Opponents to West Boynton development come to COBWRA meeting

More than 400 residents attended a community meeting Wednesday night to oppose a GL Homes plan to allow more development in the Agricultural Reserve.

More than 400 people attended a meeting of the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations Wednesday night to note their opposition to a GL Homes plan that would allow more development in the Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming zone located west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.

Palm Beach County rules have restricted development in the Ag Reserve by requiring builders to set aside 60 acres for every 40 acres they want to develop. Land set aside for preservation must be in the Ag Reserve.

GL Homes, however, wants to change that rule. After getting approval to build 3,900 homes on 4,900 acres it owns in the Loxahatchee area, the developer has floated a plan to preserve that acreage in exchange for permission to build on land it owns in the Ag Reserve.

Homes in the Ag Reserve would likely fetch far more than homes in the Loxahatchee area, but GL officials  have said their new plan isn’t driven solely by a desire to make more money. GL has built many of the high-end developments in the Ag Reserve, and its officials have said they want to continue building in an area where it has established a footprint and where services like roads and drainage are already in place.

Loxahatchee and Acreage-area residents are pleased with the plan, seeing it as a move away from what they fear is over-development in their area.

COBWRA, however, has emerged as a powerful opponent, as demonstrated by its ability pack a meeting room in the GL Homes-built Valencia Reserve residential development on a rainy night.

Those in attendance ripped the plan, which they said would open up the Ag Reserve for additional development.

“For me, for COBWRA, this GL scheme is a defining moment,” COBWRA President Myrna Rosoff said.

GL officials have said they expect to formally present the plan to the county late this year.

Commission approves comprehensive plan changes for Indian Trails Grove

Palm Beach County commissioners voted 6-1 Thursday in favor of comprehensive plan changes GL Homes sought for its Indian Trails Grove project west of The Acreage.

Commissioners had given preliminary approval of those changes in April. Zoning changes for the 3,900-home project will be addressed early next year.

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map of Indian Trails Grove project
map of Indian Trails Grove project


County to hold public hearing on Indian Trails Grove project

Palm Beach County is holding a public hearing Thursday on GL Homes’ Indian Trails Groves project west of The Acreage.

The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Weisman Governmental Center located at 301 N. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach.

The 3,900-home project got support last week from the board of supervisors of the Indian Trail Improvement District, which provides water, drainage and road services in the area. Supervisors voted to send a conditional letter of support for the project to county commissioners, who themselves have already voted in favor of preliminary approval.

Backers of the project say it will provide more housing to a growing county and commercial development to an area in need of it.

Opponents, meanwhile, argue that the project will threaten the environment, reduce open space and snarl traffic.

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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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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.