BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners voted Wednesday to approve a request by G.L. Homes to delay consideration of the company’s hugely controversial land-swap deal. A vote was expected this week. As part of the proposed deal, G.L. Homes would give Palm Beach County land that the builder owns in Loxahatchee, in exchange for permission to build 1000 homes on the west side of U.S. 441, just north of Clint Moore Road.
Opponents say that G.L. Homes has already destroyed the Agricultural Reserve which was set aside to save farm land and prevent development, but officials year after year have chipped away at the Ag Reserve to give G.L. Homes permission to build. The result: The Bridges, Seven Bridges, Dakota, Lotus, Boca Bridges, and potentially another 1000 homes if the deal is ever approved.
Voting for the delay: Melissa McKinlay, Maria Marino, Gregg Weiss, and Robert Weinroth. Voting against the delay: Mack Bernard, David Kerner, and Maria Sachs. Sachs earlier this week blasted G.L. Homes for building homes without building infrastructure, while she also blamed her very own commission for permitting G.L. Homes build thousands upon thousands of homes.
We’ve reported extensively over the past several days on an unexpected crisis on Lyons Road, just yards from the proposed development site, due to overcrowding caused largely by the G.L. Homes communities. A $10M road widening project has been largely dormant for several months causing serious accidents and traffic problems in the area.
The delay of game pushes the decision to 2023 — after new board members are elected to the Palm Beach County commission. Read our related coverage here.
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