Indian Trails Groves gets initial approval from PBC Commission

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.

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County to consider Indian Trails Grove development plan

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.

We need to run the same map of G.L. Homes' 4,900-acre tract that ran on March 21, but we need to add in the location of Hamlin Boulevard, which lies just south of Northlake Boulevard. BELOW IS A DESCRIPTION OF THE STORY G.L. Homes has quietly put the wheels in motion to develop a 5,000-acre tract of land to the northwest of the Minto West project that roiled Palm Beach County politics for much of 2014. No development plans have officially been filed on the 5,000-acre Indian Trails Grove tract, but G.L. Homes plans to seek land-use changes that would allow it to construct nearly 4,000 homes and develop 225,000 square feet of commercial space, according to a preliminary traffic study submitted to the county. If county commissioners ultimately approves G.L. Homes’ plan, southwestern Palm Beach County would be transformed. Already, the Minto West project – approved last year over the bitter opposition of some environmentalists and preservationists - includes 4,500 homes and 2.1 million square feet of commercial development. Approval of the Indian Trails Grove project would boost the number of houses in the pipeline to 8,500 and commercial space to 2.3 million square feet. Those 8,500 households would be more than the number in Royal Palm Beach and about two-thirds of the number of households in Lake Worth. As was the case with the Minto West project, roads are likely to be a major element in the debate over Indian Trails Grove. No major roads extend directly east from the horseshoe-shaped tract, located about two miles west of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road.


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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Images show massive scale of planned Westlake project near Acreage

Minto Communities Vice President John F. Carter said his firm’s giant development project on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road will create thousands of jobs in Palm Beach County and have an economic impact of $1 billion over the next two decades.

This layout shows the plans for the town center portion of Westlake, a Minto community. (All images provided by Minto)

The project, formerly known as Minto West and now to be called Westlake, has been the subject of intense debate about growth in the county.

Carter offered updates and details on the project during an Economic Forum luncheon Thursday at the Kravis Center.

Complete coverage of Carter’s presentation can be found here.

Plans for Westlake include commercial, residential and recreational areas.

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