Downtown Plan Design Charrette

Posted on April 19, 2019


View of Rafael Town Center Plaza and Fourth Street

What’s your vision for Downtown San Rafael?

Join us for a Design Charrette May 8th to 11th, 2019!

Events are either at the Whistlestop building on 930 Tamalpais Avenue, or on the corner of 4th and B Streets at 1200 4th Street. See the FAQ at the bottom of the page for more info.

Learn more about San Rafael’s General Plan 2040.


Wednesday, May 8th

  • Opening Presentation
    Formal Presentation by the Design Team followed by Discussion. Attend this if you have limited time!

    7:00PM – 9:00PM 
    Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Avenue

Thursday, May 9th: 

  • Open Studio (all-day drop-in)
    Stop by and see what the design team is producing. Chat and share ideas with the team.
    10:00AM – 6:30PM
    1200 4th Street 
  • Historic Resources Brown Bag Presentation
    Bring Lunch and learn about this key topic

    12:00PM – 1:00PM
    1200 4th Street 
  • Mid-Point Pinup
    Informal pinup by the design team to discuss progress

    5:00PM – 6:30PM
    1200 4th Street

Friday, May 10th

  • Open Studio (Morning drop-in)
    Stop by and see what the design team is producing. Chat and share ideas with the team.

    10:00AM – 1:00 PM
    1200 4th Street 
  • Economic Development Brown Bag Presentation
    Bring Lunch and learn about this key topic

    12:00PM – 1:00PM
    1200 4th Street

Saturday, May 11th

  • Closing Presentation
    Formal presentation by the design team about what we’ve heard, followed by discussion. Attend this if you have limited time!
    10:00AM – 12:00PM
    Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Avenue

Can’t make any Charrette events but have thoughts you’d like to share?
Participate online with our interactive public engagement website:
cityofsanrafael.org/2040


Charrette FAQ

What is a Charrette?

Charette (“cart” in French) is a term often used to describe the final, intense work effort expended by art and architecture students to meet a project deadline. The Downtown San Rafael Charrette is a multiple-day public design workshop that will bring together community members, decision makers, and stakeholders to work with a team led by Opticos Design, the City’s Downtown Plan consultant. All community members are welcome to attend and share ideas at any and all events throughout the course of the Charette! Feedback will be incorporated through a series of ‘feedback loops’ or meetings over the course of the Charrette.

What is the outcome of a Charrette?

The Charrette will result in several options for further consideration including site plans, framework diagrams and 3D renderings addressing land use and built form, program mixes, transportation and parking concepts as well as preliminary discussion of economic impacts and community benefits. The Charrette will conclude with a public meeting summarizing the results on on Saturday, May 11 from 10AM to 12PM!

What happens after the Charrette?

The community will have the opportunity to look at the Charrette plan options online and post comments on the project website. After the Charrette, the Opticos team will be working on further developing the plan options, and evaluating their performance measured against the project’s guiding principles, design objectives and feasibility indicators. Opticos will use feedback from this website to refine their work on the Downtown Precise Plan.

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