National Park Service

South Florida/Caribbean I&M Network (SFCN)

Land Use Change

Protocol

The SFCN land use change monitoring protocol is currently under development.

Resource Briefs, Reports, and Data

There are currently no additional SFCN resource briefs, reports, or data concerning this monitoring topic.

For more information contact:

Brian Witcher

Importance/Issues

Changes in land use, sizes of the non-urban buffers around park boundaries, development of inholdings within park boundaries, and connectivity with other conserved natural areas impact park resources. Monitoring of changes over time would allow parks to understand the effects of these changes and to take appropriate actions to mitigate impacts.

Monitoring Objectives

  • What are the status and long-term trends in landscape change in and around SFCN parks (e.g., changes in land use (municipal, private, commercial, agriculture), land cover, road density, housing density, etc.)?
  • What are the near future changes expected in and around SFCN parks based upon building permits, zoning changes, and community planning decisions?

Status & Trends

Figure 21. Land use syndromes (combinations of uses summarized at a 2x4 km grid scale) in southern Florida, with areas exhibiting likely water quality impacts indicated in black.
Figure 1. Land use syndromes (combinations of uses summarized at a 2x4 km grid scale) in southern Florida, with areas exhibiting likely water quality impacts indicated in black.

In 2013, zoning and land use data for south Florida parks has been compiled and various reporting strategies have been investigated. Cutler Bay permits, Collier county permits, and unincorporated Miami-Dade permits have been compiled and types of change and ways of reporting have been evaluated. Portions of the protocol and specific SOPs have been drafted. Initial analysis of land use change data using updated datasets for the landscape dynamics monitoring project was conducted in collaboration with the Natural Resource Condition Assessment (NRCA) ecologist.

In 2014, continued analysis of land use change data using updated datasets from the landscape dynamics monitoring project and development of SOPs will be carried out by the NRCA Ecologist in collaboration with SFCN. SFCN will also work to obtain US Virgin Island permit data, and produce a draft of the land use change protocol.

Approach

Future land use change will require the periodic review of building permits and zoning changes. On a semi-annual basis contact will be made with each of the county level or equivalent permitting offices effecting areas around the park. The latest list of permit applicants including information on location type and size of development would be obtained from the government entity (especially Developments of Regional Impact, DRIs, for the state of Florida). The location of these permits will then be mapped to show the latest areas of planned development. SFCN would also work to get copies of state and county long-term plans so that parks can be alerted to long-term changes before it is too late to take action. Historic land use change will be assessed using data provided through NPScape, i.e., change in population density, land use, and road density around and in parks.

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