Fwd: Smart Growth Workshops
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From: Kim Strickland <kim@...>
Subject: Smart Growth Workshops
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 15:37:09 -0700
HELP GET THE WORD OUT!
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.
South Bay Coordinator
Bay Area Transportation & Land Use Coalition
ph. (408) 984-2285; fax (408) 983-1001
1922 The Alameda, #213
San Jose, CA 95126
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