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Orinda will hold workshops on downtown plan

By Jonathan Morales
Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 5:20 pm in Orinda.

Orinda residents’ demands to have more input on the proposed downtown plan seem to have been heard at City Hall. The city announced today that  it will hold a series of workshops on the topic this fall.

The dates of the workshops have not yet been set and will be announced once they are determined.

The workshops will be designed to allow for greater participation by residents and more in-depth discussion of the proposals, city officials said.

“After careful consideration and based on the recent public Planning Commission meetings, the process that the city is currently going through to review the (Planning Process Review Task Force) Report recommendations for downtown is not resonating with the community,” City Manager Janet Keeter said in a statement.

The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for July 27 has been canceled to give the city time to prepare for the workshops, according to the city.

The commission has been devoting its second meeting every month exclusively to the recommendations, the most controversial of which is a proposal to increase the height limit in some parts of the downtown to 55 feet (while at the same time lowering the height limit at streetfront from 35 to 27 feet).

Residents have packed the meetings, many opposed to the changes and demanding workshops and even a voter referendum on the proposal.

You can read more about the recommendations on the city website here.

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