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Chamber Asks Healdsburg For More Time to Work Out Downtown Clutter Guidelines

City Council to discuss the issue at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Healdsburg City Council will decide later this month whether to allow the Chamber of Commerce leaders more time to work out the details of a proposed self-regulated system for business sidewalk displays.

"We critically need them to give us this extra time (until mid-January) to hear from everyone and put forth our proposals," said exec Eric Hall in a letter to fellow downtown merchants.

Hall, a member of the Downtown Business District Subcommittee on Merchandising, urged his business neighbors to attend the Healdsburg City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at

"A negative vote on this issue would have major impacts on our ability to do business and attract customers," he said.

Hall said the proposal being discussed was in response to c

Healdsburg Mayor Tom Chambers asked Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business District leaders to develop guidelines to self-regulate the issue and to have the guidelines ready for various public reviews in time to be implemented by the end of the year.

But Hall said the Chamber and its business members need more time to find a way to provide a little space for product displays and merchandising on the sidewalks in front of stores.

That would alleviate the fear expressed last month that City Council wanted to "sterilize"  the downtown sidewalks.

Hall urged his fellow business owners to come to the meeting and "be prepared to talk about how sterilizing our sidewalks will hurt your business and your employees, and our town," he said.

 

 

 
Lee November 21, 2011 at 04:55 PM
I heard it was leftover business from the last meeting.
Stephen Moore November 21, 2011 at 05:30 PM
How did we get in a position where the stupid make decisions for the intelligent?
Keri Brenner November 21, 2011 at 05:42 PM
According to the above comment by Lynn Goldberg, senior planner for the City of Healdsburg, the topic of downtown sidewalk clutter is not on the agenda for the Nov. 29th meeting, as was stated in the Roadhouse Winery email. We will look into this and get back to Healdsburg Patch readers.
Lynn Goldberg November 21, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Sorry, my error. There IS an item on the agenda that covers a report from the merchants. My apologies!
Keri Brenner November 21, 2011 at 07:32 PM
OK it does look like the discussion on downtown sidewalk clutter will, in fact, be on the agenda for Nov. 29 Joint Meeting of the Healdsburg Planning Commission and Healdsburg City Council. No agenda is posted yet but check back at the City of Healdsburg website. http://www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us/index.aspx?page=22&recordid=2217&returnURL=%2findex.aspx

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