Jupiter with Stuart, Sewall’s Point, Jupiter Island: No to Developments of Regional Impact in Martin

Master Plan Hobe Grove

Melzer writes: The City of Stuart, Town of Jupiter Island, Town of Sewall’s Point and now Town of Jupiter have reviewed the proposals of Hobe Grove and Harmony and say NO to changing the urban boundary rules! Commissioners Heard and Fielding have proposed rejecting the Comp Plan Amendments NOW.

Martin County residents and businesses have to be asking: Why aren’t we hearing an unequivable “NO” to the Comp Plan Amendments of Hobe Grove and Harmony from Ciampi, Hayes and Smith NOW, Today!!!?? No to the Comp Plan Amendments is a legislative issue and the Commission has great latitude. A “No” to the Comp Plan Amendments would mean a “No” the sprawl town DRI proposals. Last night Town of Jupiter added their opposition.

You can send an email now to: eciampi@martin.fl.us, phayes@martin.fl.us, dsmith@martin.fl.us.

The high costs in taxes, the blight/vitality-sucking costs to existing businesses and older neighborhoods, the quality of life costs of sprawl and quality of life all support a NO to Hobe Grove and NO to Harmony Comp Plan Amendments and DRIs.

Here’s what happened at the Town of Jupiter resolution adoption last evening. The Town adopted Resolution for a “NO to Hobe Grove, NO to Harmony” because of negative impacts to the economy, negative impacts to the roads, negative impacts to the beaches and boat ramps by a vote of 4 to 0 with 1 commissioner abstaining.

The developers’ new attorneys for Hobe Grove objected saying it was unfair, possibly due process violation, and that the Town should just express the concerns through the DRI process — and the developer will address the concerns.

The Town responded that there is NO WAY to FIX the PROBLEMS that will result from Hobe Grove and Harmony. The projects are now simply too much development in the wrong place.

Excerpt from Town of Jupiter Resolution adopted Tuesday,2/21/12: http://www.jupiter.fl.us/Agendas/TownCouncil/index.cfm/

Section 2. The Town Council of the Town of Jupiter respectfully requests that the Martin County Board of County Commissioners not approve the proposed Hobe Grove and Harmony DRIs due to anticipated adverse REGIONAL impacts from the developments on traffic and boat and beach access facilities within the Town and the anticipated adverse economic impacts to the Scripps Florida bio-technology cluster.

Section 3. The Town Council of the Town of Jupiter respectfully requests that the Martin County Board of County Commissioners not approve any Comprehensive Plan amendments associated with the proposed Hobe Grove and Harmony DRIs due to anticipated adverse REGIONAL impacts within the Town identified in Section 2.10.1

Councilor Friedman moved to approve Resolution 15-12; seconded by Councilor Harrison; motion passed.

Golonka Yes

Kuretski Yes

Friedman Yes

Harrison Yes

Wodraska Abstain

RESOLUTION NO. 15-12

A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF JUPITER, FLORIDA, TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MARTIN COUNTY EXPRESSING THE TOWN’S OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED HOBE GROVE AND HARMONY DEVELOPMENTS OF REGIONAL IMPACT AND ANY RELATED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS DUE TO; ANTICIPATED ADVERSE REGIONAL IMPACTS ON TRAFFIC AND BEACH AND BOAT ACCESS FACILITIES WITHIN THE TOWN; AND THE ADVERSE EFFECTS THE DEVELOPMENTS WOULD HAVE ON THE SCRIPPS FLORIDA BIO-TECHNOLOGY CLUSTER; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

WHEREAS, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners adopted a Comprehensive Plan (the Plan) which has been previously determined by the state land planning agency of the State of Florida to be in compliance with Chapter 163, Part II, Florida Statutes; and
WHEREAS, two property owners, who together own more than 5,500 acres of property in the area west of Hobe Sound and I-95, north and south of Bridge Road, have submitted Applications for Development Approval for two Developments of Regional Impact (DRI), known, respectively as the Hobe Grove DRI and the Harmony DRI; and
WHEREAS, the Hobe Grove and Harmony DRIs together would add a total of 8,300 residential units and 6,615,000 square feet of non-residential uses such as a town center, research and development parks, offices, corporate headquarters and “higher education” within 10 miles of the Town; and
WHEREAS, a summary of the DRI activity in the Treasure Coast Region prepared by Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council staff reveals that there are currently 65 approved DRIs in the Region which are vested to develop the following:

124,190 approved residential units of which 59,846 are built

83,351,185 s.f. of non-residential uses of which 37,742,529 are built

WHEREAS, the development of these two DRIs would essentially result in the establishment of a new urban population center, in a rural, agricultural area of the Martin County; and
WHEREAS, the development of these two DRIs would result in adverse REGIONAL traffic impacts on the Town along the Indiantown Road Corridor even with the completion of mitigation measures by the DRIs as detailed in Exhibit “A”; and

WHEREAS, the northern Palm Beach County municipal partners (and including unincorporated Palm Beach County) have inventoried land available to accommodate the potential for eight million square feet of research and development uses which are projected to potentially develop over a 30 year build out period within a 10 mile radius of Scripps Florida: and
WHEREAS, the development of these two DRIs, in particular the 2,945,000 square feet of research and development uses would add to the inventory and potentially threaten the investment made by the Town, Palm Beach County, and the State of Florida in developing the bio-technical uses the municipalities and Palm Beach County have set aside to develop the “Scripps cluster” in northern Palm Beach County.
WHEREAS, the development of these two DRIs, in particular the 8,300 residential units, would result in adverse REGIONAL impacts to the beach and boating access facilities in northern Palm Beach County, which are located in the Town.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF JUPITER, FLORIDA, AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. The whereas clauses are incorporated herein as true and correct findings of the Town Council.

Section 2. The Town Council of the Town of Jupiter respectfully requests that the Martin County Board of County Commissioners not approve the proposed Hobe Grove and Harmony DRIs due to anticipated adverse REGIONAL impacts from the developments on traffic and boat and beach access facilities within the Town and the anticipated adverse economic impacts to the Scripps Florida bio-technology cluster.

Section 3. The Town Council of the Town of Jupiter respectfully requests that the Martin County Board of County Commissioners not approve any Comprehensive Plan amendments associated with the proposed Hobe Grove and Harmony DRIs due to anticipated adverse REGIONAL impacts within the Town identified in Section 2.

This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption.

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