The Westminster Manor project is a 4.89-acre property proposed for residential development within the urban development boundary in The Village of Palmetto Bay, Miami-Dade County. The project is in an area surrounded by residential homes and borders the Charles Deering Estate.
Smart-Sciences is working with project engineers to provide environmental permitting support and environmental assessment of the site. The assessment was conducted by preliminary research and a visual inspection of the property to include the necessary wetlands, wildlife and tree information for the environmental permit submittal process. The assessment was conducted in support of future site development of single family residential homes on the property. Property boundaries were walked by Smart-Sciences staff and the ecological communities were marked by GPS and flagging. Areas of transition from upland to wetland were indicated by vegetation, soil samples and observed hydrology. The property was determined to consist of approximately 0.81 acres of exotic dominated wetlands, a 1-acre lake and 3.08 acres of upland scrub and remnant pine rocklands. Smart-Sciences is providing reporting on the wetland delineation, listed species survey, alternative sites analysis, avoidance and minimization analysis and mitigation assessment using WATER to determine the mitigation required for permitting. This information is being used to prepare the Joint SFWMD/USACE ERP and the Miami-Dade County Class IV permit applications for site development.
Smart-Sciences conducted a tree survey in the upland portions of the property in support of a Miami-Dade county tree removal permit application.