New Residential Housing Planned for Greater Almond Shuey Area
WALNUT CREEK IS DEVELOPING A 'WEST DOWNTOWN SPECIFIC PLAN"
Pros and Cons of the Plan for the Almond-Shuey Neighborhood
The third community workshop on the plan was held Tuesday July 9, 2013, hosted by the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church. 14 tables of participants reviewed and selected one of three alternative plans that had been developed following the first two community sessions plus other meetings of the West Downtown Citizens Advisory Committee. The three alternative plans are on the City's website, http://www.walnucreek.org/westdowntown. For some pros and cons specific to our neighborhood, click here. Pros and cons for Almond-Shuey.
First Visioning Workshop was held in August 2012
Andrew Smith, Senior Planner with the City of Walnut Creek, invited Almond Shuey residents and interested others to an evening workshop August 30. It was held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and very well attended. Participants provided input for the plan for the West Downtown Area (see map), the area encircling our Almond Shuey Neighborhood. This Greater Almond Shuey Area is bordered by BART at Ygnacio Valley Road, California Boulevard, Olympic Boulevard and Oakland Boulevard. Lots of new residential housing is now in planning for the area, along with the BART Transit Village Development (See More News) Although the area is largely residential it is a unique mix of land use types, as shown on the Land Use map below from Walnut Creek's West Downtown Plan Area Profile. The full Area Profile is available online. http://www.walnucreek.org/westdowntown.
The West Downtown Specific Plan is focused on making easier pedestrian and bicycle connections between the BART Station and Downtown, exploring the potential for new homes and businesses between Mount Diablo Boulevard and the BART Station, and preserving the Almond-Shuey neighborhood.
Meanwhile, the Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association has developed a beautiful professional marketing and branding plan for downtown businesses with special focus on Downtown Creekside appearance, sidewalk curb appeal, and European-stytle sidewalk cafes. Go, WCDBA! To review their plan, click here.
Meet Jocelyn Jackson, Almond Shuey Rep on Advisory Committee
Almond Avenue resident Jocelyn Jackson has been appointed to the Advisory Committee to represent our neighborhood. Jocelyn encourages neighbors to attend the workshops and committee meetings. She served as a facilitator at the August 20 Visioning Workshop. If you have thoughts or ideas but can't attend the meetings, email Jocelyn at email@example.com and your comments will be forwarded to her. The Advisory Committee is expected to meet five more times in the next year and a half to complete a draft Specific Plan for approval by the City Council. An experienced city planning consulting group (Planning Center|DC&E) is working with the City and the Committee. The plan will consider employment, housing, and shopping opportunities within close proximity to the Walnut Creek BART station and how to reduce the amount of automobile use by people living, working, and shopping within the plan area. The
Specific Plan will encourage increased pedestrian connectivity and transit access. It also will identify infrastructure improvements needed to expand access to non-auto transportation options like walking, bicycling, and transit.