Posted on: April 12, 2017

Downtown Planning Update

ULIsf Orinda TAP Presentation 4.11.2017 Joint Council_Planning Commission Meeting

The Technical Assistance Panel  (TAP) toured Orinda, met with staff, interviewed stakeholders including the Downtown Subcommittee of the City Council and the Chair and Vice Chair of the Planning Commission, and brainstormed to address the four questions posed by the City in the TAP application to ULI. The TAP was comprised of the following ULI volunteers:
  • David Cropper, Director of Development, TMG
  • Jessica Von Borck, Assistant City Manager, City of Fremont
  • Jeff Gee, Councilmember, Redwood City
  • Geeti Silwal, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will
  • Craig Semmelmeyer, Principal, Main Street Property Services
  • David Shiver, Principal, Bay Area Economics
  • Megan Keith, Urban Planner, AECOM
The well-attended joint City Council/Planning Commission meeting included an hour presentation from ULI which can be found HERE. The presentation was followed by public comments, and then Councilmembers and Commissioners comments. The meeting was streamed live on the internet as well and can be replayed in its entirety by clicking here. ULI will complete its work with a written report that reflects the presentation and addresses the comments received from the Council and Commission. Based on standard ULI TAP timelines, that report will be completed sometime in July or August.

The National Main Street Center will make a presentation regarding its market research study and strategy recommendations to the Downtown Subcommittee at 6 pm on May 11 (location TBD). This will be followed by another visit from NMSC to present the final report to the City Council in late May or early June.

If you have any questions regarding downtown planning, please contact Drummond Buckley, Planning Director, at  dbuckley@cityoforinda.org.

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