Petaluma Urban Chat – Calendar for this week

Monday, June 21 (Tonight!)  – Petaluma City Council – Consideration of a possible Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) policy
Wednesday, June 23 – Know Before You Grow – Forum #7 of the General Plan Education Series, Municipal Finance Context
Thursday, June 24 – Petaluma Urban Chat – Monthly meeting, open conversation
Wednesday, June 30 – Know Before You Grow – Forum #5 of the General Plan Education Series, Transportation Context
Monday, June 28 – Petaluma City Council – Continuation of workshop on City goals and priorities
Monday, July 12 – Petaluma City Council – Discussion of possible allocation of funds for the affordable/supportive housing project, Meridian at Corona Station.
Tuesday, July 13 – Petaluma Planning Commission – Workshop on possible senior housing in the River Front project
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GREETINGS & THOUGHTS 
Only one City meeting has urbanist content this week.  However, that will leave more time for Urban Chat participation and for possible applications to City and regional bodies.
The Urban Chat activities are more fully described below in More Details.
For the applications, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is seeking applicants for their Policy Advisory Council.  For those who understand that many land-use policies must be regional rather than local and who are willing to work hard, this is an opportunity to seek a seat at the table.  More information is here.
I don’t know all that would be involved in serving on the Policy Advisory Council, but I know people who can offer insights.  If you might be interested, let me know and I’ll make the connections.
Locally, Petaluma didn’t attract sufficient applications for their commissions, committees, and boards.  I don’t know when the renewed call for applicants will be released but encourage everyone to be alert for it.
Questions or comments?  Let me know. – Dave Alden
P.S. If you wish to be removed from this email list, or have folks to add, please advise.
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MORE DETAILS – All events (except for the Thursday Urban Chat meeting which will be in person!) are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate on-line.
Monday, June 21 (Tonight!) – Petaluma City Council – The Council will consider a policy on Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) in accordance with state law intended to discourage projects that would cause climate harm by exceeding a threshold for miles driven by residents.
The meeting will convene at 6:30pm.  The link to observe and to participate in the meeting is here.  The agenda is here.
Wednesday, June 23 – Know Before You Grow General Plan Series – Forum #7 of this series will address the extent to which municipal finances will be a key context of the General Plan, playing into many of the General Plan decisions.
Know Before You Grow had hoped that Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns would be available to participate in this meeting.  Unfortunately, his schedule didn’t allow it, but he remains willing and eager to participate later in the General Plan series.
Instead, we’ll view short videos of Marohn and his frequent sidekick, Joe Minicozzi of Urban3, and then talk about how the messages apply to Petaluma.
For those who aren’t yet familiar with the StrongTowns message, this will be an invaluable evening.  And even for those who have heard Marohn and Minicozzi speak, a refresher always provides new insights.
The forum will convene at 7:00pm.  The link to view and to participate is here.
Thursday, June 24 – Petaluma Urban Chat – As the pandemic wanes, the monthly meeting of Urban Chat will return to its previous location of the Aqus Café.  As is usually the case, the meeting will not have an agenda but will instead be open to the urbanist topics raised by the attendees.
The meeting will convene at noon at the Aqus Café at Second and H Streets.

Monday, June 28 – Petaluma City Council – The Council will continue its discussion of goals and priorities as the City continues to recover from the pandemic and settles on the best allocation of the funds from Measure U.

The meeting will convene at 6:30.  The agenda and the link to observe and to participate in the meeting will be provided when published by the City.

Wednesday, June 30 – Know Before You Grow General Plan Series – Forum #5 of this series will address the extent to which transportation will be a key context of the General Plan, playing into many of the General Plan decisions.  This forum was originally planned for May 12 but was rescheduled to make the forum as good as possible.
The forum will convene at 7:00pm.  The link to view and to participate will be provided in a future email.
Monday, July 12 – Petaluma City Council – As the state reviews the grant application from the Danco Group for their proposed affordable/supportive housing project adjoining the Corona SMART station, the Council will decide on the City’s financial participation in the project.
The meeting will convene at 6:30.  The agenda and the link to observe and to participate in the meeting will be provided when published by the City.
Tuesday, July 13 – Petaluma Planning Commission – The land at the north end of the River Front project, between the river and Lakeville, immediately west of the freeway, has been long approved for multifamily housing and neighborhood retail.  In a workshop format, the Planning Commission will consider a proposal to fold senior housing into that mix.

The meeting will convene at 7:00.  The agenda and the link to observe and to participate in the meeting will be provided when published by the City.