Dan Gjerde, Fort Bragg City Councilman, recently shared some exciting news. He explained that twenty local government representatives from Mendocino County traveled to San Francisco’s East Bay to see their Best Practices for transportation and the built environment.
Councilman Gjerde said the group will work with 4 Mendocino Cities, and Mendocino County, to create a Regional Blueprint plan. The Blueprint process will allow residents to see how the County will look if past development patterns continue — in other words, more land gobbled up, with people driving farther for their daily needs. With this visual information, residents, city council members and county supervisors will — hopefully! — agree to alter the way we develop our communities and our county’s countryside.
A slide show prepared by Gjerde asks if Mendocino County is ready to retain resources and agricultural land, reduce greenhouse gas and travel fewer miles, improve public health, provide world-class public spaces, and create economic and cultural renewal.
He said they saw sprawling built-environment that harms public health, but also toured neighborhoods that embrace alleys, beautiful sidewalks and architecture.
He explains about Priority Development Areas, neighborhoods with a commitment to housing near jobs, retail shops and services, and complete communities where residents live in pedestrian friendly environments.
But it’s not all about development, there are Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs) too. PCAs conserve lands of regional significance, agricultural or natural resources, areas of historic, cultural, recreation and scenic value. His slide show talks about creating communities that support healthy lifestyles, incorporate people friendly streets and alleys, encourage bicycling, walking, and talking to people sitting on front porches.
It seems Mendocino’s Council of Governments is planning today for communities we’ll appreciate tomorrow. Watch Dan’s presentation to find out more.