Lake Worth, a coastal city of 37,000 residents and 7 square miles located in Palm Beach County, Florida, is a dynamic, multi-cultural city with a strong social and environmental consciousness. People are drawn to the city by its independent character, acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles. The city’s urban character include many historic structures, a “hip” downtown, and distinctive residential neighborhoods. The city has a rich history and is protective of its historic architectural urban fabric.
Annexation Initiative- Lake Worth Park of Commerce
NZ Consultants, Inc. (NZC) was contracted to prepare an Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement (ISBA) and Joint Planning Agreement between the City of Lake Worth and the Board of County Commissioners of Palm Beach County. This initiative included facilitating community meetings; and, preparing a resolution and a technical report including maps of the subject area.
The ISBA/Public Outreach process encompasses two (2) public meetings with the community in order to listen to their input and responds to their comments and questions.
Lake Worth Park of Commerce ISBA Technical Report
The report focuses on current Level of Services provided by the City of Lake Worth and the impact that the ISBA and future annexations will have in terms of capital resources and staffing. This information was gathered through in-person meetings, and detailed follow-ups. The ISBA technical report included in-depth analysis of the following elements:
- Public Services
- Water and Sewer Utility Services
- Electric Utility Services
- Community Sustainability Services
- Leisure Services
- Public Safety Services: Law Enforcement and Fire Rescue
Land Development Regulations Outreach Initiative
The City of Lake Worth initiated a proactive marketing campaign to promote redevelopment and publicize its newly adopted Land Development Regulations (LDRs). NZ Consultants (NZC) supplied high-impact graphics, data and analysis, GIS mapping, and presentation materials to attract investment into the City. NZC’s campaign included site maps showing possible development scenarios; architectural 3-D illustrations portraying site design options, building elevations, and street views. This outreach initiative included public engaging forums with the community, developers and potential investors.
Sustainable Comprehensive Plan
In 2016, the City of Lake Worth determined it was necessary to conduct a review and evaluation of its current Comprehensive Plan to reflect changes in state requirements, current City’s conditions, challenges and future community trends. Pursuant to Chapter 163.3191, Florida Statutes (F.S.), local governments are required to evaluate their local comprehensive plan every seven years to determine if plan amendments are necessary since the last update of the Comprehensive Plan, and notify the State Land Planning agency as to its determination.
To prepare the subject amendments, the City contracted NZ Consultants (NZC) to work with the Sustainability Department and other City’s Departments.
The proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment encompasses the following eleven (11) elements including a new element-Economic Development-and the addition of Neighborhoods to the existing Housing Element:
- Future Land Use
- Housing & Neighborhoods
- Coastal Management
- Recreation and Open Space
- Intergovernmental Coordination
- Capital Improvement
- Public School Facilities
- Economic Development
The Comprehensive Plan update focused on strengthening Lake Worth as a sustainable community incorporates multi-modal transportation network; compact, walkable, mixed use patterns of development; denser development in urban areas where infrastructure exists; provision of civic spaces and interconnected open spaces for recreation; economic vitality and job choices; diversify its housing supply; and a robust educational system.