When it incorporated in December 2000, the Town of Miami Lakes became the 31st municipality in Miami-Dade County. Known as one of the youngest cities in the County, Miami Lakes is home to approximately 30,000 residents and more than 1,100 businesses.
The Master Plan began over 50 years ago, when the Graham family began development of what was their dairy farm. Unlike many cities and towns created during the early 1960s, the Grahams decided to create a master plan for the city that would allow for decades of growth, construction, and changing market conditions. Lester Collins, former Dean of the Harvard School of Architecture, was enlisted to create a Master Plan for the area that would become the center of Miami Lakes. Collins laid the foundation for an integrated community, including residential, commercial, industrial and mixed uses.
The Town of Miami Lakes is located in Northwest Miami-Dade County on both sides of the "big bend" along the Palmetto Expressway. Conveniently located just 16 miles North of Downtown Miami and 10 miles from Miami International Airport, the Town encompasses approximately 6.8 square miles.
The largest land use in the town is residential comprising approximately 40% of Miami Lakes' total land area of 4,363 acres. Other principal land uses are light industrial and office parks comprising 13% of the land area, and lakes and canals which constitute about 11% of the town. The Town is approximately 94% built out, with only a small portion of the land remaining vacant and undeveloped.