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A smart step forward1

  1. 1. A SMART Step Forward:A panel discussion on building vibrant neighborhoods in Sonoma Thursday May 17, 2012 Steele Lane Community Center
  2. 2. Panel Participants:Karen Chapple, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at UCBerkeley and faculty director of the Center for Community InnovationAnn Cheng, Director of GreenTRIP at TransFormAnthony Taylor, a Health Program Manager for the Sonoma CountyDepartment of Health ServicesLois Fisher, President and urban designer at Fisher Town Design
  3. 3. The Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit Line (SMART) will start service in 2014.The City received funding from MTC tocreate a vision for the neighborhoodssurrounding the two SMART stations. 5/21/2012
  4. 4. The City already completed the process for the Downtown Station located in Railroad Square.5/21/2012
  5. 5. Now the City is beginning to plan for the North Santa Rosa station. .5/21/2012
  6. 6. Affordable Housing, Past and Future80%70%60%50%40% Santa Rosa30% SF Bay Area20%10% 0% Change in Affordable 2010 Existing 2010-40 Affordable-10% Housing 2000-2010 Affordable Housing Housing Need-20%
  7. 7. Change inHousingPrices, 1 989- 2009
  8. 8. “Improving the social and physicalenvironments in neighborhoods can beone of the most important contributionsto improving the health of populations.” Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
  9. 9. Public Health Potential of Smart Growth Safe & Healthy Communities Consulting, 2003
  10. 10. 2.2 Parking Spaces per Unit vs. 0.9 Change 2.2 0.9Acres None 8 8Units +200 801 1,001Parking Spaces -899 1,800 901Parking Cost -$16.6 m $33.3 m $16.7mTraffic Reduction +$6 m 1 free pass &Strategies 1 free carshare membership per unit
  11. 11. Results – First fivecertified projects:40 year commitment 2,010: FREE Transit Passes 600: FREE Carshare Memberships 355: 100% Unbundled Parking Spaces
  12. 12. Site Analysis for NSR SMART Station Options:
  13. 13. Population density comparison of North Santa Rosa vs. Coddingtown Station
  14. 14. Well Connected Street Network is key Transit Stop Transit Stop
  15. 15. Coddingtown Station Community Based Master plan influenced Specific Plan
  16. 16. Transforming Coddingtown Plaza into a “transit district”
  17. 17. Transforming Coddingtown Plaza into a “transit district”
  18. 18. Post Redevelopment Case Study: Roseland PlazaLand Acquisition:Re-zoning MAY be a tool if combined with•Walkable code•Up-zoning•IncentivesOne case of eminent domain by non-profit – Dudley Streetneighborhood, BostonIncentives:Pre-approved CEQA reviewAdditional units or height for desired outcomes (affordablehousing, grocery stores, civic space, etc.)Reduced parking requirementsPriority in Development Review
  19. 19. Roseland Plaza stays as a redevelopment project: • County removes toxics. • While toxics are being cleaned up, County has a community planning process (paid for by public health grant, run through local non profit) to clarify community desire (beyond the Urban Vision Plan) for site prior to sale to clarify conditions of sale. • County tries to find a developer partner without having any financial incentives to sweeten the pot. • Developer works with community to come up with a plan that fits the Urban Vision Plan and more detailed community planning process. • Developer finds grants/financing to build project.
  20. 20. Property is required to be sold by State: • County removes toxics • County creates conditions of sale to go with property (through a community planning process (paid for by public health grant, run through LandPaths or CAP) to clarify community desire (1 acre square, streets, minimum percent of affordable housing, etc.) • Local Roseland community non-profit joint venture could be formed to purchase site, this entity does a planning & entitlement process and finds grants to build project: streets and parking laid out, plaza installed by community volunteers and grants site is subdivided into smaller parcels and finally, developers purchase these smaller sites that come with clear expectations, guidelines, build-to lines, - OR – • Typical developer finds grants/financing to build project.
  21. 21. Thank You!

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