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Petaluma to hold three meetings on SMART stations

Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.

Petaluma area residents are invited to three workshops in the next two months to discuss the future of the planned SMART railroad stations.

The draft report prepared by Opticos Design with input from a citizens advisory committee and the public at previous workshops is now available on the city's web site.

In the coming months, city staff and its consultants will lead the additional workshops to review the draft plan and proposed city code changes related to the station areas' development.

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit has two planned stations in Petaluma.

The downtown station, at the renovated historic rail depot on Lakeville Street between East Washington Street and East D Street, would be used during the train's initial phase.

The Corona Road station, to be located near Corona and North McDowell Boulevard, could include a park-and-ride area. It is planned for the railroad's second phase, after 2015.

The workshops will include discussions of how to plan development around the stations to encourage ridership and improve interaction between the station sites and existing commercial, employment and residential areas.

The committee will meet June 7 and 21 and July 19 at the Petaluma Community Center club room. The meetings will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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