Partnership Redwood City is a unique program that provides community benefits through a wide range of City partnerships. Through ongoing collaboration with businesses, community groups, residents, property owners, and developers, this program will deliver benefits such as affordable housing, improved schools, parks, transportation systems, programs for the arts, and support for special programs and events. These partnerships ensure that all community members will benefit from new development and investment in Redwood City.
For more information about the Partnership Redwood City Program, contact Catherine Ralston, Economic Development Manager at 650-780-7204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Numerous businesses within Redwood City have expressed an interest in having their employees volunteer with the local community. The City will meet with local non-profits and community organizations and match them to employees who wish to donate volunteer hours. Check out some of the City's volunteering programs here.
The City has established a Community fund that will contribute to programs, projects or activities such as enrichment programs in schools, City events such as Music on the Square, and other neighborhood-specific projects. Contributions would come from a variety of partners, including City funds, grants and corporate sponsorships.
In addition, several new development projects have chosen to donate and support local non-profit organizations and the Community fund. These donations are completely voluntary, as the developments see the importance of giving back to the general Redwood City community.
Redwood City’s Council and Staff understand the importance of having affordable housing options within the city and took action in creating the Affordable Housing Impact Fee in October 2015. The money collected from this fee from new residential and commercial development will go towards providing affordable housing, generally in partnership with housing nonprofits.
In recognizing the importance of Public Art in our community, the City Council is moving forward with the establishment of a Public Art Fee in which certain development projects will pay towards a public art program. These fees could then be used to fund permanent public art installations, programs or events such as Music on the Square.
Transportation & Parking
Funds collected by Transportation Impact Fees from new development projects are used for the construction of improvements and traffic reduction measures, including road construction, road improvements, pedestrian, bicycle and transit improvements. They may not be used for routine maintenance.
Funds collected through Partnership Redwood City are also helping to establish a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program to reduce travel demand (specifically that of single occupancy private vehicles). Lastly, as part of the Downtown Precise Plan, new developments wishing to accommodate on-site parking for employees contribute to a parking in-lieu fund that creates additional parking for the public as well.
Recognizing the importance of these facilities to the community, the City Council will consider an increase to the existing Park Impact Fee that new residential development pays. The fee helps to pay for new parks and park facilities around the city.
History of Partnership Redwood City
From 2014 through 2015, the community participated in a series of workshops, hearings, and online forums. These discussions identified and prioritized the types of amenities and benefits they wanted to see in the community.
On February 17, 2015, the City Council adopted the program, which can be modified and adjusted in the future to meet changing community priories.
Past Meetings and Workshops
City Council Hearing – March 23, 2015
Planning Commission Hearing– February 17, 2015
Workshop #2 - January 14, 2015
- Summary of Workshop Results [PDF]
- “Refining Priorities” Handout [PDF]
- Agenda [PDF] (January 14, 2015 workshop)
- Presentation Slides [PDF] (January 14, 2015 workshop)
Workshop #1 - October 15, 2014
- Summary of Initial Outreach [PDF] (updated October 29, 2014)
- Agenda [PDF] (October 15, 2014 workshop)
- Presentation Slides [PDF] (October 15, 2014 workshop)
- Workshop Posters [PDF] (depicting Downtown Plan Area, Employment/Gateway Centers, Corridors, Redwood Creek/Inner Harbor Area - October 15, 2014 workshop)
- Maps [PDF] (detailed maps of the above areas, October 15, 2014 workshop)