Ruling knocks down legal hurdle to Westlake development

Opponents of the 3,800-acre development project formerly known as Minto West were dealt a major blow Thursday when a ruling from the 1st District Court of Appeals cleared the way for the project to proceed.

The project, now known as Westlake, was approved by the Palm Beach County Commission in October 2014 despite opposition from those who felt it would snarl traffic and invite urban sprawl.

Those opponents filed a series of legal objections, including one challenging the state Department of Economic Opportunity’s decision that the county’s approval of the project did not violate state laws against sprawl.

The 1st District Court of Appeals affirmed the DEO’s decision.

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