All downtown development is subject to the provisions of the Downtown Master Plan (DMP) and urban code to ensure that all new buildings contribute to the urban life of the city. The DMP is intended to develop a 24-hour, live-work-play environment fand to provide a unified vision of the downtown, inspiring confidence and encouraging new development which respects the unique character and identity of the area.
Think of the Downtown Master Plan as part of the ongoing history of West Palm Beach. It is intended to reinforce historical design concepts and propose new actions for supporting City traditions. When the DMP was originally adopoted, it was prepared for a downtown experiencing the typical decline of the small American City during the 1970s and 1980s. The Downtown population was diminishing and shopping was displaced to the suburbs. Despite these conditions, in 1994 the City clearly identified rebuilding the downtown area as a goal.
Rebuilding and encouragining growth of the downtown is still a City goal. The downtown area has over 100 acres of vacant land, parking lots, etc. The Downtown Master Plan will guide the Urban Design team in encouraging new development within the City of West Palm Beach's downtown.
The boundaries of the Downtown Master Plan: