Downtown is our home and for some of us it is also our livelihood. If we do not take care of it and actively work to ensure that it grows and blossoms into what we all want and know it can become, no one will. The Downtown Plan affects each and every one of our daily lives directly and we all have as big (or bigger) a stake in the future of Downtown as anyone, so it is vital that we make our voices heard and make a good showing on March 17 at the Study Session.
For those of you who were able to attend Monday night’s meeting on the Downtown Plan, THANK YOU. Your input and participation are vital to moving Downtown forward. For those of you who were not able to participate, don’t worry: a number of other opportunities to help shape our Downtown’s future are coming your way.
As a reminder, here is the timeline for the Downtown Plan:
March 17 @ 5:00pm – Council Chambers
Planning Commission Study Session on the Downtown Plan
- To have a large number of residents turn out to support the Downtown Plan – we are targeting at least 10 residents from each of the six Downtown neighborhood associations (WCHA, WECA, NPNA, EVA, PARA, ORCA).
- To show unity and voice our passion for the Plan and for Downtown – please wear a white shirt and show up as early as possible to get a DRC nametag.
- For those who wish to address the Planning Commission, please see the following tips:
– Be passionate, but also postive; thank the Commission for the opportunity to speak and make them feel good about referring
the Downtown Plan to the Council for approval
– Be compelling, but be clear and concise; our goal is to show support and unity, not to argue or criticize
– Keep your message simple and to the point; use the following template for your comments…
“My name is _________________. I live in the ________________ neighborhood association and have lived in Downtown for
____ years. I support the Downtown Plan because _________________.
– Be genuine with your comments, but understand your audience; detailed comments – including specific suggestions for
improvements to the Plan – will be most effective if submitted in writing to City staff, not verbally to the Commission
April 4 @ 4:30pm
Deadline to submit written comments to City staff on the Downtown Plan and Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) – send all comments to:
Steve Gerhardt, AICP, Long Beach Development Services
Fax (562) 570-6068
June/July 2011 (date/time TBD)
City Council Meeting to vote on the Downtown Plan
Thanks again for your energy and passion for Downtown Long Beach. We’ll see you on March 17 @ 5:00pm at Council Chambers in City Hall.
DRC Executive Committee