The next Plantation City Council meeting is scheduled for
Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM
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At the City Council meeting of March 10th, there was an item on the agenda to eliminate the commercial (stores) aspect of the two apartment buildings which will be going up where the motel is at 1711 N. University Drive (The Sawgrass Conference Center and Motel). As I had mentioned previously, these commercial parcels were to be located on the first floor of the 6 story building closest to University Drive. The vote to remove the commercial aspect was 5-0 in favor of removing it from the developers plans. However, there will not be an increase in density for this project. The total amount of units remains at 305.
At the Council Meeting of May24th, the 2nd reading of the resolution to approve the entire project was on the agenda. A discussion was started by Councilmember Anderson on the impact of this project to the surrounding community. He realized that this project was initially approved approximately 2 years ago and that the first reading of the ordinance took place while he was sitting on the Council and that if given more information at the time, he would have voted no at that time. He mentioned that although the Homeowners Association Board of Park Village (the condo just to the west of the project) had given their blessing to the project, he, and several other Councilmembers had received numerous calls from the residents of that community in opposition to the project. Their complaints mainly focused on the 8 foot wall which will be constructed on the west boundary of the project and the fact that it will be "hiding" a 60 to 70 foot tall apartment building. After addtional comments by other Councilmembers, the vote was taken on the 2nd and final reading of the Ordinance. The project passed on a 4-1 vote with Councilmember Anderson voting "no".
Also, in case no one has noticed, construction on the American Express property has begun.
Finally, as I've stated in the past and at our Board meetings, our community has got to get more involved by attending these very important meeting. You can't complain once a project has been approved by by the City, but you CAN complain at the public hearings before these projects are approved.
P & Z Board Member
Plantation City Council Meeting Summary
Meeting of March 20, 2019
The last item on the agenda for that meeting was to approve additional flex units for a project titled Millcreek Plantation at 1711 N. University Dr. That location is presently the Sawgrass Inn (across from Denny's) on 17th Court. The project was approved over a year ago (before I was on the Planning & Zoning Board) and included two five story apartment buildings which would contain 250 rental units. The building closest to University would have retail on the first floor. The petitioner at this last meeting was asking to modify his plan by adding a sixth floor to his plan, thereby adding 56 "flex" units to his project for a total of 306 units. My concern was the additional traffic that was going to be generated on Lauderdale West Drive by people trying to avoid University Drive. I was only 1 of 2 people from Lauderdale West who were at that meeting and was the only one who spoke against this modification and, in fact, the entire plan. The modification to the original plan passed on a 5-0 vote.
Very few people in LW know about this project or the one on the former American Express property, which will generate another 575 units, plus retail on Cleary. We need more participation at these Council Meeting and especially at the Planning & Zoning meetings. If another project comes up which will impact our community, I will be sure to let you know.
Jay S. 3/28/19
Lauderdale West Community Association No. 1, Inc. 1141 Lauderdale West Drive (NW 85 Avenue) Plantation FL 33322 (954) 473-8219
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