The massive Indian Trails Grove development project west of The Acreage got preliminary approval from the Palm Beach County Commission Tuesday.
Commissioners voted 6-1 in favor of moving forward with the project, which calls for 3,900 housing units to be built on 4,900 acres west of 180th Avenue North and south of Hamlin Boulevard. Commissioner Paulette Burdick cast the lone dissenting vote.
Some area residents, environmentalists and preservationists opposed the project, saying it will invite sprawl, increase traffic and degrade the environment.
A pair of public hearings will be held later this year before the project could get final approval.
Palm Beach County commissioners will hold a hearing Tuesday to consider land use changes that would allow for a massive development project west of 180th Avenue N. and south of Hamlin Boulevard.
The Indian Trails Grove project – 3,900 homes on 4,900 acres – has again generated the same environmental, sprawl and traffic concerns raised by other large-scale projects commissioners have approved in recent years.
Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Weisman Governmental Center at 301 N. Olive Avenue.
If the land use changes are approved, commissioners will hold public hearings on the project on April 27, July 27 and October 26.
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.