Indian Trail Improvement District backs GL Homes project

GL Homes picked up key support Wednesday night for its 3,900-home development west of The Acreage when the Indian Trial Improvement District’s Board of Supervisors voted to send a letter of approval to the Palm Beach County Commission, which will have final say on the project.

Supervisors voted 5-0 to send the letter, which urges commissioners to approve GL Homes’ Indian Trails Grove project if the developer agrees to meet certain conditions, including setting aside 640 acres for a reservoir to help alleviate flooding problems in The Acreage.

Land use and planning attorney Martin Perry made the pitch for GL Homes, giving supervisors an overview of the developer’s plans.

Martin Perry (Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)
Martin Perry (Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)

County commissioners have already given preliminary approval to GL Homes’ request for comprehensive plan changes that would allow it put more homes than would otherwise be allowed on the 4,900 acres it owns in the area.

A letter of support from the  district, a government entity set up to provide road and water services, indicates to commissioners that the project has some local support. Others are likely to oppose the project as another that will increase traffic, threaten the environment and damage the area’s quality of life.

On Thursday, commissioners will hold the first of two public hearings on Indian Trails Grove. In addition to comprehensive plan changes, GL Homes must also get approval for zoning changes it’s seeking for the project.

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Wawa gets preliminary approval for station at Hypoluxo and High Ridge

Wawa got a win Thursday when the Palm Beach County Zoning Commission gave it preliminary approval to build a gas station and eatery at Hypoluxo Road and High Ridge Road.

Some residents of the area have fought the proposal, arguing that its approval would mean more traffic and noise.

The proposal must still be approved by the Palm Beach County Commission.

Residents opposed to a proposed gas station on a lot at High Ridge and Hypoluxo hold signs expressing their opposition Monday, April 11, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Residents opposed to a proposed gas station on a lot at High Ridge and Hypoluxo hold signs expressing their opposition Monday, April 11, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

 

One Wawa gets initial OK amid opposition to another

The Palm Beach County Zoning Commission approved Wawa’s application to build a 24-hour gas station at the southeast corner of Military Trail and 10th Avenue North west of Lake Worth.

That application will now go to the Palm Beach County Commission for consideration on August 25.

A far more controversial application from Wawa – this one for a gas station at Hypoluxo Road and High Ridge Road – was also to be considered by the Zoning Commission today. But the agenda item was postponed until the Zoning Commission’s September 1 meeting.

Citing noise and traffic concerns, residents near the proposed Hypoluxo Road station have bombarded county commissioners with letters of opposition to the project.

Residents opposed to a proposed gas station on a lot at High Ridge and Hypoluxo hold signs expressing their opposition Monday, April 11, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Residents opposed to a proposed gas station on a lot at High Ridge and Hypoluxo hold signs expressing their opposition Monday, April 11, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

 

Request on private school expansion postponed

Florida Education Properties has postponed its request to have the Palm Beach County Zoning Commission consider its expansion plans at a private school site at Hypoluxo Road and Lyons Road.

The commission was set to take up the request on Thursday, but the item was pulled from the agenda at Florida Education Properties’ request.

A 350-student school has already been approved for the site, but Florida Education Properties wants permission to boost the number of students to 1,200.

The request has drawn opposition from those who argue a bigger school will generate too much traffic.

COBWRA – the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations – has announced its opposition to the request. County staff members have recommended that zoning commissioners deny the request, which is expected to be discussed when the Zoning Commission meets on September 1.

Expansion of plans for private school drawing opposition

The expansion of plans for a private school at Hypoluxo Road and Lyons Road has drawn powerful opposition.

COBWRA, the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations, has announced it opposes a request from Florida Education Properties to amend a development order to allow it to build a private school with 1,200 students as opposed to the 350-student facility previously planned for the site.

In a letter shared with county commissioners, COBWRA President Glen Harvie said the project’s size is “not acceptable.”

Harvie, like many others who have written to commissioners in the past few weeks, also raised traffic concerns.

The Zoning Commission is scheduled to discuss the proposal today when it meets at 9 a.m. in hearing chambers room 1W-47 at 2300 N. Jog Road.

 

Silver Beach Road in Riviera Beach closing for railroad maintenance

Silver Beach Road in Riviera Beach will be closed for railroad maintenance from Tuesday to Friday, Palm Beach County announced Monday.

During the road closure, which begins at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, east-bound traffic will be detoured through Old Dixie Highway, north to Park Avenue, east to 10th Street and south to Silver Beach Road.

West-bound traffic will be detoured through 10th Street north to Park Avenue, west to Old Dixie Highway and south to Silver Beach Road.

Stretch of Interstate 95 in Boca to close overnight for construction

If you’re planning some late-night traveling in May through southern Palm Beach County, you may need to check your route.

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Work on the Spanish River Boulevard interchange at Interstate 95 will close first the southbound and then northbound lanes of the highway overnight in May, according to a news release from the Florida Department of Transportation.

The project, which FDOT said is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017 and costs an estimated $69 million, will add an interchange at Spanish River Boulevard, widen Spanish River west of FAU Boulevard, add 13 bridges between Spanish River and Yamato Road, and build sound walls along Yamato and on the east side of I-95 north of Yamato.

In addition to occasional lane closures in the area, which travelers most likely already have experienced, I-95 southbound will be closed at Yamato from midnight to 5 a.m. May 1-6. Northbound I-95 will be closed at Palmetto Park Road from midnight to 5 a.m. May 8-13.

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.

Check with http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com later today for more on this story.

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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.

Check with http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com later today for more on this story.

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