Seven50 ("seven counties, 50 years") is a blueprint for growing a more prosperous and resilient Southeast Florida during the next 50 years and beyond. The plan works to encourage socially inclusive communities, a vibrant and robust economy, and careful stewardship of the fragile Southeast Florida ecosystem as it quickly becomes one of the world’s most important mega-regions.
Dover, Kohl & Partners led a multidisciplinary consultant team to create the plan, mapping a strategy for the best possible quality of life for the over six million residents in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties. Dover-Kohl worked closely with the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils and led a multi-disciplinary team of consultants that included leading regional and national experts such as Carras Community Investment, Cardno-Entrix, Jean Scott, HDR Engineering, MetroQuest, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Criterion Planning, and Roar Media, among others.
Seven50 included an extensive public process using both interactive online forums and hands-on live events. Online forums included polling, interactive mapping of civic and cultural assets throughout the region, a Data Warehouse, which is a collection of GIS layers for the region that is viewable without proprietary software, an online scenario modeler, and active Facebook and Twitter conversations.
Project events included television and radio appearances, four regional summits, travelling roadshows in each county, and several planning directors’ forums. Each live event included multiple methods of gathering information from the public including keypad polling, Keshot videos, one-word cards translated into word clouds, small table discussions, one-on-one conversations, and surveys. Overall the process reached over a million different people in a region of six million.
Seven50 received a 2016 Charter Award of Merit from the Congress for the New Urbanism.