Charter Amendment to Increase the 35′ Height Limit – Rejected by 82% of voters!
City-wide, 43.6% of the voters voted! The May election has a historically low turn out (averaging 28.2% over the last decade), so thank you for making sure your voice was heard.
The Charter Amendment on the May 2023 ballot is asking voters to let the City put out a Request for Qualifications to engage in a Public-Provate partnership (P3) for a mixed-use development on the publically-owned property that is currently known as Latham Plaza. Other than it will be mixed-use building and include a parking structure, there are no details other than allowing the winning bidder to build up to 55′ instead of the current 35′ height limit. NO OTHER CRITERIA!
Voters are being asked to approve an exception to the height limit without knowing what Council envisions as the 55′ mixed-use development that they are touting as the solution to the decades-old problem that has plagued the area.
Public Meetings (On going)
- City Council Briefing on May 8, 2023 Topic: Criteria for a 35′ and a 55′ structure on Latham Plaza Parking lot (both are looked at to be ready for the result of the May 16 Ballot Initiative)
- City Council Meeting on March 20, 2023 Topic: The Second Reading of the Height Proposal of 55′ for Latham Plaza Parking Lot
- City Council Meeting on March 6, 2023 Topic: The First Reading of the Height Proposal for 55′ of Latham Plaza Parking Lot
- City Council Meeting on February 6, 2023 Topic: The First Reading of the original Height Proposal for all of downtown; Also first Reading for Approval of Townhouses south of Gonzales Park
- January 30, 2023, Joint Council-CRA Workshop Topic: Latham Plaza Parking Lot Private Public Partnership ideas
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