The Minto West changes will accomplish removing the Indian Trail Improvement District from all control and ownership of the drainage/road infrastructure along the routes that will have dissected our neighborhoods. The quality of life we know will disappear forever.
The brass ring in the Minto West changes isn’t the residential, it’s the 2.1 million square feet of commercial/industrial zoning. The 2.1 million could be later sold off and increased by a request from a new owner. This is the economic engine that Minto and Palm Beach County see in the future use of the land. Of course, traffic flow will substantially increase way above the visions that we believe will be harmful to our community.
The Sawgrass Mills Mall and the Potomac Mills Mall in Virginia share the same history. They started out at a couple of hundred thousand square feet, and then expanded to a couple million square feet. The parking areas are the size found in Disney World. Both malls attracted foreign and local shoppers who want to live nearby.
You should know that at the October ITID board meeting, ITID’s legal representative at Palm Beach County Commission meetings reported some very interesting things:
• Minto West, GL homes and other developments need SR 7 to Northlake and Roebuck Road to parallel Okeechobee. Otherwise, these developments are in jeopardy.
• GL Homes, 5,000 acres, needs 60th and Persimmon to pass through Minto West and the Acreage for SR 7 access.
• The 2.1 million square feet of commercial/industrial space could be increased in the future.
• The negotiators for Minto West remain obstinate.
• The commissioners will probably approve the Minto West changes on Oct. 29.
• Suggested litigation could challenge a county approval by non-compliance with the comprehensive plan and traffic studies.
After the legal report, most attending the meeting realized that Minto West and Palm Beach County have pushed ITID and the Loxahatchee/Acreage area into a corner. The consensus was to fight our way out, and then Supervisors Jennifer Hager and Gary Dunkley made the motion to do just that.
Then, without any hesitation, four of the five ITID supervisors approved Hager’s motion to start legal preparation to fight Minto West.
Disturbing ITID supervisor traits I’ve become aware of:
• Refuse or hesitate to join the other four supervisors opposing Minto West.
• During the formation of the Agricultural Enclave documents, cracks were introduced into them. We are witnessing the Minto West cracks opening up enough to drive a bus through.
• Displays of lukewarm opposition toward Minto West, and then a firebrand to fight the good fight.
• Mocking the “No to Minto” efforts and the thousands of signatures.
We must know a supervisor will protect and preserve our quality of life to the bitter end. We can’t risk our way of life on a supervisor who puts up a fake offense and then punts the issue back to the adversary.
I trust Jennifer Hager, Alan Ballweg and Betty Argue to fight the good fight.
If and when the SR 7 extension starts again, it will be for the benefit of Palm Beach County, Minto West and GL Homes. The City of West Palm Beach’s opposition may become a non-issue.
Do we need to rethink community support for the extension? Maybe joining the City of West Palm Beach opposing the northward progress from 60th will help Loxahatchee/Acreage and the other western communities preserve and protect their quality of life.
Bob Sommer, The Acreage