Parkland growing by the acre as annexation continues

Land known as the “Wedge” is slow disappearing as Parkland expands its boundaries and builds more homes.

Parkland Royale, a single-family home community for senior adults, will grow to 724 homes after the city annexes 62 acres of unincorporated land.

If approved by the City Commission in November and then by the Broward Legislative Delegation, it would be annexed into Parkland in September 2015.

Commissioners this month gave tentative approval to annex 413 acres of vacant land for Parkland Bay, a 585 single-family home community. Final approval will be in November.

Eventually, all of the unincorporated area will be in Parkland.

“Parkland is hot; people want to be in Parkland,” said Mayor Michael Udine. “They realize we have something special here, and we’re excited to maintain the Parkland lifestyle and offer it to more.”

The city estimates that building out the Wedge will increase its population by 10,000 to 15,000 people.

The Wedge was a nearly 2,000-acre tract off Loxahatchee Road and south of the Hillsboro Canal that was transferred from Palm Beach County to Broward County in 2009.

Palm Beach County agreed to give up the land, with the approval of the Florida Legislature, after residents fought development plans. If the properties had stayed in Palm Beach County, the development would have required building new road connections between the two counties.

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The Parkland communities that have already been built on more than 1,200 acres of the land include MiraLago, about 700 homes and townhouses, and Watercrest at Parkland, which has 450 homes and is planning to expand.

A charter school is proposed for a parcel at the northwest corner of University Drive and Hillsboro Boulevard.

Udine said the city reaps benefits with new money in property tax dollars: “It provides us secure financial footing in the future,” he said.

In addition, developers are required to pay Parkland millions of dollars in “impact” fees to improve the library, streets and expand existing schools.

lhuriash@tribpub.com or 954-572-2008

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