The Gateway plan: An Overview
An overview of what the Gateway plan is.
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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.”
If you only read one article on this website, please read this one.
Yes, it is long. All the commentary is in red and green. You can easily skim through the article and just read the red and green — or, even shorter, you can skim and read the sidebars.
Reading the commentary will illustrate the degree of what are, in my opinion, misstatements and misrepresentations that run throughout this plan.
Letter from Nick Lucchesi of Pacific Builders in Arcata from January 15, 2022.
“My guess is that, should you have asked, not one person would have come up with the idea of 5-8 story residential buildings, limited car parking, traffic pattern changes, that are represented here. You have not asked us what we want. What this approach represents is a top down vision for the future of Arcata, with a belated attempt at getting buy-in from the public.”
“I am in favor of encouraging people to use cars less, but “encouraging” in this sense means providing not enough parking, so that people are essentially blocked from owning a car. Again, top down social engineering. You may encourage away, but you need to stop using that word when you mean denying people a choice.”
This Opinion article came out in the Times-Standard on December 8, 2021, very quickly after the “Draft Gateway Area Plan” was released to the public. The key points are:
- Do we really want Arcata’s population to increase by roughly 25% in the next few years?
- What will happen to all the businesses and jobs that will be rezoned or otherwise driven out of the area?
- Parking and traffic.
- Where are the city services to support this development going to come from?
- The plan touts sustainability as a core goal, but ignores at least one key issue: Sea-Level Rise.