One of the most striking and valuable assets of San Mateo Avenue is the diverse community that is served by businesses along the corridor. Through civic engagement, the City will learn the needs of business owners and regular visitors and will develop a plan that seeks broad buy-in from community members and stakeholders who will need to champion the project. The following number of meetings will be conducted spread across the entire project timeline to ensure thorough community participation and feedback:
- Community Walk-shop
- Online Survey
- Drop-in Community Workshop
- Traditional Public Meeting
- Stakeholder Meetings
- Planning Commission and City Council Meetings
Past Community Events
- Community Meeting 3
- Planning Commission Study Session
- Drop-in Community Workshop 2
- 'Walk'shop - Community Workshop 1
On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, a community meeting was held at the Senior Center offering the public to give their input regarding the conceptual ideas of the San Mateo Avenue Streetscape Plan. Wednesday evening's meeting commenced with introductory comments, describing actions and progress of up to date drafts and actions by the consultant team (WRT) by Darcy Smith, City of San Bruno's Community and Economic Development Director. Also, in attendance were Rucha Dande, Project Manager/Associate Planner, and David Wong, Engineer in the Public Works Department.
A comprehensive report of all the opportunities and meetings was given that citizens could express their ideas regarding various improvements. He narrated a PowerPoint slide show of photos, maps and photo simulations of the conceptual designs that was created from community input and WRT's expertise. Mayor Rico Medina, Councilman Marty Medina, Police Chief Ed Barberini, Park and Recreation Commissioner David Nigel, Planning Commissioner Mary Lou Johnson were in attendance and heard all the questions from the audience and responses by the Architect.
At the end of the presentation, community members were given time to look at the displayed boards to take a closer look and provide input, if any. Comments and ideas were heard by the architects and city staff. These inputs will be incorporated into the draft Streetscape Plan prior to presenting the report to the City of San Bruno Planning Commission and the City Council in Summer 2019.
View the complete Community Meeting 3 Streetscape Plan Presentation (PDF).
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, conceptual design of the San Mateo Avenue Streetscape Plan was presented to the Planning Commission. The objective of this meeting was to provide an update on the progress and results of community outreach process to date and receive initial input on the conceptual designs. Design concepts for streetlight, street furnishing, bulb-out treatment, landscaping, Centennial Plaza and Posy Park were presented at this study session. The planning commissioners gave their valuable input on design concepts that would help guide the preparation of the Final Streetscape Plan.
Note: All designs, concepts, ideas and examples of the street features and open spaces shown in the presentation are only conceptual designs. None of the designs shown in the presentation have been finalized. It is meant for discussion and input only.
On Saturday, March 30, 2019, on a beautiful day at the Citibank Plaza on San Mateo Avenue (next to 475 San Mateo Avenue) around 75 people participated in the walk-in community workshop between 11 am - 4 pm.
At this workshop, the City and the consultant team displayed boards to layout the understanding of existing conditions and preliminary concepts of the Streetscape Plan. The community participants were given an opportunity to give feedback on the existing conditions and the preliminary concepts and also had an opportunity to provide input on potential themes for signage, public art, street lights, public seating, and miscellaneous custom urban elements. Feedback tools included surveys, "dots" exercise on graphics (to assess preferences), and Post-it notes comments on a large existing conditions map/aerial photograph and boards.
This on-site " walk-in pop-up" event was a great way to provide input especially for those who were unlikely to attend an evening meeting. Temporary methods were used to mock-up specific potential improvements which included changes to the curb alignment to provide space for public use or additional planting area or adding furniture and potted plants to certain bulb-out areas or a "parklet" in a parking space. One of the boards included a prioritization exercise including seating, lights, signage, trees, etc. where people could stick a dot to vote for their priority theme.
View the Drop-in Workshop Flyer (PDF) to learn more. Thank you to everyone who came and participated in this workshop!
Tuesday morning, March 12, 2019, 37 community members including the San Bruno City officials, Mayor Rico Medina, Councilman Marty Medina, City Staff, Board, Commission, and Committee Members, actively participated in the two hour "WALK SHOP - a walking tour of San Mateo" for the San Mateo Avenue Streetscape Plan project. The purpose of this tour was to observe and make suggestions for a major improvement plan of the Downtown.
Participants observed the shops, sidewalks, intersections, benches, bicycle racks, paseos and all points of interest. The architects encouraged comments, suggestions, and ideas of each person's vision towards the improvement and upgrading of the San Mateo Avenue. A wide spectrum of creative ideas were expressed and the consultant team and the City staff recorded the ideas that would assist them in creating a plan that would eventually be presented to the San Bruno City Council.
To learn more view the 'Walk'shop Flyer (PDF).