Is a new 653-home development west of Boynton Beach worth backing?


At Wednesday’s monthly Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations meeting, the group voted on whether to support an active adult community in the Agricultural Reserve proposed by GL Homes.

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Some residents from the homeowners associations were confused why they should, considering the most recent debacle involving a separate GL Homes plan in the Ag Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and conservation zone west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.

In that plan — now scratched — GL Homes proposed building 3,900 homes and preserving 4,900 acres of land outside the Ag Reserve, northwest of Royal Palm Beach and west of The Acreage. But rules say land outside the reserve cannot be preserved to facilitate development within the reserve.

But the new development, called Monticello, is different because they aren’t “raping” the Ag Reserve, former COBWRA president Myrna Rosoff told the group. With Monticello, GL Homes wants to preserve about 400 acres in the Ag Reserve.

The coalition voted Wednesday at the Coral Lakes community to support the project, which serves as a recommendation to the Palm Beach County Commission.

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Monticello would be across from Valencia Bay, also a GL Homes community, at the southwest corner of Lyons Road and Flavor Pict Road, which is currently under construction between Lyons and U.S. 441. The plan is for 653 homes on land already approved for residential use, according to COBWRA, and would follow the 60/40 development requirement by building on 253 acres and preserving 400. While the preserve land will be in the Ag Reserve, it will not be at the exact Monticello site.

Still, Rosoff told the group, “This represents what we were fighting for.”

GL Homes and COBWRA were at odds on the developer’s proposal to build in the Ag Reserve and preserve land on the Indian Trails Grove tract GL owns northwest of Royal Palm Beach. COBWRA hired environmental and land use attorney Richard Grosso.

In December, GL withdrew that application and is now pursuing building the 3,900 homes on the land it owns west of The Acreage.

Follow Boynton Beach reporter Alexandra Seltzer on Twitter at @alexseltzer



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