Final Round of Community Workshops-“Transit Corridor Plan”

Dear Community Member:Thank you for your interest in 

Sustainable Santa Cruz County 

(formerly known as the “Transit Corridor Plan”), the County’s long-range planning process looking at sustainability, land use and transportation. The project team has been working quietly over the past year, and as we prepare for the final round of Community Workshops we wanted to get back in touch with the community members that have been following our progress. The next Community Workshop will be repeated five times: 


• June 2, 7:00 PM, Main Street Elementary


3400 N. Main Street, Soquel



• June 3, 7:00 PM, Live Oak Elementary


1916 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz



• June 7, 10:00 AM, Live Oak Grange


[masked]th Avenue, Santa Cruz



• June 9, 7:00 PM, Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary


8005 Winkle Avenue, Santa Cruz



• June 10, 7:00 PM, St. John’s Episcopal Church


125 Canterbury Drive, Aptos



We hope you will attend one of the workshops, more information on the content follows. Feel free to help us publicize the workshops by forwarding the schedule to neighbors, friends, and email lists of neighborhood, environmental, business or other organizations you are involved in.



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Project Update



New Title

for the Plan


The new name for the plan more accurately reflects what the plan has become over the course of the public process of the past two years.



Sustainable Santa Cruz County:  Neighborhoods • Economy • Environment”



We hope this better conveys the broad consideration of sustainability, transportation, and land use in the urban area, and ultimately throughout the County. The updated website for 

SSCC

 is now  

www.sustainablesantacruzcounty.org

. (Links to the old address will redirect to the new site.)



Recap and Status


In May of 2013 the County hosted three community meetings for the public to discuss land use and transportation concepts for five specific neighborhoods within the Plan area. The meetings were lively and diverse opinions were shared and documented about each neighborhood (also known as “focus areas”.)  Ideas receiving broad support included:


 improving street connectivity for all modes of transportation, economic development to support well-paying jobs, andcreating attractive public spaces. 


Meeting materials, including a summary of public input can be found under the ‘Workshops and Meetings’ tab on the website.



In the spring of 2013 a series of two community meetings was dedicated to the future of the East Cliff Village shopping center. The owners of the property and SSCC consultants were on hand to discuss information and ideas about land use on that important property. Meeting materials and a summary of public input can be found under the ‘Workshops and Meetings’ tab on the website.



Workshops Will Address New Land Use, Circulation, and Design Tools


Since the community meetings the County and consultant team have been extending their work and incorporating community feedback, as well as input from the County Planning Commission, property owners, and the SSCC citizen Advisory Group into a draft Plan. The draft Plan will present ideas for future land use, urban design, and transportation/circulation improvements. Some of these will be recommended as additions to the County’s current General Plan and zoning ordinance.  We think of these additions as “new tools” for land use, design and circulation.  



At this time the new tools that may be proposed in the draft Plan are ready for broad public feedback and comment. The Plan addresses the entire unincorporated County with special focus on the Plan Area inside the Urban Services Line. After these workshops, a proposed draft Sustainable Santa Cruz County plan will be prepared, which will include proposed land use maps, design guidelines, new proposed and amended General Plan Land Use Designations, and lists and maps of proposed transportation and circulation improvements. Your feedback on these tools will help us finalize these components of the SSCC plan.



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Thank you

 for your continued interest in this long community planning process. We are working to ensure the SSCC plan will meet both the goals of our grant, including strategies that will lead to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, increase in available housing choices, improved transportation options, and  improved access to high-quality jobs, and strong urban design that supports a livable community. The SSCC will address the diverse needs and desires of community members and existing neighborhoods. Your participation and voice are valued and appreciated. We hope you will spread the word about the upcoming workshops to your neighbors, friends, and co-workers.



Sincerely,



Kathy Previsich, Planning Director


and the Sustainable Santa Cruz County Team 

www.sustainablesantacruzcounty.org

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