The Downtown Working Group consists of a small group of stakeholders and Planning and Economic Development Commissioners tasked with assisting staff on two major current planning projects: the Zoning Code Update (Commercial Zones Chapter) and the Main Street Project. The Zoning Code Update and Main Street Project are both grant funded efforts (Strategic Growth Council grant and Caltrans Community-Based Transportation Planning grant).
All meetings of the working group are public meetings.
Madeleine "Mickey" Brown
Working Group Purpose and Objectives
The Working Group developed the following Purpose and Objectives at their first meeting on December 20, 2012:
"Develop recommendations for commercial zoning, land use, transportation and physical development standards and programs that can successfully implement the accepted concept for the Dowtown Core and adjacent commercial areas."
- Use existing accepted plans and policies as the starting point - we're not going backwards or reinventing the wheel.
- Define agreed-upon building block assumptions, evaluation method and tools to test feasibility of draft concepts based on real world conditions - physical and financial.
- Respect and acknowledge relationship to General Plan vision and policies (PAOT, buildout, and project impact evaluation)
- Use this analysis and findings to update and adopt commercial zoning, design and development standards, and develop effective implementation tools through the Zoning Code Update and Main Street Implementation Plan.