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For Immediate Release
July 1, 2013

Contact:
Bill Ekern
Community Development Director
650-780-7293

Community-Based “Visioning” Process Underway for Inner Harbor Plan; Task Force Meetings Scheduled for July

Redwood City, CA - The City and the community have embarked on a strategic "visioning" process for the Inner Harbor area, which will lead to the creation of an Inner Harbor Specific Plan. That Plan will provide a “blueprint” for the future of the Inner Harbor Area (located on the bay side of US 101 between Docktown and the Malibu Grand Prix Raceway, and north-east to the edge of the existing businesses in the Seaport Centre area - see map). Not since the City’s Downtown Precise Plan, has there been such an opportunity to make an impact on the city's landscape and future development.

The Inner Harbor Plan Task Force held its first meeting on June 13, and encourages any interested members of the community to join in this important process. The next two meetings of the Task Force are:

  • Tuesday, July 9, 7 pm
  • Tuesday, July 23, 7 pm

Both meetings will take place at the Seaport Conference Center, 459 Seaport Court in Redwood City.

This is an exciting opportunity for Redwood City” said Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre. “By participating in the effort to help envision the future of the Inner Harbor, community members have a remarkable chance to contribute toward shaping this regionally-significant area. We want the Inner Harbor Plan to be a model of partnership and inclusive, thoughtful planning, and the possibilities are endless.” More information on the Inner Harbor Plan Task Force is online at www.redwoodcity.org/InnerHarborPlan, including meeting agendas, updates, and schedules.

The Inner Harbor Plan Task Force is a group of stakeholders appointed by the Mayor, representing the various interests involved in the future of this area - public and private property owners, residential, business, recreational, and environmental. All Task Force meetings are public, and subject to State open-meeting laws.

The group will meet regularly to provide ongoing input to the City and advice and review of the draft Plan materials, as well as sharing information with and seeking input from their constituencies. It’s anticipated that over the next 12 months, the group will meet up to 8 times, with 4 - 6 of those taking place in this calendar year, initially focusing on development of plan alternatives. At least one all-community workshop will be held and the final two meetings, expected in spring of 2014, will center on confirmation of the draft plan in advance of public hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council. The Task Force is expected to discuss and set its overall schedule during the next two meetings.


The end result of this process will be an Inner Harbor Specific Plan, which will lay out the overall scope and general guidelines for what the City and community envision for the Inner Harbor area, to achieve the revitalization and productive use of properties and natural resources within that area. The Task Force process offers the opportunity for our community’s voice to be clearly heard, and their ideas to be brought forward and shared in shaping the future of the Inner Harbor Area. 

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