RIO VISTA — Hundreds of Rio Vista residents packed into the multipurpose room at D.H. White School on Friday for a town hall meeting with members of the visiting Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team – much to the delight of the RioVision Steering Committee leaders and others.
“The number of people here is a sign of a tight community,” said Wayne Feiden, the team leader as he addressed the crowd before breaking the audience into groups of about 50 to answer four questions from the visiting team’s members.
The questions were:
Each group had similar answers to most of the questions, such as Rio Vista is: historic, comfortable, resistant to change, in need of a movie theater, and lacking a planned waterfront.
Most groups had some of those issues being corrected in two years and even more in 10 years’ time.
At least one group had the city’s population ballooning to 30,000 in a decade.
Others saw hotels and recreation facilities being built with more restaurants coming to town.
Most wanted direct city access to any new Highway 12 bridge, while making sure the bridge’s design matches existing city architecture.
Getting the community involved in the process of planning its future is crucial.
“I’m just thrilled to see the people here,” said City Councilman Jim McCracken. “The people are going to make this happen, but it’s not going to be something that will just happen overnight.”
He echoed something Feiden said earlier: “We have to realize it’s going to take steps. But at least we are starting something.”
All of the input the visiting team gathered Friday will find its way into the final report, which will be presented to the public during a 6 p.m. Monday meeting back at D.H. White School.
“Having the expertise that these people present, the knowledge that they bring – and they’ve seen other cities – I think what they come up with on Monday night at the final (presentation) will be very important,” McCracken said. “I think we need to heed what they say, and really look at it closely.”
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