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Downtown Plan: Public Meeting Saturday

A public workshop will be held this Saturday for South San Franciscans to discuss what they would like to see in the new downtown area plan.

This Saturday, the city of South San Francisco will hold a second public meeting to gather input from local residents about the long-term plan for the downtown area.

The plan, currently a work in progress, takes a comprehensive look at traffic issues, zoning, land use, aesthetics and character of downtown. The final product is expected to be adopted in the fall of 2013 and to serve as an overarching guide for future development and infrastructural changes in years to come.

At a public meeting in September that drew a crowd of about 50, local residents expressed a particular concern for preserving the unique character of Grand Ave. Principal Planner Gerry Beaudin said there will be a response to that concern in the city's presentation this Saturday.

Beaudin hopes that discussions with residents will shed light on how the city should approach development density, building height standards and zoning uses, such as whether to add residential use to the area east of 101.

Planners hope to improve access to the downtown from Hwy 101, as well as access between the areas east and west of 101. The planning area spans generally from Spruce Ave. to Harbor Wy. east of 101, and from Gimbal's Candies on Hillsdale Blvd. in the north to Colma Creek, south of downtown.

After Saturday's workshop, city staff will spend about 6 months in the Environmental Review Process before coming back to the community for further input. 

In addition to attending the meeting this Saturday, South City residents can give input by taking an online survey here, in English or Spanish, to rate their favorite neighborhoods, rank the importance of items such as additional parking, street lighting and bike lanes.

The upcoming meeting will be held this Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10am to noon at the Magnolia Center at 601 Grand Ave.

The plan is funded by a Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) grant awarded in 2011 for $600,000, as well as $150,000 from the former South San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

For more information on related plans and research documents, click here.

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