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Findings Report - W San Carlos and Bascom Corridors

The follow is a link to the "COMPLETE STREETS AUDIT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT West San Carlos Street and Bascom Avenue Corridors"

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 August 2012 21:27 )

 

Results of Transit Oriented Development Focus Group

Community Members;

Helen Chapman and I (Terri Balandra) were invited to participate in a TOD (Transit Oriented Development) research focus group, led by Karen Chapple (from UC Berkely ) at San Jose State, a couple of years ago. The end result, attached below, see the link for the 122 page: "California Infill Manual, Best Practices for Higher Density", by Troy Reinhalter. It is a California Sustainable TOD reference manual for Profit & Non-Profit Developers, Progressive Designers, and Architects.... & references issues in the San Jose Planning area, among others.

Low and behold, on the front cover is the photo I took of the view from my back porch, of the Fiesta Lanes Project, directly looming over my backyard...(obviously, a reference to "Bad TOD Planning")

Pages 42-44, (of the actual Manual page numbers), are particularly interesting.

This is quite good... I'm passing it along to our San Jose Planning Dept... Enjoy! Terri Balandra

http://issuu.com/treinhalter/docs/profreport/1

I will refer to the actual page number in the manual:

* Cover: The view from my back door

* pg 2: Cover photo credit: Terri Balandra, Fiesta Lanes Action Group

* pg 27: Why Design Matters...

* pg 32: Transition to Existing Forms: Respect Specifics of Local Context (A "Transition Zone"? Yay!)

* pg 34: A "Community Benefits Agreement"... (What a great concept!)

* pg 36: Explain how projects fit into the longterm planning context and when new infrastructure and promised transit will eventually materialize.

* pg 42: Failure to Situate the Development in Larger Context: There is an obvious disconnect... if we are selling the benefits of TOD based on frequent & connected transit - but that critical component is nowhere to be seen.

* pg 43: Going forward, future tools should surely address how implementation and other major elements will unfold for a particular project over a 3 or 5 year timeline.

* pg 43: There needs to be triggers for transit first - then TOD developments. "It's strictly the housing dept & the developer partner - the City helping them to finance the project, at the neighborhood's expense."

* pg 44: Given that many Planning Depts have become either wholly or partially fee-based, it's hards to see why citizens believe there may be a kernal of truth to this accusation.

* pg 44: A Backlash when it came to a disconnect between developer promises and on-the-ground reality.

*pg 44: Bottom of page: Fiesta Lanes Action Group: We were involved with our project for three years and "still got screwed." Community feels they are left out of the final stages of negotiation.

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 August 2011 16:34 )

2040 General Plan Draft Program Environmental Impact Report

The Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the Envision San José 2040 General Plan is available for public review and comment. The circulation period for the Draft PEIR is from June 17, 2011 to August 1, 2011.

The Draft PEIR, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), identifies the potential environmental impacts for the City's proposed comprehensive update of its General Plan. The City's General Plan is a long-term plan that describes the amount, type and phasing of development needed to achieve the City's social, economic, and environmental goals and is also the policy framework for decision making on both private development projects and City capital expenditures.

The Draft PEIR may be reviewed in the City's Environmental Impact Report Library. Printed copies are available for review at City Hall (Public Information Counter on the first floor) and at the main and branch libraries.

Draft Map (14 MB file)

The final two Envision Task Force meetings are scheduled for Monday, August 22, 2011 and Monday, September 12, 2011.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 July 2011 06:46 )

County Redistricting

The County redistricting seems to have drawn much less attention.  It is now a done-deal, having been unanimously adopted by the Board of Supervisors last week.

Here's a link to the webpage: Citizens Redistricting Commission

 And the maps:  Redistricting Maps

 The biggest change for SHPNA is the boundary between District 4 (Ken Yeager) and District 2 (George Shirakawa) has moved from Park Ave to the Alameda.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 June 2011 12:13 )

Results of the Strong Neighborhood Budget Workshop

Results of the Strong Neighborhood Budget Workshop

The following was sent to neighborhood leaders and has the link to the results of the strong neighborhood budget workshop.

News from Strong Neighborhood
www.strongneighborhoods.org                                                                      WednesdayMarch 23, 2011

eBlast - Neighborhood News & Resources

Dear Neighborhood Leader,

 

Thank you for attending Mayor Chuck Reed's 2011 Neighborhood Leaders and Youth Commission Budget Session. Over 100 community leaders representing neighborhood organizations, the Youth Commission, and the Neighborhoods Commission participated. During a game based exercise community leaders weighed programs and services against each other and made tough decisions on which to fund and which to eliminate. Through an additional discussion and voting exercise with the Mayor, leaders gave feedback on various potential cost savings measures that the City Council may consider as they work to close the budget shortfall.

  

Please follow the links below to learn more about the Priority Setting Session Results and Voting Exercise Results:

Thank you for your participation in this event and providing input during these challenging times.

 

 

Strong Neighborhoods 

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 March 2011 10:45 )

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