Palm Beach Gardens officials to consider Avenir plans

The edge of the former Vavrus Ranch land, now the Avenir development. It is a 4,760-acre site in Palm Beach Gardens. The developers hope to build on part of the land and conserve the other part. Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)
The edge of the former Vavrus Ranch land, now the proposed Avenir development. It is a 4,760-acre site in Palm Beach Gardens. The developers hope to build on some of the land and conserve 2,426 acres. (Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)

A development on Palm Beach Gardens’ western edge that’s been years in the making may be approaching the finish line in the approval process.

The planning, zoning & appeals board will consider the proposed Avenir development on the former Vavrus Ranch north of Northlake BoulevardĀ 6 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers, 10500 N. Military Trail.

Representatives of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Council of Palm Beach County spoke in favor of the plans at a workshop in October. Residents of neighboring communities and North County Neighborhood Coalition President Sal Faso, however, said plans for additional development in the Northlake Boulevard corridor will only worsen traffic congestion.

Plans include a regional connector road from Northlake Boulevard to Beeline Highway through Avenir to allow commuters to avoid the intersection of the two. The development should reverse the flow of some cars going east for services and employment, Planner Ken Tuma said at the October workshop.

Everglades Law Center Senior Staff Counsel Lisa Interlandi has said the proposed connector road would negatively impact the environment, and traffic effects are widespread.

Plans callĀ for the dedication of 2,407 acres to conservation, according to the most recent city documents.

City Council will also hold a special meeting about the development Jan 6.

Read more about the latest version of plans for the development here.