Right now, we seek your support to fund our legal and lobbying efforts to have our voices heard with respect to two particular projects that require rezoning approvals on Northlake Blvd. BayHill Estates, Osprey Isles, Carlton Oaks, The Preserve at BayHill, Rustic Lakes, and other community groups oppose these two projects - Vintage Oaks and Vintage Crossing - as we see no justification for rezoning to allow overly dense real estate projects adjacent to rural residential communities. We ask our City of Palm Beach Gardens planners and officials to consider the needs and demands of the communities at large.
Please donate any amount for our efforts! Timing is of the essence as we believe these projects will go up for approval within the next month or two. We are particularly concerned about the impact of high or medium-density development projects on traffic safety when traffic accumulation and congestion along Western Northlake Boulevard present a tremendous daily risk to residents. For more info visit Western Northlake Communities Coalition (EndHighDensity.com).
More details on the projects are below; D.R. Horton has submitted applications to the City of Palm Beach Gardens for the development of the parcels on both the east and west sides of 112th Terrace North on Northlake Boulevard. The parcel to the east, known as Vintage Crossing, proposes 65 townhomes with a requested Residential Medium (“RM”) rezoning. The parcel to the west of 112th Terrace North, known as Vintage Oaks, proposes to develop 111 townhomes. The density is just under 7 homes per acre. Each Project:
1. REQUIRES 10 VARIANCES TO COMPLY WITH PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS. To enable the developer to cram all these units onto the property, they seek ten (10) waivers from the property development regulations. Moreover, there is no viable second entrance without encumbering the private roads of BayHill Estates and Rustic Lakes. In essence, D.R. Horton is trying to fit square pegs into round holes that result in incompatibility with surrounding areas, are too large for the level of traffic, and remove potential employment opportunities with the existing commercial office zoning solely for the economic benefit of D.R. Horton.
2. IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ADJACENT COMMUNITY. The Project is NOT serving as a transition from residential low to more intense land uses. It is surrounded by Rural Residential, Residential Very Low, Residential Low, and Residential Medium. The Project is NOT located in an area with convenient access to shopping and employment opportunities.
3. CONSTITUTES URBAN SPRAWL. Residential medium is not a compatible land use for Rural Residential that these projects abut. The Project contradicts the purpose and objective of the Corridor Study to preserve, protect, and enhance the rural character of the area, protect the rural nature of the site from discouraging Urban Sprawl, and prevent premature conversation of rural land to urban uses. The conclusions in the Rural Residential portion of the Corridor Study indicate that rural land should continue to develop consistent with the comprehensive plan.
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