materials available? Are they posted a web site somewhere?

  14. Robert Suarez
    October 31, 2014 at 8:07 pm · Reply

    Looking forward to the meeting

  15. Justin Kennedy
    November 2, 2014 at 3:59 pm · Reply

    Hi Again, Thank you for organizing the Visioning Workshop yesterday. It was a good group representing a real cross section of the Grove community and the format led to a great exchange of ideas. As I mentioned to several of the 2030 organizers and a few members of the CGVC (and in my previous comment), I am a speaker on a ULI panel on Nov 4th. I now have the materials that were sent out for the 2030 Workshop that I requested in my previous comment. Given the quality of the event, I would like to reference it in my talk and it would be great to see a copy of the follow up materials (even just a rough draft) so I don’t miss any of the main points. ULI events like this are usually very well attended and well covered by the industry media and as such, I think a good chance to highlight the CGVC’s work and the message from 2030 Workshop. Please let me know. Thanks. Justin Kennedy

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