The City’s Land Use Committee will hold a public meeting (NOT a public hearing) this Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, where the petitioner, Mark Development, will present conceptual plans for review. The public will be allowed to ask questions, gain an understanding of the project, and provide feedback to inform further development of the project.
Additional clarification from Land Use Committee Chair, Greg Schwartz:
The Riverside development project is upon us. In the next few weeks and months you will see advertised numerous meetings regarding this project. To forestall any confusion, here is a quick review of the three main endeavors for which these meetings are occurring:
- The first is the visioning process which began just last month after the city council and the mayor hired civic moxie to facilitate meetings between the planning department and members of the communities most affected by the project. Their mission is to identify the goals and benefits and options that everyone would like to see built on the parcel.
- The second group of meetings will likely begin in late April or early May. These will be part of the City Council’s formal process to review a special permit submitted by the developer for the Riverside project. This process is specific to the particular project proposed, and involves intense review by the planning department, their hired peer reviewers, city councilors, and the public. Those meetings will go on for months until a final vote is taken by the Council before the end of the year.
- However there is a third meeting type that is occurring this Thursday, March 14, at 7 pm in the Council chamber at City Hall. That meeting is outside the special permit process and outside the visioning process. It is a public meeting of the Council required under the MU3 zoning ordinance, and it’s purpose is to give the community and the developer an opportunity to discuss an overview of a potential project, and to provide community feedback before any particular special permit is filed.
Community involvement will be essential to the success of all three of these processes. Your involvement and participation is welcome and encouraged.