SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS JOURNAL: Boynton Beach Golf Course Could be Redeveloped into 195 Homes
By Brian Bandell — Senior Reporter, South Florida Business Journal
Pulte Homes has requested approval to build 195 single-family homes on the Cypress Creek Country Club golf course west of Boynton Beach.
This would continue the trend of struggling golf courses in South Florida being redeveloped. The Cypress Creek course is currently closed, and the development application says it suffered operating losses and a decline in revenue each year since 2007.
On Feb. 7, the Palm Beach County Zoning Commission will consider the developer’s application to rezone the 121.1-acre golf course at 9400 S. Military Trail from “agricultural residential” to “planned unit development.” The site plan shows 195 single-family homes, 36.5 acres of lakes, 3.2 acres of recreation and a neighborhood park of 0.9 acres. It would be called Aurora Lakes.
The developer would pay $489,000 to the county’s affordable housing fund in lieu of building six workforce housing units on the site, under the county’s mandatory workforce housing rules.
Officials with Pulte couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Planning firm Wantman Group represents them in the application.
When Pulte first disclosed in 2017 that they had the golf course under contract, the homebuilder planned 250 to 275 homes there. However, there has been pushback from residents of the neighboring Cypress Creek community. Hundreds of homeowners sent letters in opposition to Aurora Lakes, and they hired Palm Beach Gardens attorney John Jorgensen to represent them.
County staff determined that the golf course was approved under a separate development plan from the surrounding homes, so the homeowners had no direct say over whether the golf course could be rezoned, according to the staff report. The developer agreed to create larger landscaping buffers so Aurora Lakes would have more green space.
Jorgensen said he plans to file a lawsuit against the developer on behalf of several Cypress Creek homeowners. When the original home development was built around 1964, the site plan on file with the county showed a golf course adjoining it, and homeowners paid more to have golf course views, he said. Jorgensen said his lawsuit will claim “equitable servitude” to recognize Cypress Creek as a golf course community so homes can’t be developed there.
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