Gardens to settle lawsuit over Avenir vote

This courtesy rendering shows what the shops and restaurants could look like in the Avenir development.

This courtesy rendering shows what the shops and restaurants could look like in the Avenir development.

Palm Beach Gardens officials are scheduled to vote Thursday to settle a lawsuit related to the 3,250-home Avenir development.

Ibis resident Gary Alexander filed a complaint June 3 in Palm Beach County Circuit Court in which he alleged the city should have posted at both Northlake Boulevard and the Beeline Highway signs that included the time, date and place of a City Council hearing.

Alexander’s objections surrounded the May 5 meeting at which Council approved rezoning 4,763 acres and the Avenir master plan. He asked the court to void the City Council votes.

Palm Beach Gardens in a court filing last month countered that Alexander never argued the city’s approval was inconsistent with the city’s comprehensive plan, as required by Florida law to challenge a local government decision.

City Attorney Max Lohman said during the meeting in May the property was properly posted. Neither Palm Beach Gardens nor Avenir Holdings admits to wrongdoing under the terms of the settlement.

Avenir Holdings intervened in the lawsuit. Under the terms of the settlement, the developer will recommend Palm Beach Gardens form a committee to review its charter and that Alexander be made part of the committee if he applies.

Palm Beach Gardens will review whether to require the time, date and location of a hearing should be included on signs at the properties where development is proposed, according to the terms of the proposed settlement.

The city will consider establishing a charter review committee for which Alexander will be considered as a member if he applies and meets the qualifications, according to the proposed settlement.

Avenir will pay Alexander the $420 cost for bringing the lawsuit under the terms of the proposed agreement.

In addition to houses, the Avenir master plan includes 1.94 million square feet of professional office space, 200,000 square feet of medical office, 400,000 square feet of commercial development, a 300-room hotel and a 55-acre public park.

 

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