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BocaWatch commentator Jack McWalter is back to discuss the latest updates with the Midtown rezoning. Stay tuned for more.
Jack’s first point is spot on.He points out that the land use regulations for the area have not been written and the developer seems to be writing the Ordinance despite the direction given that the City should write the ordinance. A little History needs to be reflected upon here- The City – when it annexed the Mall and the surrounding area including the Crocker Center stated that they would keep the existing development as grandfathered in and even though it was developed MORE intensely than Boca’s codes would allow, they would receive that grandfathered status. The assumption was that these areas were maxed out far beyond what would be allowable under Boca’s code but we would respect any nonconformity. The furthest thing from anyone’s mind was that the annexation itself was the first step towards rewriting the Code to allow for even more development, but that it seems was the plan all along.