ITID Economic Resiliency Plan: Addressing Economic Development & Disaster Resiliency

DATE:  June 2021

DOCUMENTS:  Indian Trail Improvement District Mobility Plan

PROGRAM & ROLE:
Containing an estimated 20,000 homes, Indian Trail is a community with only a single commercial plaza to service its estimated population of almost 50,000 people. The multi-generational community is demographically diverse, with a growing number of families with young children that has expanded the demands for educational and recreational facilities in the area. What is missing, however, is the opportunity for localized economic centers to provide needed jobs, goods, and services. Given the needs of disaster preparedness, which has been underscored by lessons from the COVID pandemic, the benefit of local commerce has received particular emphasis and is key to community resiliency. In addition to reducing impacts on the transportation network, local commerce also helps provide sustainable, more resilient communities for all living conditions, routine or unusual.

Established by the Florida Legislature in 1957, the Indian Trail Improvement District (ITID) includes approximately 95 square miles for which it provides drainage, transportation, and community services. Land use and zoning are controlled by Palm Beach County. Hallmarked by a rural and equestrian lifestyle, the community is predominately comprised of 1.25-acre homesteads and small farms historically interconnected by small country roads and equestrian trails. Over time, as the area surrounding Indian Trail became more urbanized, the community has been negatively impacted by external traffic traversing through the District. While Indian Trail was developed with a series of local two-lane roadways funded by ITID residents, the community has been bifurcated by a series of County acquired rights-of-way slated to become five- and six-lane arterials. These planned roadway expansions, from small 2-lane roads lined with single-family residential uses to high-speed thoroughfares, leave an inconsistent land use pattern in their wake.

To help Indian Trail become a more sustainable community, provide local economic opportunity, and help remedy the inconsistent land use pattern along pending roadway expansions, the Indian Trail Resiliency Plan has been created to help produce an improved land use, mobility, and economic balance in the long-term. Through a series of public workshops, seven economic centers have been identified, including three higher-intensity community centers (one of which is outside the ITID boundary but proximate to Indian Trail residents) along with four new lower-intensity neighborhood centers (all of which are within the ITID boundaries). The land use, transportation access, infrastructure, and context-sensitive design of these centers along with their impacts upon adjacent neighborhoods are analyzed in the Resiliency Plan.

Given the complexities of County-controlled land use, zoning, roadway planning, and infrastructure service in the ITID economic centers, plan implementation will require continued cooperation and coordination with several governmental entities. This plan describes Indian Trail’s history; evaluation of assets, challenges, obstacles, and opportunities; analysis of current and projected conditions; and recommendations to provide context-sensitive infill and revitalization to improve community sustainability and resiliency over time. This Resiliency Plan is a component of a larger resiliency strategy as overseen by the ITID Board of Supervisors.

The Indian Trail Resiliency Plan was created for the residents of the Indian Trail Improvement District through coordination with the ITID Board, residents, and property owners; extensive community input; facilitation by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council; and funding from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity through the Competitive Florida Partnership Program. Additionally, the Plan was informed by input from Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, and Florida Department of Transportation as well as residents, business and property owners, and staff of the ITID.

TEAM:

  • Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
    • Thomas J. Lanahan, Executive Director
    • Kim Delaney, PH.D. Director of Strategic Development & Policy, Project Manager
    • Dana P. Little, Urban Design Director
    • Jessica Cortor Seymour, RA, LEED AP, Regional Planner
    • Lauren Moss Clark, Urban Planner
  • Frank Veldhuis, Data Analysis & Mapping
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