Santa Rosa Storymap and next steps

sonoma_county_heat_map.pngWe are happy to announce that the story map of the Santa Rosa study has been released. The story map summarizes in text and graphics the economic productivity of Santa Rosa neighborhoods revealing the financial benefits of traditional downtown development. Urban 3’s tax value per acre analysis helped the Santa Rosa City Council, and the community, understand the source of the City’s economic potency, and the value of utilizing our significant existing infrastructure investment, rather than expanding our long-term liabilities, by growing beyond our current infrastructure limits. 

Our next goal is to take the methodology that Joe presented and look at case studies around the county with a focus on the SMART station neighborhoods. This is a great opportunity to understand how the message of productive growth can be applied to these transit oriented neighborhoods. We need to make sure these develop as socially equitable and economically resilient mixed-use neighborhoods that will provide train riders with opportunities for housing, entertainment, education, retail and commercial activities near the train stations, at the same time protecting the open space we all treasure from pressures of outward expansion. We will also be looking at case studies in those cities without train stations as this message of productive growth has applicability in all our communities. 

We plan on bringing Joe and Chuck back to Sonoma County for round 2 in late September. In order to do so we need to raise $100,000 between now and then to bring them back and support our work. We will be reaching out to jurisdictions, professionals in the development and construction industry, environmental organizations and individuals.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those of you that already made donations to Urban Community Partnership. We are a 501(c)3 organization and your donations are tax-deductible. If you would like to contribute, please go to our donate page

And finally, we are looking to expand our team. If you are interested in participating more directly with out work and helping out as a volunteer please visit our volunteer page.

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