The Gateway plan: Getting Started
Here is a one-hour presentation on what a Form-Based Code is, some background of its development, some examples nationally, some Northern California examples, and the nature of the Ministerial Review permitting process. Click on any image to view that article or video.
The letter from by Andrea Tuttle, PhD (environmental planning). Originally written February 13th, 2022, it was submitted to the Planning Commissioners two months later. Dr. Tuttle’s letter also appeared in the May 5, 2022 Eureka Times-Standard. Excerpts: “3500 units is a mathematically-derived number. It is NOT a “factual” number that reflects the carrying capacity of the city to support such growth. It has no relationship to the ability – or desire – of the town and infrastructure to accommodate that many people.” “Building height and scale: With apologies to the drafters, the very idea of 8-story housing blocks in Arcata is an insult. It is disingenuous to propose a plan that is dependent on unrealistic building types.”
This is the official video introducing the December 2021 “draft Gateway Area Plan.” 1 hour 4 minutes. It goes through the draft Plan chapter by chapter. The entire video has been transcribed, and the article is set up so that you can read the transcription and watch the video at the same time. Mixed in with the transcription is commentary and opinion.