Upcoming Community Development Events

Dara MacDonald
Community Development Director
January 8, 2010

In order to offer education and encourage participation, the City is hosting two upcoming free events that citizens are encouraged to attend.

The first is a workshop on the Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation. Steve Turner, Director of the State Historic Fund, will be the keynote speaker at this event on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the SteamPlant. There will be a variety of speakers discussing topics such as economic incentives available to property owners as well as why historic preservation is important to the economy of Downtown and the County as a whole.

If that wasn’t enough to get your interest, there will also be a tour of the A.T. Henry Building at 102 N. F Street. We have all seen the transition of the exterior of this landmark structure over the last few months and we have arranged for a tour of the interior. In addition, we will have a free drawing for a watercolor by local artist Patricia Torian. Torian will create a watercolor of a Downtown scene or building of the winner’s choice.

In other business, the Planning Commission, with support from the Community Development Department, has been working to revise the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive plan is the guiding document for the community. At this time we are seeking input from the public in a variety of ways including the recent survey and public meetings.

The 2009 Salida Community Survey was distributed in November 2009 in an effort to obtain feedback about the status of our community and priorities for the future. A survey can be an effective tool to collect information and opinions that reflect the population of the community. This survey asked for both factual information and opinions from citizens.

Results of the survey will be discussed at the upcoming public workshop on Tuesday, January 12th at the Salida SteamPlant from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

It is the hope of the Community Development Department that the survey results and discussion on January 12th will be used to inform the City Council, Planning Commission and citizens about the status of our City. This public input will help to inform the principals and policies contained in the Comprehensive Plan and will serve as a baseline for periodic surveys in the future.

I hope that you will consider joining in for one or both of these meetings at the SteamPlant.

Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation, Saturday, January 9th from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Community Survey Results and the Comprehensive Plan, Tuesday, January 12th from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.