Public Hearing on the Woodlands Postponed Again, Waiting for Court Order

Woodlands

The Woodlands front entrance at Commercial Blvd.

By Agrippina Fadel

13th Floor received their extension before the second public hearing by suing the city.

A highly anticipated discussion of the Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA), rezoning, and development of the former Woodlands Golf Course was scheduled for the city commission meeting on Wednesday, November 10.

A few hours before the meeting, a message appeared on the official Tamarac website, notifying the public that in line with the court order, the commission would not be able to discuss or make motions on the matter.

At the meeting, Mayor Michelle Gomez said the land-use amendment item on the commission’s agenda was subject to court order adjourning the city from taking action before the court has conducted a full hearing on the 13th floor motion for temporary adjunctive relief.

“It is scheduled for November 18 at 10 a.m. via Zoom before the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Keathan Frink. Pending an outcome of that hearing, the item may be re-noticed for a public hearing at a future date,” she said.

Gomez explained that the commission is prohibited by order of the court from taking any action on the LUPA or items concerning the rezoning and the development agreement.

The city commission denied the request for a 10-month extension from 13th Floor to finish preparing the site plan for the Woodlands Golf Course on October 13.

This was the third extension request from the 13th Floor Woodlands HB GP. The developer proposes a large-scale land-use amendment and a rezoning, covering approximately 165.53 acres of the former Woodlands Golf Course to develop 397 single-family homes, a new clubhouse, and an amenity campus.

At the meeting on October 13, Attorney Scott Backman, who represents 13th Floor, said the developer was getting mixed messages from the city in the past months. He added that the Tamarac commission has been “changing the rules of the game” for the company’s application: making the land use application a legislative item rather than a quasi-judicial and requiring a finished site plan from the developer.

He said the company is looking for a fair hearing and due process and wants to move the application forward. But if the site plan must be a part of it, it could not be in front of the commission on November 10.

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Agrippina Fadel
Agrippina Fadel
Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and received her master's in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has been a US resident for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.

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