“People just aren’t playing golf like they used to,” according to Lizzie Wells, writing in her January 2020 Sportcasting.com piece.
The nationwide decline in golfing has caused many courses to rethink the future; one such example is some of the land surrounding the Woodmont Country Club, which had been mired in lawsuits for quite some time.
This Wednesday, November 4, the City of Tamarac Planning Board will consider the Major Revised Site Plan and Special Exception Applications “requesting approval to allow for the construction of a four (4) story hotel containing one hundred and twenty-two (122) units.” The public meeting begins at 9:00 am.
Site Plan Details
According to the site plan narrative filed by the developer, Palmeira Holdings, the new plan calls for a hotel on the same property as the newly built Woodmont Country Club; the proposed hotel is a four-story, 122 room Hilton Home2Suites hotel which will “add value to the Woodmont Country Club and the City at large.”
There’s also a new Home2Suites in Fort Lauderdale’s downtown Flagler Village; you can read more about that property here.
Back in early 2019, The Real Deal reported that the City was considering developer Justin Schmidt’s proposal to build a five-story extended-stay hotel on the property. The Schmidt family has a long history in Tamarac; way back in 2006, Justin Schmidt’s father, Mark Schmidt (owner of the Woodmont Country Club), proposed building homes and a hotel on the course.
Pulte’s Growing Local Presence
According to Globe Street, homebuilder Pulte has been very active in building homes on or near struggling golf courses in South Florida, including Avalon Trails in Delray as well as other projects in Oakland Park, Hollywood, and Boca Raton. And in early 2020, The Real Deal reported that Pulte had acquired 20 acres in Lauderdale Lakes to build 77 single-family homes, noting that Pulte has “made a big push in Broward County in recent years by acquiring former golf courses and turning them into home communities.”
One of Pulte’s newest local projects, The Enclaves at Woodmont, is a single-family home community of 152 homes; ownership includes membership in the Woodmont Country Club. Home prices in the Enclaves begin at $488,990.
Planning Board Meeting Details
More information about the meeting can be found on the City’s website; here are highlights of the planning board meeting details:
“To promote social distancing and avoid the risk of additional community spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), meetings of the Planning Board, although open to physical attendance by members of the public, will be limited consistent with CDC guidelines.
The live webcast of the Planning Board meeting is available to all members of the public – this does not require any registration. For your safety and the safety of others, it is strongly recommended that you use the various viewing options available to watch the meeting:
- Tamarac streams meetings live on the City of Tamarac Facebook page
- The City also streams meetings live on its website at www.Tamarac.org/CityCommissionMeetings.
Commenting on Agenda Item(s)1-SP-19 / 2-Z-19 (Remotely)
You may submit comments by emailing your comments to PlanningBoard@Tamarac.org. All comments submitted by email, if read orally into the record, are to be three minutes or less. All comments submitted by email shall be made part of the public record.
Members of the public who wish to comment via telephone may register online at https://www.Tamarac.org/Meetings. Registered individuals will be contacted by telephone at the appropriate time during the meeting to offer their public comments.
Uploading a Video About Agenda Item(s) 1-SP-19 / 2-Z-19 (Remotely)
In lieu of submitting comments via email, you may record and submit a video for playback during the public comments portion of the Planning Board discussion of Item(s) 1-SP-19 / 2-Z-19.
Video Submission Deadline: You must submit the video no later than 12 noon, Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Submissions received after this deadline will not be played during the meeting but will be included as part of the record. You may submit one video of your comments, up to three minutes long. If your submission is longer than three minutes, only the first three minutes of the video will be played. Submissions must include your full name and address. You may submit your video by emailing it to PlanningBoard@Tamarac.org.
If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the Community Development department at (954) 597-3530.