The Working Group (MP/GP WG) seeks to integrate the findings of the AIA Sustainable Development Action Team Final Report into City planning processes. We want to make sure that theReport is considered relevant and significant looking forward 20 years, hence Healdsburg 2040! Our overarching goal is the preservation of Healdsburg's identity and history, from short-term (e.g., budgeting and goal-setting) to mid-term (e.g., 5-year Strategic Plan) and longer term planning (e.g., General Plan update).
Our work to date:
Since October 2018 we have met weekly with over 500 hours contributed by our core group. We coordinated with the other three working groups and served as the guiding arm for all of Healdsburg 2040. For the City’s 5 year strategic plan, we analyzed the SDAT report in depth and extracted strategic initiatives, goals and action items for the City Council. We focused on achievable, measurable goals (matrix). We were pleased to present that matrix at a well attended public forum on June 24.
We maintained regular contacts with City Staff and City Council members and invited them to some of our meetings. Members of our group regularly attend meetings of the City Council, building a climate of mutual trust and advice between the city officials and all the working groups.
Our work in the future:
Following completion of the Strategic Plan, we will turn our attention to long overdue revamp of the City’s General Plan, which will play a decisive role for the long term viability of Healdsburg.The update of the General Plan presents an unique opportunity to implement the long term recommendations from the SDAT experts. But we also found that the SDAT report neglected significant future challenges:
• Climate change: The impacts of climate change on the economy and security of the City are not yet fully understood and need to be addressed in an independent risk assessment.
• Excellence in government: We hope to improve the accountability and performance of city government, with increased transparency and metrics.
• Engagement of citizens: We plan to organize a speaker’s series in 2020 with independent experts on topics like climate change, the future of individual and mass transport and the economic diversity of the city. We hope the City finds a civic engagement platform to encourage greater participation in governance.
Parks and Connectivity
The Parks & Connectivity Work Group is developing strategic initiatives for the following topics:
Safe & Accessible Pedestrian and Bicycle StreetScape Improvements
Community Connectivity (Social Fabric)
Eight to Eighty Transportation Solutions
Russian River Watershed Connectivity and Habitat Restoration
Improve neighborhood livability
Members have worked closely with COH Parks & Recreation to interview and select the Design & Public Outreach Company for the Rehabilitation of Badger Park, the design of the new Montage Park and Russian River Connectivity. The P&C Workgroup also participated in the COH North Healdsburg Avenue Plan meetings (Healdsburg Ave North from Powell to north city limit).
Our recommendations to the City for inclusion in COH 5 Year Strategic Plan (currently under development) include:
Moving Healdsburg from Bronze to Gold Level certification as a League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community
Create a pilot program of Parklets within the City. (Parklets defined as dedicated public amenity along a sidewalk or in a roadside parking space)
Complete bike and pedestrian path to Windsor SMART station
Expand connectivity to other regional transportation modalities (transit/foot/bike paths)
Connect neighborhoods, services, schools & parks with bike and pedestrian friendly routes that are safe and accessible
Re-imagine Healdsburg as a place for people, not cars