Saturday, September 24, 2016

You are invited! Special Civic Center Visioning Study Meeting - Sept. 28 @ 5:30pm

The Town of Windsor will present a special Town Council meeting on Wednesday, September 28th at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers to review the Civic Center Visioning Study. A component of the study will be an economic review by Urban 3, which is part of a larger effort up and down the SMART rail corridor. Read the press release by Urban Community Partnership for more information:


Urban Community Partnership is releasing new, focused downtown case studies at three public meetings on Sept. 26, 27 and 28

Santa Rosa, CA. New case studies of potential downtown building projects in Santa Rosa and Windsor will be released to the public next week to illustrate the fiscal and environmental benefits of city-centered development near transit.   

“We want to transform the way we build in our downtown cores to provide value to the community and housing for all in Sonoma County,” said Robin Stephani, Vice President of Pre-Construction for Wright Contracting. “We have reached a pivot point and need to re-invent our path of development to foster smart, healthy, and cost effective growth for the next generation.”

Urban Community Partnership will host three public meetings during the last week of September to present the local case studies to elected officials, city staff and the public.  
  • Monday, September 26, nationally recognized expert on resilient municipal finance Joe Minicozzi of Urban 3, from Asheville, North Carolina, will discuss alternative options for development of a prominent downtown Santa Rosa case study site. Socializing will begin at 5:30 at the Museum on the Square Building, 520 3rd Street, Santa Rosa on the second floor. The presentation will begin at6:00.
  • Tuesday, September 27, Minicozzi will highlight the essentials of financially resilient development at a public presentation at the Petaluma Woman’s Club,518 B Street, Petaluma at 5:45.
  • Wednesday, September 28, Minicozzi, Urban Community Partnership, and WRT will talk to a special meeting of the Windsor Town Council about the Windsor Civic Center. The meeting will start at 5:30 at the Windsor Town Hall.

“Our overall goal is to help create financially resilient communities which promote a better quality of life for a larger portion of our community while being environmentally responsible” said Stephani.

The initial pilot which focused on Santa Rosa was presented in January 2016 during a series of well attended meetings and workshops.  The case studies are focused on long term return on investment and will explore highest and best uses, along with moderate and low potency development options. UCP will also discuss how development choices and policies affect our sustainability targets, social equity, educational attainment, livability and health outcomes.

Urban Community Partnership (UCP) is a cross-disciplinary partnership that works with community members to create economically strong, environmentally healthy towns for all of us. We study the opportunities for development to contribute financially, socially, and environmentally to our future.  

Supporters of this effort are the Town of Windsor, City of Santa Rosa, SCTA & RCPA, Greenbelt Alliance, NorBAR, SE Greenway, Urban Chat Petaluma, Wright Contracting, Rick Theis, Cornerstone, ArchiLOGIX, Fritz Architecture-Urbanism, and other individuals who agree that appropriate development is an opportunity to make our towns stronger, healthier, and more sustainable for everyone.