The city wants your input! The Rohnert Park City Council is hosting a Town Hall meeting Wednesday, April 25 in the Community Center, located at 5401 at 6 p.m. I would like to invite all residents to attend. Town hall meetings are a great opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss concerns with our residents.
The upcoming meeting has two purposes. One is to introduce an important project for the city’s future, which is the update of our General Plan. The General Plan is the blueprint for the community’s future. It lays out the long-term vision for the city on issues such as transportation, housing and our economy.
The last comprehensive update of the General Plan was completed in 2000 and covers a planning period of 20 years. The goal of this General Plan update is to respond to changes in the community and provide an updated vision through 2040.
The General Plan sets the standards for our growth as a community. It can prevent the city from growing into adjacent lands and can establish limits on how fast the city can grow. The current voter-approved urban growth boundary expires in 2020.
This town hall is the first opportunity for community input into the new General Plan. We would like to start learning from residents and business owners about what you like about the current direction of the city and what you might want to change. The updated General Plan will be based upon the results of a comprehensive visioning process and public engagement program to ensure that all members of the community have the chance to participate in shaping Rohnert Park’s future.
In addition to discussing the General Plan, the Town Hall meeting will provide the opportunity for residents to have two-way conversations with the city council and staff on any of your current concerns. We know from the recent community survey that our residents want less traffic congestion, a new downtown, more enforcement of speeding and traffic violations and improved streets. The town hall meeting is a great opportunity to hear about what we’re doing and to provide your thoughts on these and other priorities.
This is your city – let us hear your voice!
One of the city council’s priorities has been to open the restrooms in city parks, which were closed due to vandalism several years ago. I’m pleased to let you know that we have nearly completed renovations at Alicia, Benicia (pool), Colegio Vista, Eagle, Sunrise, Golis and Magnolia (near the fields). We will construct a new restroom at Dorotea Park this summer.
Working together to build a better community!
Volunteers are needed to serve on the Rohnert Park Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to help maintain the city’s Bicycle Master Plan, review issues concerning bicycle safety and participate in countywide bike trail coordination efforts. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 588-2227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.