Coconut Creek News

Heads Up: Landfill Meeting, Turnpike Expansion

by Yvonne Lopez | Jan 22, 2024
Heads Up Creek

Landfill (Monarch Hill)


Waste Management Seeks to Increase Landfill Height & Size

Broward County Commission is scheduling a landfill meeting for late this summer.

  • When: TBD
  • Where: Room 422, Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

The City of Coconut Creek has a critical update for our residents.

Waste Management (WM) is seeking two significant expansions to the Monarch Hill landfill that will extend its use for approximately 16 additional years.

  • The first expansion is a County Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) that would convert the decommissioned waste-to-energy facility at the landfill to additional landfill space. The LUPA requires County Commission approval, and the County Commission Meeting is scheduled for May 21, 2024. Approval of the amendment would go against Broward Planning staff recommendations as it is not consistent with Broward County policies and is being considered prior to the County’s approval of an updated Comprehensive Plan including an extremely outdated Solid Waste Element.
  • The second expansion is a height variance. Currently, the landfill is approved for a maximum height of 225 feet. They propose raising it to a staggering 325 feet. WM has not submitted the variance application to the County yet; however, they are already working to influence the County Commission.

This is not a matter to be taken lightly and requires your immediate attention and action.

Call or email County Commissioners to make your voice heard:


You must sign up to speak at the County Commission Meeting - Speaker Card (office.com)

The City urges residents to take action. Your voice matters.

City staff covered this topic in detail at an Ambassador meeting which is available for review at the following link here. 

Submit a Landfill Complaint


Turnpike Expansion

There are several projects under design that all relate to Florida’s Turnpike, the Sawgrass Expressway, and the interchange of the two roads. These projects are broken into several different projects, but all have concerning impacts on the City of Coconut Creek.

With regard to Turnpike, the project study for the mainline Turnpike is nearing completion and the City's concerns have not been addressed.  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, held Public Hearings for the Turnpike expansion project for the section from Atlantic to Wiles Road. The project website, Turnpike595toWiles.com, has transcripts for the hearings.  Staff attended to voice the City’s concerns, and many residents were also in attendance.

The City has major concerns that we have submitted to the Turnpike.  Our concerns include:  the Turnpike’s insistence that the road project needs to shift to the west; the need for ten lanes when traffic volumes only warrant an 8-lane cross-section; the placement and height of the noise walls; and non-receipt of the amended plans from the Turnpike. The City will continue to seek commitments from the Turnpike related to these important issues.  Please continue to stay involved and share your concerns as we develop a plan of action.

People wishing to submit written or verbal comments/questions may do so at the hearing or may contact the project manager, Jazlyn Heywood, P.E., via email at Jazlyn.Heywood@dot.state.fl.us or by phone at (407) 264-3298.

For further details, please visit Turnpike595toWiles.com

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