By Claire Nana
At the planning and zoning meeting on October 14, developer Brian Tuttle of Tuttle Land Investments told the members that active adults present an “economic burden.”
The statement was made after board members asked Tuttle the rationale behind amending the City of Parkland ordinance that removes the restriction limiting occupancy to residents age 55.
Tuttle responded, “the rationale for removing the active adult was initiated by the commission, which came to me and discussed it with me.”
On approximately 24.99 acres, the property is located in the northwest quadrant of Parkland on the south side of Loxahatchee Road.
Tuttle, the developer of the Four Seasons, explained that when the project is built out, it would be home to 538 active adult residents.
“What people don’t understand is active adults, while they are active adults at 55 and 60…tend to become a huge economic drag on the city that they are in,” said Tuttle.
Tuttle said that when the city commission came to him, they expressed that when the numbers of active adults rise in a city, they “create an economic burden for the city in 20 years.”
When board members opposed Tuttle’s ideas, he threatened to deliver a revised site plan, one that would follow existing zoning regulations but pack residents in so tightly, they would have “driveways going through their backyards.”
Tuttle then went even further, saying that he has already been talking with the Parkland commission, who overwhelmingly favor the zoning variances.
“Because remember, an active adult, when you have a thousand units of people in their 80s and 90s, they require four to five times the amount of emergency services as a regular adult living unit,” he claimed.
Property values also deteriorate compared to single-family homes, creating what Tuttle called a “double whammy” effect.
Tuttle recommended removing the restriction as “your opportunity” to avoid the code restriction that amounts to what he called “urban development” that would consist of alleyways and “people driving in your backyard.”
The Four Seasons, Tuttle claimed, is the “best property in Parkland,” alluding to its’ end-of-the-road location and potential to become a “great project.”
“We want to do what the city wants,” claimed Tuttle. The board did reject Tuttle’s plan; however, many residents left the meeting angry and upset.”
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- Claire Nana, LMFT, has written over thirty continuing education courses on nutrition and Mental Health, Post-Traumatic Growth, Motivation, Stigma. Claire has written articles for Trail Runner, Her Sports, and Horse Network is the author of Leverage: The Science of Turning Setbacks into Springboards.
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