Upper Market Workshop (aka Castro Charrette) Starts; Planning Staff to Attend CAPA Meeting
As the city’s Planning Department issued a request for proposals (RFP) from design firms to provide public planning process services, the Upper Market Workshop is officially underway. RFPs were sent out March 19, and proposals are due April 18. A series of public workshops should start at the end of May or early June, and will give the Castro community a chance to contribute to a plan for the Castro that will address issues like new proposed Market Street developments, public space and neighborhood character.
Sarah Dennis, one of the Planning Department’s project managers for the Workshops, will attend CAPA’s April meeting to talk about the workshop, how it will affect the Castro and how CAPA members can take part. Please plan on attending.
Better Streets Workshop on the Castro
Starting this month,
One of the first meeting swill take place in the Castro on Thursday, April 19 at the Eureka Valley Rec. Center at 100 Collingwood Street, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Streets are an important part of the public space in the Castro, so this is a great opportunity for CAPA members to share their ideas on how to improve the Castro’s streets, making them safer and more inviting gathering spaces, provide more efficient transportation network and become a part of the natural environment.
At CAPA’s April meeting, there will be a discussion of how CAPA can take part in the process and what streetscape design elements should be included in the city’s vision. To learn more about the Better Streets Plan, visit the website at www.sfbetterstreets.org.
Planning Commission Adopts Market Octavia Plan
On April 5, the Planning Commission voted to adopt the Market & Octavia Neighborhood Plan, CEQA findings and certified the Environmental Impact Report. The Plan will now be referred to the Board of Supervisors for an up or down vote.
The adopted plan includes some modifications to the original plan, including some density caps for residential zoning, and additional scrutiny of large projects until a historic resources survey is complete. However, most of the plans goals which CAPA supported are included in the adopted plan.
To review the entire plan including amendments, go to www.betterneighborhoods.org.
Planning: The website will be transferred to a new web host by
The new web host will include
a new email address for the organization,
1. Call to Order/Introductions 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Dennis, SF Planning Dept.
3. Better Streets Project
4. Coalition Report: Joe Curtin, Tito Vandermeyden
5. Finance Report and Membership Update
6. New Business
7. Adjournment 9:00 p.m.
Historic Resources Survey Overview. Wednesday April 11, 5:00-6:30 pm. CPMC
Davies Auditorium, Castro & Duboce. Streets,
The Planning Department hosts a public meeting to discuss the progress of the Market and Octavia Area Plan Historic Resources Survey.
Workshop. Thursday, April 19, 6:00-8:00 pm.
CAPA Officers in the News about the Castro
In the past few weeks, CAPA’s leadership has
been featured in several articles about the Castro. CAPA president Joe Curtin
was quoted in an AP story published nation-wide about the loss of gay identity
in “Gayborhoods” around the country. Vice-president Tito Vandermeyden was
interviewed in a Bay Area Reporter story on March 29, about proposal to
highlight the LGBT identity of the Castro with streetscape projects that could
include a “Wizard of Oz” theme, and board member