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Greenway Planning Workshop August 6
The Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway Campaign is pleased to announce the City of Santa Rosa’s first public planning workshop for the Southeast Greenway property. This is an important opportunity for neighbors and all community members interested in the Greenway to have a say in the future of this property.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
10:00 am – Noon
Montgomery High School Student Union
1250 Hahman Drive, Santa Rosa
Childcare will be provided!
PlaceWorks, the City’s planning consultant, will present the workshop goals and background information on the Greenway. They will invite community members to:
- Suggest ideas for how the land should be used
- Discuss guiding principles that can shape the development of the Greenway
We hope that you will be able to attend!
PlaceWorks, Inc. Selected for Greenway Planning
The City of Santa Rosa, with help from the Greenway Community Partners, has selected PlaceWorks, Inc. of Berkeley, California, to spearhead a year-long community planning process for the Greenway property. This project will include a General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and an Environmental Impact Report. This process will offer many opportunities for community input during the summer and fall. The consultants will conduct focus groups, surveys, interviews and community workshops so that neighbors and all interested residents can have an opportunity to share their vision of how this land should be used.
City staff members worked diligently this spring to develop a scope of services and contract. The contract was approved by the Santa Rosa City Council at their meeting on Tuesday, June 14th. The consultants are kicking off their community work with small group meetings and a community workshop this summer. We will share information and dates about upcoming activities in the coming year.
Standing Room Crowd for The Time is Now!
Over 275 community members attended the SE Greenway’s Feb. 20 event at Montgomery High. David Koehler, Sonoma Land Trust’s new Executive Director, delivered the keynote address, sharing ideas and community benefits from greenways around the country. Dave worked on the 23-mile San Joaquin River Parkway, a project with many complexities, for several years. He is thrilled that the Southeast Greenway project has a strong community partnership committed to moving it forward.
Erin Morris of the City’s Planning & Economic Development Department presented highlights from her report on Existing Conditions, Opportunities and Constraints – a fascinating portrait of the Greenway property. Chuck Regalia, Assistant City Manager, followed with a road map of the year ahead, emphasizing the importance of community input to determine the best uses for the land.
Members of the Greenway Partnership described their participation, highlighting future opportunities for recreational activities, access to open space, stewardship, and infrastructure improvements on the Greenway.
Students in the Sustainability Program at Montgomery High exhibited their class project – ideas for the Greenway. Several of the Vikings volunteered and were a big help. The Campaign would like to thank Montgomery High for hosting, all of the volunteers who helped with the event and everyone who attended. Stay tuned for updates on the City’s Planning Process and opportunities for involvement!