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Help Guide the Future of Downtown Development

By Rich Alossi
Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at 11:01PM
Second street Ed Fuentes

Larger sidewalks and two rows of trees on Second Street.

Want a say in how Downtown will be developed over the next decade? Wednesday night is your last chance for input into this phase of the Central City Community Plan update, with a public meeting to be held at California Hospital Medical Center.

As we've explained previously, community plans are the documents intended to govern neighborhood development.

Though still early in the process, the Planning Department is seeking commentary on a range of development-related topics, including housing, urban form and transportation, jobs and industry, and sustainable design. The input given now will be worked into the next round of community meetings as the new Community Plan document takes shape.

Not surprisingly, one of the most contentious topics at the first meeting was parking and whether developers should be building more, less, or using shared neighborhood lots.

Also on the agenda are building heights; whether the community wants traffic calming measures; how buildings should meet the sidewalk; and how to encourage green space in Downtown.

  • Last date for this round of Community Plan update meetings: Wednesday, July 1, 5:30 - 7:30pm / Leavey Hall, Keck Auditorium / California Hospital Medical Center / 320 W. 15th Street.

Let us know what changes you want to see in Downtown's public and private development rules!


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