Residents Vote to Make Westlake Palm Beach County's 39th Municipality
Residents Vote to Make Westlake Palm Beach County’s 39th Municipality
Westlake, Fla. (June 20, 2016) – Residents within the Seminole Improvement District have voted unanimously to create the city of Westlake with a charter and founding city council. A canvassing board certified the ballots on June 20.
Westlake is home to a 3,800-acre project being developed by Minto Communities. Approved plans call for 4,500 homes and 2.2 million square feet of non-residential commercial and employment center zoning. The Palm Beach County Commission approved Westlake and amendments to the county’s comprehensive plan in October 2014.
Earlier this year, residents of the district signed and delivered to the Seminole Improvement District a petition that initiated the conversion process. The District then, as outlined in State of Florida statutes, prepared an incorporation and conversion plan for Westlake and held public hearings to provide public input to the conversion plan.
On June 3, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections mailed ballots to the local residents qualified to vote on the question. On June 20, a canvassing board consisting of Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher and County Commissioner Steven Abrams counted all the ballots and certified the results.
As part of the vote, a city charter immediately became effective and five founding city council members were automatically elected.
“As the largest landowner in Westlake, we will work constructively with the new city administration with a focus on responsible and visionary growth,” said John Carter, vice president of Minto Communities-Florida. “We will also continue to work with Palm Beach County on a previously agreed transportation plan as well as land for parks, fire station, sheriff substation, and solutions to drainage issues that will benefit the City of Westlake and central Palm Beach County.”
An artist rendering of the Westlake Town Center.
About Minto Communities Florida
Founded in 1955, Minto is a family-owned business that has grown over the last 60 years into one of North America’s leading builders, with more than 80,000 homes built, including 25,000 in Florida. Minto creates a wide array of award-winning new homes and resort-style master-planned communities to meet every lifestyle. The company has earned national awards and recognition that include consistently high rankings from Eliant Customer Service Surveys, Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) and multiple national awards in community and home design. For information, visit mintofla.com.
Ashley Fierman, BoardroomPR