Parkland Seeks Public Input on Heron Bay's Commercial Transformation
The former Heron Bay Golf Course looking north. The Marriott, out of frame, is South. 

By Kevin Deutsch

Parkland city officials will hold two outreach meetings with residents to discuss the city’s planned development of part of the former Heron Bay Golf Course into “premier commercial real estate.”

The public outreach meetings will be held at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, at Parkland City Hall, 6600 University Drive.

Residents can register here to attend one of the meetings.

“The city of Parkland is in the beginning stages of developing a premier commercial concept on a portion of the former Heron Bay golf course,” the city said in a Facebook post Tuesday announcing the outreach meetings.

On the meetings’ registration page, the city asks attendees what role a “premier commercial property should play in your and your family’s lives?” and “What type of commercial property would make our community valuable for years to come?”

Commissioners approved the purchase of 65 acres of the former golf course in September 2022 from North Springs Improvement District (NSID) for $25,410,000, with the intention of using the land for commercial and residential real estate development.

NSID had purchased the 223-acre former golf course from Clublink in 2019 for $32 million. The district at the time said it planned to use about 150 acres for stormwater retention and green space, including a natural preserve, space for memorializing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victims, five miles of pedestrian and bike paths, and five water stations.

As for the planned residential portion of the property, Parkland city commissioners approved a purchase agreement with developers the Toll Brothers in September 2023 with an eye toward developing part of the former golf course into luxury residential properties.

At the time, city plans called for a maximum of 52 luxury homes to be developed on 21 acres. Commercial development of a Town Center project is planned for the area immediately south, which the commission discussed preliminary plans for in October 2023.

The city has said it visualizes Town Center as a picturesque downtown haven featuring sunsets, promising pedestrian-friendly boulevards, sophisticated architectural designs, conventional “main street” storefronts, waterfront views, and a wide array of dining options. However, officials said the eventual decision on what to include in the development would draw heavily on residents’ feedback.

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Kevin Deutsch
Kevin Deutsch
Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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