By Bryan Boggiano
Wedge Preserve Park, newly proposed for the corner of Nob Hill Road and Hillsboro Blvd., is moving closer to fruition.
At their April 6 meeting, the city commission unanimously voted in favor of updating future land use maps and rezoning items to pave the way for the park’s development.
The commission will address both items again at their Wednesday, April 19 meeting at 7 p.m.
The park is slated for development along a 39.5 gross-acre plot with a proposed 35.56 acres of park space.
In 2019, the city purchased 27.3 acres of land, known as “The Beasley Property.” The city subsequently received 12.2 acres of additional surrounding land. All 39.5 acres have residential future land use and zoning designations on city and county maps.
On a first reading at their April 6 meeting, the city commission unanimously approved changing the city’s future land use from Palm Beach County Rural Residential and Parkland Residential to Park.
The commission subsequently approved to transmit a request to the Broward County Planning Council to amend their county plan for consistency.
The commission also voted to rezone the 39.5 acres from Palm Beach County Agricultural Residential to recreation and open space.
A final vote will take place on the rezoning measure at the commission’s April 19 meeting, where the commission will vote on restricting development to Wedge Preserve Park.
To usher development, the commission will also vote on a resolution allowing the city to request building permits from the county before the county’s updated land use approval.
The city is already considering potential designs for Wedge Preserve Park and possible amenities.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board previously discussed conceptual designs at their March 27 meeting.
Two preliminary conceptual design plans, prepared by CPH Consultants, feature a myriad of recreational and preservation uses arranged in slightly different configurations.
Each design includes two baseball fields, a multi-use field, eight pickleball courts, four basketball courts, pavilions, a splash pad, a 40-foot landscape buffer along the park’s perimeter, a playground, fishing piers, walking trails, and ponds that also serve to retain stormwater.
Additional proposed elements include an open lawn, a 1200-square-foot indoor meeting space, and a Ninja Warrior course.
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- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan plans to pursue geosciences at Florida International University for his master's. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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