Congratulations to the Strawberry community for making itself heard and successfully resolving the PDA question at the board of Supervisors meeting. Thanks to Supervisor Sears and the Board for hearing our request.
What now? Two critical related items are showing up very quickly:
1) We’ve all seen the news about the deal to sell the Seminary property to a family trust from Ross. There is the potential for this to be either very positive or very negative, but it could have a transformative effect on Strawberry in very real ways within 2 years. Despite the nuance in the papers, this process isn’t over, it’s just starting. Supervisor Sears suggested that their reps contact us to reach out to the community, a role we’re happy to take. As this unfolds, it’s important that everyone participate in raising our concerns and communicating our wishes to the proposed buyers and their developers as they think about land use.
2) Supervisor Sears asked her fellow Supervisors to remove Strawberry’s PDA designation in order to give us room to vision what we want Strawberry to be. We think it’s time to review and reaffirm the 1973 and 1982 Community Plans, and update them to reflect what’s been done and what needs to be done to maintain that high level vision of Strawberry as the town we all love today.
To get the community’s thoughts on these issues, we’re hosting an event at the Strawberry Rec Center 4/27, where we’ll:
* distill the key points of the Strawberry Community Plan for those who aren’t familiar with it
* distill the key points of the Seminary Master Plan for those who aren’t familiar with it
* share research and information we’ve found regarding the Strawberry infrastructure (traffic, schools, water, etc.)
* share what we’ve learned about the plans to develop the Seminary property from the proposed buyers based on our meetings with them
* find out what YOU think about the new plans and where they match or miss against our Plans so the developers can hear community issues
Look for more information here on the website in the next couple of weeks, or subscribe to our blog to stay up to date. Please mark your calendar!