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The events described below are sponsored by the County of San Diego and open to all Alpiners - COMMUNITY INPUT IS NEEDED  Reprinted with permission from the Alpine Community Network     
February 22, 2012 (Alpine) -- To all Alpine residents, landowners, and business operators, your input is needed this week for creating the Alpine Village Core Implementation Plan.  

What is it? 

During the County of San Diego's General Plan Update process, Alpine updated its Community Plan and identified it's "Village Core". The area designated as Alpine's Village Core includes about 40 acres surrounding the "5-Way" intersection of Alpine Boulevard, Arnold Way and Victoria Drive.
The Alpine Village Core Implementation Plan will include a master plan and a new zoning implementation plan that will use an innovative "form-based code" approach. This will customize a development code specifically for Alpine's Village Core. This will be an update to the current S-90 Zoning designation, which is a Holding Area Use Regulation.

Why should I care? 
This plan, with specific design standards, will determine what the center of Alpine will look and feel like as old buildings are replaced and new buildings go up. It will help unlock the economic potential of the Village Core through flexible land use on private property while building upon Alpine's unique community character.
The intent is to allow local land owners to develop new shops, offices, homes, parks, and plazas on Alpine Boulevard that provide both a local amenity for residents and a destination for travelers. The draft master plan and code will help create momentum to pull Alpine out of the current economic slump.
The triple-hit of the 2007 fires, the 2008 economic collapse, and the construction of the Sunrise Powerlink have taken a serious toll on Alpine. This project will help give land owners, investors and business operators an easier path toward starting something new in downtown Alpine.
How can I participate? 
The County of San Diego will host  public workshop/open-house sessions at the Alpine Women's Club to take your input for drafting the master plan and zoning approach. At these events, you will be able to learn from the County and urban planners about the possibilities, study displays, maps, and weigh in on the styles of construction that you feel best express Alpine's unique character. You will also be able to help Alpine Revitalization update the vision for Alpine.
Event Dates
Friday, February 24th, 1 - 7 PM 
Presentations at 2:00pm and 6:00pm with open-house and displays before and after
Saturday, February 25th, 2 - 6 PM 
Presentations at 3:00pm and 5:00pm with open-house and displays before and after
Alpine Women's Club
2156 Alpine Boulevard (and West Victoria Drive)
How is this connected to previous visioning and planning in Alpine? 
This effort builds on the General Plan Update. It is also the next step in implementing Alpine's Revitalization vision. Back in 2004-2005, over 53 different Alpine community groups (representing over 4500 residents) sent delegates to collaborate on a vision for Alpine. Their work was revisited and updated in 2006, and it included vision elements for all of Alpine Boulevard. This new effort will incorporate those community defined vision elements into a form-based code for the Alpine Village Core.
Does this have anything to do with the Sunrise Powerlink?
 This project is not related to the Sunrise Powerlink. While there are streetscape improvements in the project area that are part of SDG&E's obligations in Alpine, the planning for those improvements was done in 2009.
Will the Village Core Implementation Plan affect all of Alpine Boulevard?
 This project is just for the 40-acre area, a few blocks in each direction, around the 5-way intersection at Alpine Boulevard and Arnold Way and Victoria Drive. The attached study area map indicates the S90 zoning in green. Even if you don't own property in this area, you will want to participate, because this will help the County also appreciate what is desired outside the Village Core to ensure that new construction is consistent with the community's vision.
Where can I learn more? 
About the General Plan Update:
About Alpine's Revitalization work:

Who can I contact? 
If you have any questions please contact the team working on this effort:
Primary: Howard M. Blackson III, PlaceMakers, Urban Design Consultant 
Secondary: Joe Farace, County of San Diego, Project Manager 
Local: Joe Sterling, Sterling Insights, Facilitator 
1646 Peutz Valley Road, Alpine, CA 91901 
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Your community input is highly valued!   


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