ACTION ALERT REMINDER: March 17 Meeting on Downtown Plan

Hi Everyone,

This is a reminder to please attend a very important meeting on the Downtown Plan, which is being held tomorrow/Thursday, March 17 at 5:00 pm at City Hall.
The following are the details:
Public Study Session (on the Downtown Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report)

Thursday, March 17, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. – Planning Commission meeting
City Council Chamber, City Hall
333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
FREE Parking at City Hall parking structure off of Broadway.  Bike racks are also available in front of City Hall entrance.

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.

Please forward this email and encourage your fellow downtown residents to attend. More information is below.

Because other groups will be wearing green, we want to differentiate ourselves, so please wear a white shirt to show our unity!

Hope to see you on tomorrow/Thursday!
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

DRC Goals:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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

e-mail dtcommunityplan@longbeach.gov;

Fax         (562) 570-6068

Website   www.lbds.info/planning/advance_planning/downtown_community_plan/

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
Michael Vanderbeek
Eric Carr
Loara Cadavona

Eric Gray
Kerry Gerot

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