After three days of meetings about a proposed zoning change that would allow the Wellington International show grounds to expand and new luxury housing to be built on land that is currently part of the town’s equestrian preserve, on Thursday the Wellington (Florida) Village Council decided to delay the vote. Due to conflicts among the council members’ schedules, a meeting to vote on the issues has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb. 7.
More than 15 hours of meetings took place this week, mostly consisting of testimony from interested parties (those who are immediately impacted by the developments) and other members of the public, as well as from Wellington Lifestyle Partners, the entity proposing the land re-zoning and development. But as the clock passed 11 p.m. Thursday, with more public comment and closing statements still to come, the council decided it needed more time to decide the issue.
The vote rescheduled for Feb. 7 will decide if 90 acres of land can be taken out of Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve and developed by Wellington Lifestyle Partners, which would then give up rights to develop a 114-acre parcel just south of the existing Wellington International show grounds. That land would instead be used to expand the show grounds, allowing the Adequan Global Dressage Festival to move to the same property as the Winter Equestrian Festival. AGDF currently takes place at Equestrian Village, on the 90-acre parcel within the preserve. Its lease on the property expires this year, though Wellington Lifestyle Partners has agreed to allow the show series to remain at its current home until the new facilities are built, if the rezoning and associated changes are approved by council.