At last night's P&Z meeting "traffic" was cited as the reason for the second and final delay in the P&Z presentation by the Wells Fargo bank attorney in en effort to obtain an extension on the 2007 development approval on the Boca Teeca/Ocean Breeze golf course. The P&Z board will hear this extension application on 3/5 at their next meeting at 6:30pm as the Wells Fargo bank representative is seeking an 18 month extension of the 4/12/15 deadline. The original city council approval occurred on 12/11/07 which provided for rezoning and a land use change on former recreational property that would allow 211 townhouses to be constructed on a portion of the South 9-holes of the golf course.
Traffic on a portion of the NW 2nd Ave. has been rated as a failing roadway for several years and now the northern section of NW 2nd Ave. is also approaching a failing status. Much of the traffic on NW 2nd Ave. is from traffic cutting through the Boca Teeca community going to/from western homes and offices, so the additional traffic from these 211 townhomes would appear to be the straw that brakes the camel's back, that is, traffic during peak morning and evening periods could become virtually gridlocked.
Furthermore, the current traffic studies do not even consider the impact from the over 30 additional trains per day that are forecast to travel along the eastcoast railroad tracks under the proposal for All Aboard Florida. These additional trains would be expected to block the traffic at the Yamato Rd./NW 2nd Ave. intersection and further exacerbate the traffic congestion on the southern end of NW 2nd Ave. in the Boca Teeca community.
Traffic was the #1 concern expressed by Boca Teeca residents with the representatives of the original developer, MCZ Centrum, proposed changing the zoning and land use to facilitate this development proposal. Developer representatives gave presentations in 2006 & 2007 proposing a "forced left turned" onto westbound Jeffrey St./Clint Moore Rd. in order to convince Boca Teeca residents that no more traffic would be added to NW 2nd Ave. as a result of their development. Of course this far-fetched proposal never made it to the 2007 P&Z or city council meetings, but their traffic study did classify NW 2nd Ave. as a 3-lane road in their effort to justify the additional traffic from this development.
What are the opinions of Boca Raton & Boca Teeca residents on the current traffic in the Boca Teeca area? Should more traffic be approved for this currently congested area? Is traffic congestion a risk to the public health and safety as a result of the delayed response times to residents in the Boca Teeca & Hidden Valley area?/emergency vehicles could be delayed when responding to health related emergencies in these areas