18 Dec City Of Coconut Creek Makes Room For Massive Mainstreet Development
In a significant move towards urban development, the City Commission of Coconut Creek has greenlit a major rezoning application for the MainStreet @ Coconut Creek PMDD (Planned MainStreet Development District). This pivotal decision, made at last week’s city meeting, sets the stage for a transformative urban project in the heart of Coconut Creek.
The rezoning request spearheaded by Scott Backman of Dunay, Miskel & Backman, LLC on behalf of property owners (David Auld of Johns Family Partners LLLP and the City of Coconut Creek), aims to shift the zoning from various current designations to PMDD. This change will facilitate the development of up to 2,360 multi-family residential units and 225,000 square feet of non-residential space, transforming 157 acres of farmland into a vibrant, mixed-use downtown area. The Seminole casino is located on the southwest corner of the project and the Promenade on the northeast corner.
Situated strategically between Lyons Road and State Road 7, and Wiles Road and Sample Road, the proposed site falls within the MainStreet Project Area (MSPA). This area, earmarked for development since the mid-2000s, requires rezoning to PMDD for any new project to align with the MainStreet Design Standards (MSDS) and other regulatory frameworks. Arguably one of the largest of its kind in Broward County, the development is valued at more than $250,000 million.
The MainStreet PMDD envisions a sustainable, pedestrian-friendly community. It includes a diverse mix of townhomes, condominiums and apartments, alongside commercial, recreational, and civic facilities. Plans for a new Fire Station 113 and talks over a public safety complex are in the works.
This ambitious project underscores the city’s commitment to sustainable practices, multi-modal transportation, public amenities, and environmental sensitivity. It represents a holistic approach to urban planning, balancing development needs with community well-being and ecological considerations.
mportantly, community involvement has been a cornerstone of the planning process. The applicant engaged in extensive outreach, including a dedicated project website, neighborhood meetings, and direct communication with nearby residents. This participatory approach has been instrumental in shaping the project to reflect community needs and aspirations.
Coconut Creek city staff endorsed the rezoning at last week’s city commission meeting, affirming its compliance with the city’s Comprehensive Plan and zoning standards. The city’s Planning and Zoning Board also recommended approval subject to certain conditions, including adherence to development agreements and addressing outstanding Development Review Committee comments.
The project promises to reshape Coconut Creek into a dynamic, modern urban center while preserving its unique character and environmental assets. The City Commission’s next steps include detailed reviews of the plat, site plans, and development agreements when the time comes, ensuring that the MainStreet @ Coconut Creek PMDD meets today’s urban needs in Broward and sets a benchmark for future sustainable development.