Mayor Scott Singer was the only council member to vote no on the single biggest upzoning in our city’s history. He said no to any residential units in “Midtown” without further planning and public outreach. Singer stopped a plan to add 2,000 more residential units when another council member wanted to accede to a developer’s request. With just these votes, Scott’s stood against an additional 4,500 units and 500,000 sq. ft. of commercial property in areas – more than what has been approved in total in the last few years.
Scott has also worked to achieve better designed buildings by raising expectations for development. His calls for more meaningful open space were instrumental in changing a 13-year policy that now require more open space for downtown projects. Applicants have responded, with recent approvals providing millions of dollars in offsite roadway improvements and dedicated public space.
He has also opposed proposals to expand the areas in Downtown Boca where taller buildings would be allowed, and voted for height limits in residential areas along the barrier island. Scott also stood alone on the city council in opposing rezoning the Wildflower site as commercial, and partnered with residents on the plan in place for an urban green space to be a focal point for downtown.
Representative Votes To Protect Character of Boca
- Opposed commercial rezoning of city-owned Wildflower property; held Waterfront Visioning Session with residents to develop plan for recreational, green space and pedestrian promenade that is being implemented in new Wildflower Park (July 2016, Ord. 5353)
- Preserved character of barrier island by implementing height limits near single-family residences (March 2017, Ord. 5384)
- First council member to call for more meaningful open space downtown and led vote to increase open space requirements (Dec. 2015)
- Consistently voted against downtown projects that lacked enough parking (2014, 2015, 2018)
- Only council member to vote against variance to allow 4-boat “mini-marina” at home on Intracoastal (Feb. 2018)
- Multiple voter to increase parks and green space and waterfront space (2015, 2016, 2017)
- Changed law to take campaign and other signs of medians and public green space (2014)