In May, the Press Democrat published a Caltrans Public Notice: Notice of Intent to Consider Rescinding Freeway Adoption. This is a necessary step before Caltrans can dispose of the property between Farmers Lane and Melita Road. The public has 60 days (until July 20, 2014) to make comments regarding this plan. Please write a letter or email of support to rescind the freeway adoption and ask that the property be made available for multiple public uses. Greenway Supporter Lorna Myers sent an effective comment. Please feel free to customize it or better yet, communicate in your own words!
Dear Ms. Joseph,
I'm writing about Caltrans Notice of Intent to Consider Rescinding Freeway Adoption. I was delighted by the recent news that Caltrans does not plan to develop the extension of Highway 12 through southeast Santa Rosa. Instead, my hope is that rather than an urban freeway, an urban greenway – that is a park with bike and hike trails, community gardens and other alternative recreational opportunities – can be created on this strip of vacant land. In essence, I – and many others in the community – support the rescission project for SR 12. Thanks very much for your consideration.(Include your name and address here.)
When you send your comment, please reference: Caltrans District 4- SR12 Rescission ProjectEmail your comment to: firstname.lastname@example.org OR mail it to:
Caltrans District 4 P. O. Box 23660 Oakland, CA. 94623-0660 Attn: Betcy Joseph
Thanks you for taking action on behalf of the Southeast Greenway!
What if Santa Rosa had the opportunity to convert a blighted and a long neglected area of the city into an attractive open space for exercise, recreation and alternative transportation? That opportunity has arrived. Caltrans recently announced that it does not plan to develop the extension of Highway 12 through southeast Santa Rosa. This has opened a window of opportunity for the conversion of the designated highway easement into a 2-mile greenway from Farmers Lane to Spring Lake. . . read more
View greenway precedent reports.
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Our all-volunteer campaign needs your help to meet the challenges ahead in 2014. Please give as much as you can. Contributions of any amount are truly appreciated. For a contribution of $100 or more, we're offering the first ever heavyweight, all-cotton Southeast Greenway T-Shirt in an attractive forest green color. Take advantage of this special opportunity while supplies last!
In June 2011, the American Institute of Architects sent a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) of national consultants to Santa Rosa to help create a vision for the Greenway. After meeting with over 300 residents as well as state and local officials, the SDAT consultants have weighed in.
Click here for the slideshow featuring highlights of the AIA's Final Report and the Campaign's Next Steps.
Their final report, Imagine . . . A Greenway to Spring Lake and Beyond, offers a new and provocative vision for the old Highway 12 right-of-way. You can download the report or view it online now.