Sustainable Design Assesment Team (SDAT)
Sebastopol is very fortunate to have been one of only 7 cities nationwide selected to receive a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) grant for 2013. This grant provides approximately $250,000 of professional design effort, at virtually no cost to the City, to study the downtown core and make recommendations for our future. A local group of architects, organizers of the very successful CORE Project (more info here), made the case and applied for this grant.
A preliminary team visited Sebastopol in February 2013, to receive input from local groups including Sebastopol Citizens. This input was used to select the actual 6-member design team that returned in May 15-17, 2013 for intensive workshops, explorations, interviews, and analysis. A 2-hour presentation of findings was made the last evening, and a hard-copy report will be produced in the next couple months.
All events were well-attended - about 200 on Wednesday for workshops/town hall and 200 on Friday at the presentation. Lots of specific ideas and strategies were presented.
A video of the presentation is coming, but not yet available.