The Council and senior city staff spent several days together this past week reviewing the state of the city (strategic plan & past goals & accomplishments) and set the “Top” and “High” priorities for the coming year.

Council and City staff recognize these will not be the only “priorities” for the year but reducing several score of “targets for action,” down to less than a dozen provides staff with a manageable number of Council approved initiatives to focus resources.

The 2015-2016 TARGETS FOR ACTION are separated into TOP PRIORITY and HIGH PRIORITY. They are (in no particular order):

TOP PRIORITIES

– Corporate Communications (Position & Plan)
– Downtown Parking and Garage
– Comprehensive Waterfront Plan (including boat ramp(s))
– Development Process Improvements Plan
– City Campus Conditions Assessment & Master Plan for future

HIGH PRIORITIES

– Economic Development Policy, Plan & Implementation
– City Service Level & Staffing (Direction & Funding)
– Airport Strategy
– Downtown Pattern Book
– 20th Street Development & Overlay District (in coordination with FAU)
– Beach & Park District Strategy

Here is a more in depth look at the specicific goals and priorties and discussion:

FIVE YEAR GOALS 

MAYOR SUSAN HAYNIE

A. College Town District completed

B. Construction of Downtown garage

C. Address Downtown Mobility

D. Waterfront destination on Palmetto Park Road and 5th Ave.

E. Complete “Town Center” Project — Mobility issues

F. Railroad station at Town Mall  (workers can travel without cars)

G. Executing Municipal Campus map.

SCOTT SINGER

A. More good jobs at corporate headquarters

B. Downtown Parking Garage

C. “Best in Class” interface with citizens — (Communications)

D. Innovative Development code — mixed use, MAINTAIN BOCA CHARACTER”

E. Visionary Staff and Leaders

F. Our citizens have become more engaged and knowledgeable — Need to hire personnel to inform and increase awareness re: our community

G. Increase use of internet.

MIKE MULLAUGH

A. Expand Tax Base — annex “Boca Grove” and ” Mediterranea”

B. Plan for City Campus

C. Final decision re: Pattern Book and IDG

D. Establish land values in every area within Boca

E. Lake Weiman Project

F. Environmentally friendly lighting — “down to the ground, not up to the sky

G. Tri-rail station at “Town Center Mall” with Circulator

H. Planned Mobility and Parking Garage

ROBERT WEINROTH

A. Downtown Parking Strategy  (Downtowner?)

B. Financial Strategy

C. Develop Hillsboro-El Rio Park

D. Permitting and Beach Passes on line

E. Develop 80 acres at Spanish River interchange

JEREMY RODGERS

A. Long term Job Picture  (Medical and Technology)

B. International Business development

C. Downtown traffic congestion — Complete plan for navigable city

D. Top educational programs

E. Innovation on information flow (i.e. Google map to locate events and exhibit new developments and their locations

ONE YEAR GOALS

MAYOR HAYNIE 

A. 20th St. District — Identify infrastructure

B. Palmetto and 5th Ave. Plan

C. Identify sites for downtown garages

D. Municipal Campus Plan initiated

E. Adopt Mobility plan for downtown

JEREMY RODGERS

A. Master City Plan

B. Bring new business to Boca

ROBERT WEINROTH

A. Master City Plan

B. Define Parking garage location

C. Plan for upgraded FAU campus

D. Annexation (Boca Grove )

E. Finalize plan for Hillsboro– El Rio Park

MIKE MULLAUGH

A. Plan for City Campus

B. Finalize Pattern Book and IDG

C. Lake Weiman Project– Red Reef Park — Dredge Canoe and Kayak Routes

SCOTT SINGER

A. Improve communications with citizens — coordinated communications strategy

B. Concrete goal to attract business

C. Mizner Park Parking Plan

D. Boca Waterfront Plan

GENERAL STRATEGIC ISSUES

LEIF AHNELL – CITY MANAGER

1.New projects downtown — Need to control growth

2. Urbanization — i.e. roads, congestion, trains, shuttles

3. Confront old  projects that have been extended and are now coming due

4. Variances

a. Changes in developments — not permitted under current rules

5. Budget for growth of Employee labor pool — to serve increased population

6. Review Pattern Book and IDG

7. Consider CAP on # of units

8. New buildings need to incorporate charm, quality of life, be pedestrian friendly and enhance the city

9. 10,000 to 20,000 more people in 5 years — potential of 4000 new apartments

10. Policy implications of more density than we have approved

11. DIDN’T ADHERE TO CONCEPT OF KEEP BOCA BEAUTIFUL — FOLLOW UP INCONSISTENT WITH DEVELOPMENT OF BUILDINGS

General recognition and reasonable discussion of development issues.

Topic of initiating a “moratorium” for a short period to review all potential development and their implications.

VISION FOR BOCA

Based on discussion with staff by Lyle Sumek, Facilitator

1. Great neighborhoods, residents enjoying beach , waterways and arts

2. Feeling safe

3. Preservation of homes

4. intra-city public network transportation

5. Vibrant Downtown – (shops, accessible&affordable parking, maintenance of city character)

6. Diverse residential options

7. Beautiful by design – (open and green spaces)

8. Global economic center

a. Transit convenience

b. Telecommunications system

c.  Biotech and research center

d.  High paying jobs for residents

9. Clean shoreline

10. Beaches renourished

11. Parking and Boat ramp

12. Arts and cultural

a. State of Art theater (Mizner Park or elsewhere)

b. FAU and Lynn University performances in Boca

13. High quality recreational opportunities

a. Parks with well maintained athletic facilities

MISSION OF CITY GOVERNMENT

1. WORLD CLASS SERVICES

2. FINANCIALLY SOUND

3. VIBRANT AND SUSTAINABLE CITY

4. STRONG PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND GOVERNING BODY