Winding Trails hops state hurdle, returning for final Wellington vote

The controversial Winding Trails  equestrian development project is back from the state, and it’s coming back for final approval from the Wellington Village Council.

The council gave first approval on Dec. 13 to the developers Ward Real Estate who want to build nine large-lot equestrian estates, including barns, owner’s apartments and groom’s quarters. The second vote is expected to take place on Feb. 28.

The project then went to the state’s Department of Economic Opportunities, which had no issues. Wellington also got the all clear from the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.

Now all the hurdles have been cleared except the second approval from Wellington. If the council approves the project a second time, the developers will be allowed to start building.

Several of the council members indicated at the first meeting that they would vote against the project on the second vote if some problems weren’t addressed.

The meeting lasted until well after midnight with dozens of speakers giving their opinions on both sides of the issue.

Spectators packed Wellington's Village Hall for the first council vote on Winding Trails on Dec. 13 (Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post).

Spectators packed Wellington’s Village Hall for the first council vote on Winding Trails on Dec. 13 (Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post).