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Overview of the September SAC meeting and next steps

The N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) met last Thursday evening, September 29. The meeting was focused on the City's district planning effort and was largely devoted to presentation of a draft proposed Quadrant Concept. The draft proposed concept was developed following extensive outreach over the summer that involved a public open house, online survey and individual meetings with community groups and area stakeholders. View the Concept Alternatives Outreach Summary for an overview of outreach activities, a summary of feedback received, and a detailed report of survey results. See the full meeting packet for the September 29 SAC meeting to view the draft proposed concept and meeting powerpoint presentation.

Staff described the proposed concept as a "70% draft", noting a number of issues where additional SAC discussion and direction were needed. SAC discussion focused on the following topics:

  • Housing emphasis areas
  • Status of industrial areas
  • Street hierarchy
  • Open space and tree canopy
  • Building heights on Broadway

Next steps will include staff making refinements to the draft proposed concept to address issues raised by the SAC and evaluating the concept against the project goals and objectives, which were approved at the September 29 meeting. This work will be presented at the November 17 SAC meeting.

Upcoming meetings in October will focus on the I-5 Freeway Interchange component of the project. At the October 12 Subcommittee meeting and October 27 SAC meeting, staff will report on analysis done over the summer and will seek preliminary direction from the committee on a recommended freeway improvement concept. See the calendar for meeting details.