How often do we get an insider look into planning and the community development process? Fortunately for us, we got an entire day of it. We listened to developers and the various issues that come up on a given project in a community. We were also able to look at the tools and policies used to guide decisions and how to get involved and influence the planning decisions that shape our community.
After a morning session filled with great information from Rick Tooker, Community Development Director, for the City of Napa, we were tasked with creating project proposals for a piece of property. After getting into small groups we physically went to the site and assessed how we could best utilize the space for our local community. After some time to review and come up with a strategy, we presented to our Mike Basayne – County of Napa Planning Commissioner, Gordan Huether – City of Napa Planning Commissioner and Beth Painter – City of Napa Planning Commissioner.
What a great day of learning the importance of getting involved, how to be a part of these vital community boards and commissions, and how it makes a difference in the community in which we live.
Submitted by the Doug Wilson/Chardonneighbors Practicum Group, members of Class 30.