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Downtown Precise Plan Community Engagement

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Santa Clara Context Map_low rez_CropDowntown Community Task Force (DCTF)

The Downtown Community Task Force (DCTF) was approved by the City Council at their meeting on December 4, 2018. The members of the DCTF include representation from a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives including the Old Quad Residents Association, Reclaiming Our Downtown, Santa Clara University, and the Historical and Cultural Commissions. The DCTF is advisory, non-voting and will meet over the course of the Downtown Precise Plan planning process to provide input on the vision, land use, circulation, and urban design aspects of the Plan, as well as key policy issues. 

While participation in the DCTF meetings will be limited to appointees, the meetings will be public and members of the community will have an opportunity to provide input at the meetings.

DCTF Meeting #1

The first DCTF meeting occurred on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Santa Clara City Hall in the Council Chambers (1500 Warburton Avenue). The purpose of this meeting was to allow the DCTF to review and comment on the draft scope of work for the consultant Request for Qualifications (RFQ).

DCTF Meeting #2 

The second DCTF meeting occurred on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Santa Clara City Hall in the Council Chambers (1500 Warburton Avenue). The purpose of the meeting was to review topics/items of discussion for future Task Force meetings and update on the Precise Plan consultant selection process and work scope.

DCTF Meeting #3

The third DCTF meeting occurred on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Santa Clara City Hall Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting was to review outcomes of the community outreach previously conducted on the Downtown. In 2015 and 2017 a series of meetings were held with the community to discuss and seek input from them on their vision for downtown development.

DCTF Meeting #4

The fourth DCTF meeting occurred on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Santa Clara City Hall Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting was for the DCTF to meet the consultant team and discuss the project outlook.

 DCTF Meeting #5

The fifth meeting occurred on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the Santa Clara City Hall Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting was to review existing conditions, opportunities and constraints, community input thus far, and to present an initial land use framework for discussion.  

DCTF Meeting #6

The sixth meeting occurred on Tuesday, March 9, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the Santa Clara City Hall Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information followed by a discussion on development density and market realities; parking ratios and access strategies; form based codes; making downtown attractive to developer, and how all of these topics start to shape options for the land use framework for Downtown.


Community Workshops

Downtown Retail 101 Community Workshop (January 16)

The first community meeting as a part of the Downtown Precise Plan planning process occurred on January 16, 2020 at the Senior Center. The community workshop focused on the retail in our downtown area. At this workshop we discussed how retailers determine if a new store is warranted, how data is collected and analyzed, how real estate is evaluated, and how internal decision processes work. Participant takeaways included an understanding of retailer processes and how to communicate a property’s compelling attributes to a potential retail tenant.


Meeting in a Box 

As a part our public outreach strategy, the Downtown Precise Plan consultant has designed what they call a Meeting in a Box. This is a package of engagement tools for individual community members or groups to use to conduct outreach and engagement meetings on their own. Meeting in a Box #1 will ask the following of participants: What’s there today that can be an asset for the future? Where do you see opportunities for change? Below is the instruction and more information, including two versions of the 10-block map of the Downtown area. This activity ended on January 16, and a summary was shared at the DCTF meeting on February 3, 2020.


Winter Break To-Do List 

The consultant has put together for you a To-Do List of movies to watch, books to read and places to explore. Chose one or multiple and provide your feedback. The information is in a google form at the following link: Winter Break To-Do List.

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