Public Realm Committee meets the first Thursday of the month, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in 180 East 5th, Skyway Level Conference Room B, unless otherwise noted.
Co-Chairs: Jauston-Charles Campbell and Jonathan Reisetter
The Public Realm Committee identifies concerns, issues, and related goals on topics that relate to public spaces, including parks, transportation, public safety, and other quality-of-life / livability issues. Committee members develop recommendations on these topics by discussing questions, such as:
- What is the problem we are trying to address?
- What are potential solutions or ways to address the problem?
- What stands in our way?
- Who could help us learn about this?
- Who else is interested in this issue (specific people or other organizations)?
- What are the major tasks that are needed to develop recommendations and would take substantial time to complete?
Recent Committee Updates
Oct. 3, 2019: Read the October Public Realm Committee meeting notes
Sept. 9, 2019: The committee met with City staff in the Parks and Recreation department, and talked about how parks-related projects get prioritized, and how district councils can be influential in those decision-making processes. Read the September public realm committee meeting notes
August 1, 2019: The committee continued discussion of the draft survey about potential park projects / improvements. Read the August public realm committee meeting notes
July 11, 2019: The committee discussed a draft survey for downtown residents and workers about potential parks projects / improvements, including how to distribute it and how the survey results would help identify high-priority activities that CRC could advocate. Read the July public realm committee meeting notes
April 4, 2019: The committee made two motions (please read the April 4, 2019 meeting notes for more info):
- Motion to recommend that CRC designate board member liaisons to regularly attend City meetings and to formalize communication with BOMA, the Downtown Alliance, and Council Member Noecker. The motion was tabled by the CRC board for further discussion. Please see the recommended changes to the CRC bylaws that could facilitate these formal partnerships.
- Motion to request that the City adopt PROWAG standards for the downtown street and sidewalk improvements. CRC Executive Director contacted City staff in Public Works and was told that the City does try to follow these standards as much as possible. The CRC board also voted in support of this motion.
March 7, 2019: The committee discussed goals and priorities for the following year, and the group selected the following top priorities:
1. Parks, green space, green things (planters, other ways of adding plants instead of concrete) and public art
2. Public safety, issues related to security cameras, and other police / public safety issues
3. Large-scale projects such as the proposed River Balcony