Workshop 1

Summary

Highlights based on online survey and workshop meeting:

  • The Berryessa BART Urban Village should…
    • Enhance regional connectivity and reduce barriers between the neighborhoods through improving street connections and creating walkable, well-scaled and safe street life
    • Preserve and interconnect natural open space corridors, such as creeks and parks
    • Promote high-density development concentrated close to the BART station, to maximize the vitality of the village and to take advantage of transit services
    • Promote mixed-use development on mid-rise buildings predominantly
    • Minimize the number of high-rise buildings, while respecting the existing neighborhood character in the area
    • Promote compact and taller buildings close to the BART Station, industrial areas or roadways
    • Promote a diverse mix of building typologies with retail services on ground floors
    • Promote varied and engaging outdoor green spaces, including green rooftops and gardens
    • Promote sustainable practices, including zero net energy (ZNE) buildings
    • Foster an authentic sense of place through introducing local-serving public amenities, such as a library, community center or school

    The survey online used a voting scale to measure the community’s sentiment about the proposed value statements presented in Workshop 1. Below is the voting scale and the summary of the community input on the most important value statements, presented on a percentage (%) of preference from “Strongly Agree” to “Strongly Disagree.”

    Survey Workshop 1 results: color key

    Community and Quality of Life results in a pie chart: 68% strongly agree, 17% agree, 6% neutral, 2% disagree and 9% strongly disagree
    • “The BBUV should connect existing and new residential areas to the BART station, creeks, and commercial development through safe, convenient, and pleasant public spaces”
    Transportation results in a pie chart: 62% strongly agree, 24% agree, 7% neutral, 3% disagree and 5% strongly disagree
    • “The BBUV should prioritize walking/biking/public transit/other modes of transportation so people feel healthier and more connected while being less dependent on cars”
    Transportation results in a pie chart: 13% strongly agree, 10% agree, 11% neutral, 27% disagree and 39% strongly disagree
    • “The BBUV should prioritize parking & driving, so it’s easy to drive through it quickly, even if there is less room for public spaces, & peds/bikers will find it harder to travel safely & conveniently”
    Environmental Sustainability results in a pie chart: 63% strongly agree, 27% agree, 6% neutral, 2% disagree and 2% strongly disagree
    • “The BBUV should protect & preserve ecosystems along Penitencia & Coyote Creeks, while increasing access to local & regional trail systems”
    Village layout results in a pie chart: 54% strongly agree, 32% agree, 7% neutral, 4% disagree and 2% strongly disagree
    • “The BBUV should prioritize mixing residential & commercial developments to make it easier for people to live, work, & find services close by”
    Village layout results in a pie chart: 33% strongly agree, 27% agree, 18% neutral, 14% disagree and 8% strongly disagree
    • “The BBUV should prioritize commercial buildings near the BART station & residences further away, so BART commuters don’t need to walk through the residential areas”