Wednesday, October 31, 2018

It is UNANIMOUS for “The MID”: Five wholehearted “Yes” votes.

Our elected leaders sent a very strong and united message.

Last night the vote was unanimous at First Reading in support of “The MID” project at 1601 N. Dixie Hwy. at the Lake Worth City Commission. At the end of this blog post is the YouTube video of this public hearing.

And we also learned from William Waters, the City’s Dir. of Community Sustainability, that this housing project will likely gain national attention being that it may be the first type of development of its kind in the U.S., a unique approach and collaboration between the public and private sectors to solve a vexing problem in South Florida.

This project was made possible by the developer, the City of Lake Worth, the Water and Electric Utilities, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the neighboring communities of the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council as well. Truly a team project.

However, three people did show up to complain about this project asking the obligatory open-ended questions about this or that and warning of disaster. And if this news from last night does become a story in The Palm Beach Post you know at least two or three of the opponents will be quoted.

On this blog yesterday portended a 4-1 or 3-2 vote for this project but am very pleased the vote was enthusiastically unanimous for The MID:

Item 9A. Ordinance 2018-17: First Reading & Quasi-Judicial Hearing – The MID – the creation of a Mixed Use Urban Planned Development Ordinance, approval of a Sustainable Bonus Incentive Program application, and approval of a Master Development Plan.

And the vote was also unanimous for this item as well:

Item 11A. Resolution No. 70-2018: Creating the Economic Investment Incentive Program.

The public hearing on Ordinance 2018-17 lasted one hour and twenty-five minutes. Would encourage everyone to watch this video in segments over the next few days. Truly a lot of very good information was presented.

Note that discussion on Ordinance 2018-17 ends at the two hour and five minute mark when Mayor Pam Triolo calls for a break. Discussion on Resolution No. 70-2018 picks up following the fifteen minute break when the meeting is called back to order by the mayor: