Cross-posted from Nextdoor.com: "Important Community Meeting About (2) Proposed 24-hour drive-thru restaurants (Arden Way/Watt Ave.) PLEASE COME to learn more about the development proposed for the shopping center at the Arden Way and Watt Avenue intersection across from Arden School. The purpose of this meeting is share information and gain community focus. We will discuss the variances requested by the developer, the potential impacts on the community, and gather feedback and input from the neighborhoods involved. The more people, the better :) Hope to see you there! WHEN: Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 PM WHERE: Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Avenue ***Note: This is not a CPAC meeting held via Sacramento County."
Once the Arden Arcade CPAC cancelled its May meeting, the library meeting space became available. Some of the citizens concerned about the project then reserved the room so the community could discuss it. Apparently the firestorm of public apprehension at the April CPAC workshop took the developer by surprise. At present, the project has not been submitted to Sacramento County for approval. The earliest that would happen would be in conjunction with the June 22nd CPAC meeting. The informal meeting on May 25th is a chance for the community to share ideas about the site and the direction it is going. Nobody is asking that it be torn down and replaced with a wildlife preserve; it is well-understood that it is a commercial facility overdue for improvement. Instead, the question is whether the County can achieve anything there that will serve the purposes identified in the adopted plans for the area -- things like mixed-use commercial development, commercial corridor viability, public safety, and non-degradation of the nearby neighborhoods.