The Town-Crier reports that Westlake, Minto Communities’ planned 3,800-acre development along Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, could become the 39th municipality in Palm Beach County, following other developments that have done so in recent years.
Westlake is the current name given to the controversial Minto West project approved by the county in 2014 to develop the land formerly known as Callery-Judge Grove. The master-planned community was approved for up to 4,500 homes and 2.2 million square feet of commercial space.
Last week, Minto issued a news release announcing that the five qualified electors of the Seminole Improvement District, dominated by the planned community of Westlake, have petitioned the state to convert the special district into a municipality. A state statute enacted in 2015 enables the electors of a special district to initiate conversion to a municipality. Among the requirements are that 40 percent of the qualified electors of the district sign the petition for incorporation.
“While it’s common for a project of this size and scope to incorporate after development is completed, we feel that by residents exercising this option from the very beginning, it gives residents greater control of their future vision for the community,” explained Mike Belmont, president of Minto Communities.