While in a ‘Visioning’ Frame of Mind…. A Novel Idea for the City Council to Consider!

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Here’s a novel idea for our City Council as they contemplate their agenda for the next two years:  Why not take a slight pause in approval of major new construction projects until we have a plan in place for solving Boca’s traffic and parking problems, particularly in our downtown?

Not a moratorium, but a pause, to give our city leaders a chance to put in place some creative ideas for congestion relief.  A pause would also give them time to measure the impact of all of the buildings currently under construction or not fully occupied.  We won’t fully realize that impact until the snowbirds return next November.  The increase in traffic could be dramatic, particularly on Dixie, Federal, and Palmetto and in all those adjacent neighborhoods, as frustrated drivers look for alternative routes.

This is not only good planning, it is good politics.  Why pour more gasoline on the fire when Boca residents are already unhappy about overdevelopment?  Why add to the problem and approve more massive construction projects like 200 Mizner during the summer when many residents are out of town?

Developers will not like the idea of a pause—time is money, after all.  But a pause to get our infrastructure right and make Boca more habitable is better than outright rejection.  Dealing with traffic and parking first would actually open the path to more graceful and resident-friendly development in the future.  And to make the pause as brief as possible, developers could devote their considerable resources to coming up with creative solutions to Boca’s congestion and parking problems.  The City Council should be asking, “Before you build this building, how do you suggest we handle the additional traffic it will generate?” The more creative minds working on this, the better.  The quicker and smarter the solutions, the better for all of us.

It’s a win-win.  And it’s common sense.

Norman Waxman
Vice President
BocaBeautiful.org

 

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Norm and his wife have lived in Boca Raton for 5 years. He is President of Norman Waxman LLC, a consulting firm catering to all segments of the furniture industry. Prior to forming his consulting firm, Mr. Waxman served as President and was on the Board of numerous furniture manufacturing firms, and currently sits on the Boards of several retail furniture companies. He served as National Chair for the furniture division of the Anti Defamation League for over 20 Years and is now Chairman Emeritus. He was formerly a member of the Eastern Board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He is a 1958 graduate of Clark University. His wife of 57 years, Sondra, shares his concerns about community development issues and is also active in BocaBeautiful.org.

2 COMMENTS

  1. There is no traffic issue. You can get anywhere in downtown in 5-10 minutes. When you can get anywhere in under 10 minutes you can’t say there’s a traffic problem.

    Parking is a different story.

  2. Excuse me…it is very difficult to get anywhere within the City as the traffic is bumper to bumper most of the time. Perhaps you’re on foot!

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