Pro-active Marketing of Infill Sites

One of the suggestions of the SDAT Team’s visit to Sebastopol was to actively market development opportunity sites in town in order to attract the kind of development we want, rather than being left fighting development we don’t want. An example of the latter can be seen in the multi-year

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CVS Agrees to Remove Drive-Through

The proposed CVS/Chase bank project that I have written about before has a new twist. The project is proposed on a prominent intersection at what is essentially the gateway to downtown Sebastopol. The project went through a long drawn out entitlement process that included the Planning Commission denying a use

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Design Review Mediocrity (CVS/Chase Redux)

As an architect, I have witnessed many occasions where the design review process has taken a good design and made it mediocre.  Why is this?  Isn’t the point of design review to make better buildings?  Or at least prevent really bad buildings from being built.  But it often does neither. 

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