FPA Town Meeting

September 26, 2002 Town Hall Meeting

(Unedited Notes)
The meeting attendees were split up into six groups, each identified by color. The below statement was developed from the input from all the groups. Following this are categories each group identified.

Black | Green | Brown | Yellow Orange | Blue | Purple

Forestville Statement of Identity
Forestville is a family-oriented, semi-rural small town. Economically and culturally diverse, our caring citizens value our natural environment, clean air and water and seeing the stars at night. We treasure our lack of commercial development, our Youth Park, the West County Trail, our excellent schools, and the small businesses that serve our community.

Common among unincorporated towns, Forestville lacks, yet desires a plan for the future. Our goals are to create a more cohesive downtown that invites citizen interaction on a daily basis as well as a central plaza and community events. We hope to reduce traffic congestion and noise as well as make our town more pedestrian friendly and a safer and more enjoyable place to be for children and young people.

As we move into the future we wish to maintain our small town atmosphere so that we can continue being the kind of community we currently enjoy while realistically facing the challenges of growth and change. Our common goal is to move forward with our environmental and social ideals shaping decisions well into the future of Forestville.

Black Group

  • Tolerant, diverse community with sense of “family and community.”
  • Quiet, small-town feeling
  • Local pharmacy, hardware, other stores
  • Limited traffic, industry, agricultural development
  • Clean environment
  • Scenic, open space
  • Scenic highway designation
  • Quarries in our midst
  • Quarry trucks
  • Indifference to, and impairment of natural environment
  • Use of pesticides close to schools and homes
  • Upcoming industry in town
  • Difficulty crossing street in town, River Road
    Vision for Future
  • Tree lined, pedestrian friendly, more coherent look and feeling of downtown
  • Locally owned stores that support the community
  • One or both quarries, and quarry trucks, gone
  • Place to congregate (town square, youth center, community garden, bike and walking paths in and around town
  • River and creeks protected
  • New housing that is economically diverse, and encourages shared communities

Green Group

  • Stars
  • Trails
  • Youth Park
  • Small town family
  • Clean Air
  • Community Identification
  • Forestville Club
  • Chez Marie
  • Schools
  • Caring community
  • Nature
  • Natural beauty
  • Rural small town
  • Quiet
  • Traffic
  • Quarry
  • Not enough safety for Bikers and Pedestrians
  • Big Wineries
  • Poor Public Transportation
  • Cemetery Clean up
  • Ugly Store Fronts
    Break Out Session Conclusions
  1. Downtown – Commercial – Clean, well maintained, architectural
  2. integrated with place such as Town Square. No strip malls.
  3. Residences – Purchase/Rent Units including low-income housing. Minimum
  4. regulated, sustainable mixed-usage housing; no apartment complexes. downtown & Residential New Building – Downtown and residential should be landscaped; sprawl discouraged; too close housing discouraged.
  5. Green Belt – Presentation of what we presently have – riparian restoration. Define our place on the land boundary,
  6. Environment – Protecting, preserving, riparian of our environment, clean river.
  7. Local Business – Community support for present services (services needed include doctor).
  8. Transportation – Better Public Transportation
  9. Tourism – Agriculture tourist destination (emphasize apples, wines, crafts, etc., River tourist destination; trail tourism.
  10. Master Plan for Projects – Master plan for projects.
  11. Town Meetings – Community Relations; regular town meetings; town social meetings.

Brown Group
Forestville is a diverse community that works with cooperation rather than competition for the healthy lifestyle and well-being of the people, wildlife and environment. The commercial development is wisely planned and aesthetically pleasing supporting cultural arts and the semi-rural environment.

  • Community cohesiveness
  • Community services
  • Wisely planned and aesthetically pleasing
  • Environmentally responsible agriculture
  • Maintain natural beauty that honors town history
  • Locally owned businesses that serve community
  • Commercial development that reflects environmental awareness
  • Support health, well-being, and lifestyle
  • Integrative Health Center- Prevention oriented
  • Town Square/focal point
  • Indoor community sports bldg
  • Swimmingg pool- high school
  • Skate park
  • No car zone
  • Cohesive look (cleaned up with landscaping_
  • Waterfall/fountain/trees/flowers in square (improve aestetics)
  • Bike trainls/lanes
  • Maintain open space/natural habitat
  • More restaurants - health oriented
  • Bookstore/cafe
  • Farmer's market- diversity
  • Small healthfood store
  • Civic infrastructure
  • Community volunteer Center / carpool service
  • Community outreach
  • Restoring creeks and wildlife corridors
  • Living coops
  • Lower spped limits
  • More local retail businesses
  • Sustainability guidelines
  • Honor historic aspects
  • Teencenter
  • Affordable housing
  • Co-housing
  • West County music destination - dance/music center/playhouse
  • Shuttle service to SR
  • Feng Shui town
  • Diverse planning group
  • Coordinated mixed-use, centralized granny units

Yellow Orange Group

  • The following received votes (listed in order):
  • Small town atmosphere
  • Economic & cultural diversity
  • Trees, wildlife, natural environment
  • No Safeway’s, etc.
  • Small scale
  • Social aspect of the trail
  • Excellent schools
  • Healthy ground water system
  • Weâre not a tourist destination
  • No wineries visible to downtown
  • Interesting buildings in downtown
  • Can see stars, few bright lights at night
  • Community effort that connected library to school
  • No fast food places
  • Art galleries downtown
  • Lively coffee shop
  • Pharmacy & pharmacist
  • Great hardware store
  • Caring involved citizens
  • Great Fire Dept.
  • The following received no top votes but were additional likes:
  • Youth Park is used
  • Public transportation here
  • The following received votes (listed in order):
  • No conscious plan for FV
  • Gravel trucks
  • No sidewalks
  • Little or nothing for children beyond sports at Youth Park
  • Traffic congestion on Mirabel, 116, Covey
  • No downtown center to meet neighbors, for music, etc. and fractured downtown
  • No town meeting place or town hall
  • No crosswalks
  • Traffic noise on 116 and River Rd.
  • Community bulletin board too small
  • No longer have a doctor or PA
  • Lack of shop Forestville first attitude
  • Public transportation schedule - not enough buses
  • Not enough affordable housing
  • The following received no top votes but were additional dislikes:
  • Signage on 7-11
  • We like the small town atmosphere with no Safeway's, etc. and the caring and involved citizens who are economically and culturally diverse.
  • We like the trees, wildlife, and natural environment with a healthy ground water systems and the environmental as well as social aspects of the West County Trail.
  • We dislike the lack of a conscious plan for Forestville, a fractured downtown with no town center for meeting neighbors and socializing.
  • We dislike traffic congestion on 116, Mirabel, and Covey.
  • We dislike the fact that there are too few activities for children beyond sports at the Youth Park.
  • We dislike the gravel trucks.
    Vision — Forestville in 10 years
    Downtown (in order of priority)
    We would like an alive town center that’s planned, child & family friendly, and compelling, with a visually appealing look:
  • Perhaps with a median strip with trees.
  • A unifying element (like Cotati) motif with landscaping (trees, gardens, shade, fountains)
  • OK to have eclectic variety put together in a clean, nice, attractive way (not homogenized!)
  • Create a timeless architectural style based on historical elements (1975 FV Specific Plan took that into consideration), which is “charming but not cute.”
    We would also like:
  • Bike rentals
  • Farmers Market
  • Outdoor cafe
  • Music in Sunday
  • Bulletin board
  • A great breakfast place
  • Natural park, grass, gazebo with sidewalk around it
  • Outdoor amphitheater for Summer shows
  • The West County Trail is one of keys to economic vitality. Users at end of trail want to buy picnic, rent a bike, drink.
  • We would like less traffic downtown with a sign City Center to the Left” at Mirabel & 116 if bypass built.
  • “Shop Forestville” is a vital part of the community culture, to support local business. Shops are full & parking is safe and not an issue.
    • Develop an assessment district to buy land for parking downtown designated parking areas.
    • 15-20 minute parking zones for parking & shopping?
    • Live-work units are a possibility.
  • Form a committee to study geographic trade area to plan downtown & shopping center?
  • Our community is economically and culturally diverse, with low, mid, and high-cost housing.
    (in order of priority)
  • We would like nice restaurants, with opportunities for eating outdoors (but some would not like Forestville to be a destination spot).
  • We would like a movie theater/community art center.
  • Having a bakery and ice cream shop also received several votes.
  • Another popular service would be a self service business services center and copy shop.
  • We would like a Doctor's office and possibly to create our own health district with own health insurance & work with Palm Drive Hospital.
  • It would also be nice to be able to shop for office supplies, clothing, building materials, shoes, and to buy/rent water toys like kayaks.
  • It would be important to have maintenance available for landscaping and garbage.
  • We have a Nature/Ecology Education Center focusing on the local environment and gardening, which also involve kids. A community garden could be part of this.
  • We preserve a healthy ground water system with many native plantings.
  • We have an urban growth boundary — and deal with urban sprawl

Blue Group

    The following received votes (listed in order) when group voted for top 3:
  • Small town quality
  • Amount of open – space around us
  • Rural quality
  • My privacy — space & quiet
  • Low population density
  • Sense of community (represented by this FPA process)
  • Great community minded local businesses (e.g. pharmacy, Speer’s)
  • No chain stores or strip malls
  • NOT a destination
  • The following received no top votes but were additional likes:
  • Proximity to cultural resources in Bay Area
  • Air quality
  • Walk/bike trail
  • Bypass
  • Not having to lock my door
  • Minimal number of streetlights (can see the stars)
  • That 116 is a scenic highway
  • Mike Reilly
  • Elementary and high schools are great
  • Proximity to Russian River
  • No lines at Post Office
  • Lack of services to outlying areas
    The following received votes (listed in order) when group voted for top 3:
  • Growth — in people, industry, quarries, vineyards, storage facility, etc.
  • Increasing traffic
  • Lack of cosmetic unity downtown (the look)
  • Compromised watersheds
  • Pocket Canyon “clearcut” (coming soon)
  • Quarries (their existence near town)
  • Bypass
  • High school esthetics (fences, signs make it look like an institution)
  • The following received no top votes but were additional dislikes:
  • Lack of local employment
  • Lack of local cultural stuff
  • Lack of services to outlying areas (e.g. water, sewer)
  • Lack of voice in the county
    FV is a small, friendly, rural community with locally-owned business, open space, and peace and quiet. We desire slow, sustainable growth that preserves our quality of life.
    Vision — Forestville in 10 years
  • Continuity (cohesiveness) of physical (architectural) look- not rigid, but based on guidelines
  • Trees & landscaping downtown
  • Central plaza, with stage
  • Open space
  • Activities and places for youth (e.g. skatepark)
  • Keep Forestville basically as it is now (quality, size)
  • Include youth, seniors, diversity in our planning process
  • More pedestrian-friendly town (minimize traffic, possibly with roundabout or bypass)
  • Encourage connection between communities within FV (e.g. high school, business, seniors, etc.)
  • NOT a wine industry-based community
  • Jobs and activities for our youth
  • Bistro(s)
  • Local business primarily to service local community (income generated stays in our community)
  • Senior services
  • FV has more control over its destiny as a community
  • Community swimming pool
  • Movie theater
  • Diversity in who (can) live in our community (e.g. lower income housing)
  • Rivers and streams are healthy, accessible and sustainable
  • We are stewards of our environment (work toward sustainable energy community)
  • FV has a Town hall
  • Infrastructure appropriate to our vision
  • Public transportation
  • NO dumping (including on resident1s own land) - beautification

Purple Group

  • Small ( Intimate, personal, private)
  • Undeveloped
  • Eccentric
  • Diverse (personalities more than ethnic origin or race)
  • Youth Park
  • Trees
  • No street lights — no city glow
  • Safe
  • West County Trail
  • Russian River
  • Close to everything
  • Designer wineries/wine
  • No “architectural theme”
  • NOT inviting
  • Annual Holiday tree
  • Lots of artists
  • Green (ecological) mind-set
  • Ugly downtown
  • Trucks/traffic
  • No “there” here
  • Wine use of ground water
  • Downtown parking
  • Not inviting
  • Disconnected shopping areas
  • Loud noises (effects outside dining/conversation)
  • No decent food
  • No breakfast place
  • No public center/square
  • Bad traffic flow/circulation
  • No significant entry
  • No demand for business
  • Lack of local business support/shop locally
  • Human diversity (ethnic/racial)
  • Not sustainable
  • No reason/draw to be here.
    Top Likes
  • Small town
  • Local Youth Park
  • West County Trail
  • “Green“ mind-set (ecologically conscious)
    Top Dislikes
  • Trucks/traffic
  • Insufficient support of local businesses
  • No draw to be here
  • No public gathering place

  • Maintain bike/ped lane-lighted crosswalks — with all road construction
  • Round a bouts

  • Housing — Commercial — Industrial
  • Diverse usage — economic
  • Design review for downtown
  • "Green" architecture
  • "Green" business practices
  • Live/work units
  • Maintain small town atmosphere
  • Pedestrian byways
  • Open space/tress
  • Outdoor gathering place

  • Downtown
  • Town Round (instead of square)
  • No Big Chain stores/franchises

  • Services
  • River edge sewer service
  • Recreation
  • Entertainment
  • Community Relations
  • Sustainable development

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