DIS­TRICT

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fash­ion in and out of town via the three bridges link­ing the town and city.

“We are not in any way ob­struct­ing the de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in an­other city,” Coniglio said. The town’s con­cern is “sim­ply the traf­fic, and what that might look like.”

There’s wide­spread opin­ion on how much con­ges­tion the new dis­trict would gen­er­ate, and the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion is try­ing to de­ter­mine a range, she said.

“That anal­y­sis is to be done in the very near fu­ture. The pur­pose of the pe­ti­tion is to hold in abeyance any fur­ther com­pre­hen­sive plan re­view un­til we get that anal­y­sis.”

Karl San­ders, a lawyer with Jones, Fos­ter, John­ston & Stubbs, the West Palm Beach firm that rep­re­sents the town, will rep­re­sent both the county and town in the pe­ti­tion. The pe­ti­tion will al­low the town to par­tic­i­pate in a con­flict res­o­lu­tion process re­quired by state law when there are in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal dis­putes, San­ders said.

“I think it’s ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial,” Coun­cil­woman Mar­garet Zei­d­man said of the pe­ti­tion.

County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Ver­de­nia Baker said the op­po­si­tion is not to the project in prin­ci­ple, but rather to make sure it is car­ried out in an or­derly fash­ion.

“I am clear that growth is go­ing to oc­cur . ... I have no is­sue with the vi­brant down­town West Palm Beach. I am all for that. It helps with our econ­omy here in Palm Beach County as a whole,” Baker said. “My con­cern is we have no idea what the im­pact is go­ing to be and that we need to work to­gether to en­sure that, what­ever is built in down­town, that we have the ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture in place to han­dle the im­pact.”

Staff Writer Alexan­dra Seltzer con­trib­uted to this story.

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