Letter: Do The Math On Minto West

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. A copy was sent to the Town-Crier for publication.

Dear Commissioners:

There was a disturbing bit of news recently. That is, the State Attorney General’s Office ruled that it cannot comment on the Town of Loxahatchee Groves’ request to have a ruling on what “surrounding” means in the Ag-Enclave legislation. The reason given was that it is not in the purview of Loxahatchee Groves to ask, since Minto West is under county jurisdiction.

Given that, I request that you, as our representatives of Palm Beach County government, ask the State Attorney General for a ruling on this matter.

This is an urgent matter, as you hopefully realize. Callery-Judge Grove was approved for 2,996 units, and that is what Minto bought. Now they want to go to 6,500 units and a lot more commercial, industrial, etc. This is ridiculous and extremely out of character for the rural and “ex-urban” communities that surround this property.

As I tell my students, do the math! I did. They actually should receive only 2,303 units. Additionally, as plans come forward, any and all acreage that is used for non-residential should be subtracted from the acreage calculation for allowable units. Those units should not be transferred but should disappear forever.

I thank you for your time and consideration. Minto West is a travesty, nothing less!

Bill Louda, Loxahatchee Groves