WHEN: Oct 28, 2014

TIME:  6:30pm

WHERE: Orchard City Banquet Hall at the Campbell Community Center

WHAT: The Department of Public Works is hosting a community meeting to present designs for the three Civic Center Master Plan scenarios. For more information, please call Department of Public Works at (408) 866-2150.


WHEN: July 1, 2014

TIME:  6:15pm

WHERE: Council Chamber - 70 N. First Street

WHAT: A City Council study session is being held to present a conceptual residential development proposal for the City Council's review and policy direction relative to density, housing type (rental or ownership) and housing need.  This specific project is an assemblage of nine parcels comprising approximately 3.15 acres located on Railway Avenue, adjacent to the City's corporation yard and the Avalon Campbell apartment complex.  St. Anton Communities is proposing as their preferred choice a four-story podium apartment complex consisting of 155 units at a density of 49 units per acre.

This concept far exceeds the City's maximum allowable density of 27 units/gr. acre (or 36 units/gr acre with a "Density Bonus"). 

It is important for the community to register its concerns early with the City Council and City staff while this process is at the preliminary stage.  These big projects have a way of taking sharp turns later on. Letting your City Council members, commissioners and staff know you are paying attention will help ensure this project reflects our values as downtown residents. We all have a stake in the outcome and decisions made for this project since it will set a precedent for (1) density across Campbell; (2) the balance of owner-occupied vs. rental housing units; and (3) traffic and parking.


WHEN: March 13, 2014

TIME:  6:30-9:30pm

WHERE: Orchard City Banquet Hall in the Campbell Community Center

WHAT: A community meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, at the Orchard City Banquet Hall in the Community Center. The meeting will be led by consultants hired by the city to introduce various concepts and receive input on plans to completely renovate our Civic Center. As you may know, the city has outgrown the current spaces. A quick visit to the library will confirm the need for more space! (NOTE: The recent renovation of the Banquet Hall, a former high school cafeteria, shows what can be done when there is a quality plan carried out with integrity.) 

While this process in at the preliminary stage it is important for the community to register its concerns early. As the process moves forward it should reflect those early concerns, but these big projects have a way of taking sharp turns later on. Letting the planners know we are paying attention now will help to insure that the finished plan reflects our values as downtown residents. 

We all have a stake in the outcome. It will affect traffic, parking in downtown, expanded library services, the Summer Concert Series on Orchard City Green, and possibly the future of the historic firehouse which houses the Campbell Museum.