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Save the Date!

Support the Proposed Community Impact Report for Retail Development in
Date: June 16th, 2008 7:00 PM
Location: Petaluma City Council 11 English St., Petaluma

The Living Wage Coalition, Petaluma Neighborhood Association,
Petaluma Community Coalition, Petaluma Independent Business
Association, Sonoma County Conservation Action and Petaluma Tomorrow
have introduced a proposed Community Impact Report (CIR) requirement
for new large retail developments to the City of Petaluma. The City
Council will consider our CIR ordinance and discuss a staff report at
this meeting. The CIR is an innovative policy tool that can help
policy-makers and staff to make informed decisions about proposed
large commercial retail. The CIR complements the Environmental Impact
Report (EIR) by considering the potential impacts of proposed large
retail projects on small businesses, public health and social
services, job quality, and affordable housing. Our legislation is
similar to CIR requirements adopted in other California cities such
as San Diego and Los Angeles, and a recent state law passed in Maine,
the Informed Growth Act. A CIR will encourage more sustainable and
equitable development in the City of Petaluma, and can serve as a
model for other cities in the county.
Please come to the City Council meeting on Monday, June 16th to
demonstrate your support for Community Impact Reports!
For more information on the CIR proposal and to view the language
proposed, please go to: http://www.livingwagesonoma.org