Repetitive Loss Properties Master Plan & Pilot Site
North Miami, FL

Most repetitive loss by flood occurs in the Little Arch Creek basin in the City of North Miami. To begin the process of evaluating the flooding problems in this North Miami neighborhood, historic and geographic maps were researched that illustrated the historic flow of Little Arch Creek prior to urbanization. Overlaying topographic, flood, vegetation and repetitive loss maps behind the 1870 geographic map confirmed that the basin’s low elevations contributed to chronic and recurrent flooding and property damage.

The Big Idea is to “daylight” Little Arch Creek by incrementally restoring its flow patterns through an economically feasible land acquisition methodology. The site plan calls for using both streets and Repetitive Loss properties (RL) to “drain” the neighborhood and reduce flood loss. The resultant green space will improve the neighborhood’s quality of life by providing cultural and recreational opportunities and activate higher density transit-oriented development (TOD).

Engineer: Moffatt & Nichol

Conceptual plan completed in 2019 as part of a competition entry