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Downtown Plan Design Charrette: Closing Presentation

MayMay 11 2019

10:00am - 12:00pm Whistlestop

930 Tamalpais Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901

Jackson's Cafe at Whistlestop

Closing Presentation– Saturday, May 11th
10:00am – 12:00pm

Jackson’s Café at Whistlestop
The Downtown Design Charrette Final Presentation will be the culmination of our 4 day community design workshop and showcase what our design team heard from participants over the course of the week. After the presentation the General Plan team will host a discussion about the findings from the Downtown Charrette and next steps in the General Plan process.

The closing presentation will be held at at Jackson’s Café in the Whistlestop building, next to the SMART station and across the street from the Northwest corner of Bettini Transit Center.

Check out the Charrette page for a schedule of all Charrette events between May 8 and May 11.

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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