Dear City Resident:
On September 25, 2017, the City of West Palm Beach City Commission will discuss the creation of a new Okeechobee Business District (OBD). This proposed district would include the properties located between Okeechobee Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue from Flagler Drive to Rosemary Avenue. The purpose of the OBD is to:
- Strengthen the City’s Financial District and to encourage the development of sorely-needed Class A office developments. This would result in more jobs and the consolidation of this corridor as the main office district of the downtown;
- Create an environment that would attract many of the national corporations that desire to be located in our City;
- Provide incentives to encourage the preservation of landmark historic structures such as the First Church of Christ Scientist;
- Continue the ongoing desire to retain and increase public open spaces along Flagler Drive and require no developments occur within 400 feet of the Intracoastal Waterway;
- Maintain or reduce the development capacity for projects along this corridor to lower the number of vehicles traveling along Okeechobee Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue.
The overall development permitted within this corridor would not be increased. Instead, it would be reduced from what is allowed today. Height incentives might be offered to accomplish the goals outlined above while the amount of building would be REDUCED on two of the four blocks within the district. This would result in building capacity that would be reduced or remain the same as what is permitted today. Additionally, a reduced maximum parking requirement would be established to reduce the amount of vehicles within the district. A required contribution to the City’s trolley system and an increase in public open space would also be required of all developers along with a required Transportation Demand Management plan.
It is important to note that this proposed amendment does NOT impact ANY properties along the Flagler Waterfront District north of Lakeview Avenue.
The City is not suggesting that any properties north of the OBD be permitted to allow any increase in height or density, and I will NOT support any increases in height for any property in this district along Flagler Drive.
The preservation of the City’s waterfront is paramount, and I truly believe these changes will allow West Palm Beach to continue being a world class city.
Jeri Muoio, Mayor