Parkland has moved a step closer to having homes and schools built in the Wedge, the 1,900-acres of land that belonged to Palm Beach County before a boundary change made it part of the city and unincorporated Broward County.
At a recent meeting, city officials approved a request from one of the property owners, Triple H Ranch Property, to rezone 285 acres from Palm Beach County Agricultural Residential area to the city’s planned residential development. The City Commission also approved the master plan for the parcel, which is expected to have 570 dwelling units and side-by-side sites for an elementary and middle school.
The Triple H property is located at the northwest corner of County Line Road and the proposed extension of Nob Hill Road. Debuys, another parcel, has also annexed into the city while other property owners, now in unincorporated Broward County, are also in the process of getting a Parkland address. The Hendrix parcel will have 40 acres set aside for a high school.
“We met with School Board staff several months ago regarding the elementary and middle school sites,” Dennis Mele, who represented the property owner, said. “The School Board unanimously authorized staff to negotiate agreements to acquire the sites. The appraisals have been done and are currently being reviewed.”
“It is too early to say when construction will begin in the parcel,” Mele said. “There is a lot of permitting to be done. A clearer picture will emerge only after a few months.”
“This is the culmination of about 5 to 6 years of hard work,” Mayor Michael Udine said. “Triple H has been a great partner and has helped us with a lot of the heavy lifting. I am happy that the school sites will be right next to each other. These parcels are voluntarily coming into Parkland. Eventually, most of these parcels will come into the city.”
“We haven’t done a site plan yet for drop-off and pick-up at the school sites,” Vice Mayor Dave Rosenof said.
“Park impact fees for Triple H property will be paid by Standard Pacific,” City Attorney Andy Maurodis said. “If the dedication of school sites falls through, Triple H will then give the city nine acres of park space.”
“We can’t trust the School Board,” Stuart Krantz, a resident, said. “The money has to be there before the schools are built. I also haven’t seen any money being set aside for the library even though the city’s population will increase once homes are built in the Wedge area.”
Parkland’s population, currently 23,795, is set to go up to about 42,000 once development in the Wedge is complete. The number of homes is expected to increase from 7,000 to about 10,200.
According to the city’s master plan for the wedge, prepared by Keith and Associates, the Wedge will have about 77 acres of space for public parks. Fire Station 109 will be moved to the southwest corner of the Standard Pacific property. The plan does not include a new library or police station.