The Village of Wellington is well-known as an upscale community with a formidable array of local regulations and codes to help keep it that way. To help residents become more aware of these rules, as well as highlight a number of options and opportunities, the village will host its first “Total Home Review Expo” on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Project Manager Gloria Kelly explained that the inaugural expo, held at the Wellington Community Center, located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd., is free but space is limited. Therefore, registration is required.
“During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to stroll through and visit a variety of booths,” Kelly said. “They will feature information about such topics as Wellington-approved exterior paint colors, requirements for hedges and fencing, defensive measures for the home, how to complete a permit with the building department, and much more home improvement information.”
Kelly said that all the “answer people” will be present for the interactive event that will allow residents to have their questions addressed.
“Wellington staff, representatives from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, the Wellington Community Foundation and other organizations will be there,” she said. “There will be 15- to 20-minute mini seminars, with questions afterward to allow attendees to learn about the various annual home improvement grant programs offered by the Village of Wellington, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County and the Ygrene Energy Fund.”
Kelly noted that there will be some valuable grant funding opportunities available. Committed to the sustainability of the village, Wellington puts a focus on quality-of-life issues and backs this up with funding. “One of the many value-added elements to living in Wellington includes property values, which are, in part, upheld by Wellington standards. These standards, along with great schools, parks and safe neighborhoods are a few of the many reasons individuals and families choose to live and invest in Wellington,” notes the village’s web site section regarding available grant funding.
The Planning, Zoning & Building Department administers these grant opportunities. The objective is to facilitate neighborhood improvements, home rehabilitation, projects to bring homes into compliance with safe living standards and the Florida Building Code, and to enhance community engagement. Eligibility for some of the grants is based upon need and requires the participation and investment of the property owner.
Kelly encouraged residents interested in attending the expo to register early. “The first 50 people registered will receive a free swag bag,” she said.
All those who attend will be entered into a raffle.
Registration is open at https://wellingtonhomeexpo.eventbrite.com.