Reflection Bay plan calls for 707 townhomes next to Century Village

The Reflection Bay subdivision is vacant commercial land adjacent to Century Village west of Haverhill Road in unincorporated Palm Beach County, Fla. It was once home to Turtle Bay Golf Course. Since the course closure more than a decade ago, nature has reclaimed the land with vegetation growing wild on the property. Poles of the former driving range still remain on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

Once again, a landowner and Century Village residents in suburban West Palm Beach are wrangling over the future development of a defunct golf course immediately south of the sprawling retirement community. 

Vehement objections were par for the course previously. But what a difference a decade makes. 

The Palm Beach Zoning Commission unanimously recommended Thursday that the County Commission allow revisions to a plan it approved for the Turtle Bay Country Club golf course site years ago following a hearing that lasted only an hour and was notable for its decorum. 

“I think there’s a recognition that there is a need for development,” said Donald Foster, property manager at the United Civic Organization of Century Village, an umbrella organization for the numerous condominium associations within the 7,854-unit complex on Haverhill Road north of Okeechobee Boulevard. 

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