White Birch Farm, which lies next to the controversial Equestrian Village, finally has a master plan allowing for two homes to be built on 37 acres.
The property, owned by businessman Peter Brandt, had fallen under the dressage venue’s master plan, which the village council revoked last year.
That allowed Brandt, previously listed among Forbes magazine’s annual list of the richest Americans, to come in with his own master plan proposal.
The village council in late February approved the proposal — with a condition that White Birch return to it in the future for final site plan approval.
That was a late add-on among conditions, so the council, at the request of White Birch, said the farm could return Tuesday if there were concerns.
White Birch is not listed among Tuesday’s agenda items.
The property, on Pierson Road just east of South Shore Boulevard, is expected to have two barns on it with about 40 stalls each.
The land had originally been zoned for multi-family homes, six units in all. Four of those stay with Equestrian Village, leaving two for White Birch. And council’s approval changes the housing type from multi-family to single-family.
Wellington staff had wanted a multi-use path to run along the eastern edge of the property, within a 25-foot wide maintenance easement, but White Birch opposed that.
“It would require them to change character of that polo field and may eliminate the real value of the easterly polo field,” said Michael Sexton, an engineer representing White Birch.
Instead, only a 25-foot maintenance easement will run that length. It was unclear when, if ever, the multi-use path would be developed.
But a 15-foot wide bridle path will run inside a 25-foot maintenance easement along the farm’s southern edge.
“That’s an important bridle path for the movement of horses along Pierson Road,” Sexton said. “It makes sense.”
White Birch must plat the property within six months and no more than 160 daily trips are allowed. The farm is responsible for upgrading a nearby horse crossing.
Vehicles will get to and from the property from the north side of Pierson Road.