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Archived News Release from 2004

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Joint Study Session Scheduled on “Retaining Neighborhood Character in Redwood City”

Redwood City, CA - November 22 , 2004 - Throughout Redwood City, our established neighborhoods enjoy a wonderfu l variety in their distinct home types, design styles, and the resulting overall “character” of the area. From early Craftsman to typical Victorian to contemporary and more, the different character elements that define our neighborhoods are important to the identity of our community. As new homes are built, or older ones remodeled or expanded, it is often a formidable task to retain that neighborhood’s character.

In response to that issue, and to members of the public who have expressed concerns with retaining neighborhood character, a joint study session has been scheduled to discuss what constitutes a neighborhood’s character, how these diverse character elements evolved in Redwood City’s neighborhoods, and what might be the most effective ways of helping to retain the neighborhoods’ characters.

This will be a joint study session of the Planning Commission, the Architectural Review Committee, and the Historic Resources Advisory Committee, taking place at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 in the council chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

No decisions will be made at this informational study session; it’s an opportunity to learn about Redwood City’s identified “character areas,” to gain an overview of our community’s architectural styles and periods of growth, and to engage in a discussion to identify the most desirable features for retaining neighborhood character. This is only the beginning of the process of identifying ways to protect the established characters of our neighborhoods, and there will be a number of public input meetings to ensure the widest degree of community involvement and discussion.

There will also be discussion of the tools that may be available to encourage consistency of new “infill” development or remodels with a neighborhood’s character elements. Such tools may range from simple guidelines that offer design elements reflecting consistency with the neighborhood character, to regulations requiring certain design elements. The final scope and parameters of such tools will be crafted by the Planning Commission and ultimately decided upon by the City Council following public participation in the process, starting with this study session.

The public is invited to attend and comment on this first phase of retaining neighborhood character. To help focus on the design elements that contribute to a neighborhood’s character, a short questionnaire is available that the public is encouraged to fill out and submit. Its purpose is to highlight what’s important in a neighborhood’s character and get people to think about how such elements might best be addressed and preserved - there are no wrong answers! The questionnaire is anonymous and is only intended to foster discussion of these issues.

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Charles Jany
Redwood City Community Development
(650) 780 –7239

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