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  • irvin dawid
    fyi... ... From: Kim Strickland To: kim@transcoalition.org Subject: Smart Growth Workshops Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 15:37:09 -0700 HELP
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      From: Kim Strickland <kim@...>
      To: kim@...
      Subject: Smart Growth Workshops
      Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 15:37:09 -0700


      Yesterday morning ABAG unveiled the next step in the Regional Smart Growth
      for Livability Project. After the first round of workshops last fall they
      have distilled public comments into three alternatives for growth in the Bay
      Area. They are now hosting workshops in all Bay Area Counties to let County
      residents pick the alternative that they prefer.

      Santa Clara County Public Workshop (free of charge)
      Saturday, May 4, 2002, 8:30am - 2:45 pm (breakfast and lunch will be
      Mountain View Community Center, 201 South Rengstorff Ave.

      San Mateo County Public Workshop (free of charge)
      Saturday, May 11, 2002, 8:30am - 2:45 pm (breakfast and lunch will be
      San Mateo County Expo Center, 2495 South Delaware, San Mateo (between El
      Camino Real and US 101)

      The three alternatives are:
      *Central Core and Existing Transit Network Focus. Locates most new growth in
      each county's largest city or cities and emphasizes development in the
      region's central cities (San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose). Also locates
      growth around existing public transit stations.

      *Transit Oriented Neighborhoods and Corridors. Locates most growth in the
      same locations as Alternative 1, but at lower densities. Spreads growth to
      additional transit-rich and walkable communities and corridors along an
      expanded public transit network.

      *Core to Edge Development. Locates growth in same locations as Alternatives
      1 and 2, but at still lower densities. Spreads job and housing growth to
      edge communities, but at higher densities than currently exists or is
      planned. Locates new housing in employment centers and new employment in
      residential areas on the region's fringes.

      The first two alternatives would save as much as 80,000 acres of Bay Area
      open space and avert development on another 45,000 acres of Central Valley
      farmland, the study found. Further, transit use and walking would jump as
      much as 70 percent as more
      people find themselves able to shop and work near where they live.

      It is important that we mobilize our constituents to attend these workshops.
      Proponents of sprawl and continuing growth at the edge and into the
      greenbelt are already mobilizing people to attend the workshops. These
      workshops present a real opportunity for us to let decision makers know that
      there is public support for many of the things that we work to achieve
      whether it is protecting open space, investing in public transit, building
      affordable housing or creating communities that are safe and comfortable for
      pedestrians and bicyclists. In addition the pattern of development that
      comes out of the workshops can influence how transportation funding is
      allocated and how future growth patterns are predicted.

      Please help us spread the word and get people enrolled in the workshops.
      Attached is a flyer and a calendar announcement if you need any other
      outreach materials, or materials in Spanish please let me know.


      Kim Strickland
      South Bay Coordinator
      Bay Area Transportation & Land Use Coalition
      ph. (408) 984-2285; fax (408) 983-1001
      kim@... www.transcoalition.org
      1922 The Alameda, #213
      San Jose, CA 95126

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