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.