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Snider Plaza - Virtual Meetings

May 7, 2020

Concept Plan Presentations 
 
Over the last few months, City staff has worked closely with its design team to finalize exhibits that lay out proposed improvements in Snider Plaza. Due to the realities of social distancing, and in an effort to limit further delay, the City has turned to a virtual format to gain resident feedback. An online community meeting took place on Thursday, May 7 at 4 p.m. Video of the meeting can be found below. 

Following the May 7 community meeting, the design team will incorporate the input gained to date. After that, the concept plan will head back to the City Council for additional review and consideration. Below is the full schedule of meetings, including those that have already taken place. 

Meeting Schedule

The first meeting in the series involved a first iteration of a concept design that was presented to the City Council during a work session on Tuesday, April 14. This design is the culmination of prior studies, and no action was taken during the work session.

Stakeholder virtual meetings followed on Wednesday, April 22. Multiple meeting times were offered in an effort to keep sessions small and interactive. The same PowerPoint presentation was used in all three sessions.  Each session was recorded and can be viewed by clicking on the corresponding line item below. 
 
View or download concept plan presentation
View or download Council presentation

Background information

Parking, infrastructure, landscaping and other desired improvements to Snider Plaza have been the focus of multiple City Councils for many years. In 2018, the City engaged Paris Rutherford of the Catalyst Group to facilitate a series of public meetings to identify such improvements and make follow-up recommendations to the City.  Additional information about that effort can be found here.

Acting on these recommendations, the City engaged Pacheco Koch civil engineers to design needed water and sewer replacement that is slated to begin later this year.  The City has also re-engaged the Catalyst Group to facilitate the detailed design of related landscape and other amenity improvements working with Space Between Landscape Studio.  This design includes parking management implementation strategies and will involve the identification of potential funding strategies associated with levels of improvements involving: restoration, enhancement, amenities and programming options ("REAP") for the area.  City Staff organized these options into a formal strategy that was presented to City Council in an open work session in January 2020.  The REAP Strategy provides key decision points and a roadmap for implementing these potential improvements.

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