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Archived News Release from 2010

For Immediate Release

Community Invited to Learn About, Comment on New Draft Downtown Precise Plan

Redwood City, CA - February 23, 2010 - The City Council and the Planning Commission invite the community to two meetings to learn about and provide input on the City’s new draft Downtown Precise Plan. The Downtown Precise Plan is the blueprint for the long-term view of what our Downtown will be, and these meetings are an opportunity for community members to help shape the Downtown’s future land use, urban design, and development. The community is urged to join the process, and do their part in creating a unique and vibrant Downtown for today and the future.

There are two upcoming meetings on the Downtown Precise Plan and its required Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which describes the environmental impacts associated with the project:

  • The first is a City Council meeting on Monday March 22, 2010, 7 pm, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. The purpose of this meeting will be for City staff to provide an update on the Downtown Precise Plan and answer any questions that the City Council may have.

  • The second meeting will be an EIR scoping session convened by the Planning Commission, on Tuesday, March 30, 7 pm, also in the Council Chambers at City Hall. This meeting’s focus will be to provide public agencies and the community with an opportunity to offer input regarding what environmental effects should be evaluated in the EIR for the New Downtown Precise Plan. The EIR needs to be prepared before any decisions can be made on the New Downtown Precise Plan.

As part of this process, the City has prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the EIR on the New Downtown Precise Plan. The NOP describes the proposed project and the environmental review process, and identifies potential environmental effects that will be evaluated in the EIR. The NOP is available on the City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org/preciseplan, and copies are also available from the Redwood City Department of Planning, Housing, and Economic Development, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063. Written comments on the NOP can be made during the formal comment period, from March 1 to April 15, 2010.

A previous Downtown Precise Plan was prepared and approved by the City in 2007. However, a lawsuit was filed by a downtown property owner claiming that the Plan’s EIR did not adequately address certain issues (future taller buildings casting shadows on other properties; the protection of historic structures). In 2009 the Court agreed, finding several aspects of the EIR to be legally inadequate. In the best interest of the community, rather than engage in further lengthy and expensive litigation, the City Council set aside the Plan and its EIR. The City is now drafting a New Downtown Precise Plan that addresses the Court’s concerns, and will also prepare an accompanying new EIR. That Draft Plan is nearly complete, and will be on the City’s website on March 12 as it proceeds through the environmental documentation process.

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Contact:
Dan Zack or Tom Passanisi
City of Redwood City
(650) 780–7234                           

 
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