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* 1. Do you live in the Gerstle Park neighborhood?

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* 2. Are you submitting this survey on behalf of a neighborhood association or organized group?

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* 3. What do you like most about the Gerstle Park neighborhood?

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* 4. What are your biggest concerns about the Gerstle Park neighborhood?

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* 5. As you visualize the neighborhood in 20 years, what major changes or improvements would you like to see?

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* 6. Please review the text below, which was drafted in 2001-2003 by the City of San Rafael to describe the Gerstle Park neighborhood:

Gerstle Park developed as San Rafael’s first residential neighborhood in the 1800s. The neighborhood in the 19th century included summer homes for wealthy San Franciscans who used these dwellings only a few months of the year. The early 1900s saw the development of working class bungalows and Arts and Crafts homes, many of which have survived. Located south of, and adjacent to, San Rafael’s downtown business district, the neighborhood’s northern boundary is formed by the transition of commercial to residential land use. A mix of housing including single-family, duplex and multifamily units has been built on the flat portion of the neighborhood. The residential density and architectural character of the neighborhood was altered in the 1950s and 1960s when some of the older, historic homes were replaced by apartment buildings. However, the area still retains one of San Rafael’s largest concentrations of Victorian and turn-of-the-century homes. The Gerstle Park neighborhood has one of the highest residential housing densities in San Rafael. The neighborhood includes the six-acre Gerstle Park, Short School Elementary School and a mixture of residential architectural styles. Neighborhood issues that need to be addressed are traffic problems such as lack of parking, excessive speed and protection of neighborhood streets from the impacts of through-traffic, adequate drainage, maintenance of streets and sidewalks, historic preservation, and private property maintenance.

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* 7. Please review the "Vision for 2020," which was adopted in 2004 for the Gerstle Park neighborhood:

"Gerstle Park is a unique, historic and walkable neighborhood in close proximity to Downtown. It is essentially built-out and will remain a very diverse and active residential neighborhood with relatively little change. Opportunities should be taken to visually upgrade or replace apartment buildings to be more compatible with the historic neighborhood design character, preserve historic structures and architectural character, reduce impacts of through-traffic on neighborhood streets, and restore adequate parking on neighborhood streets."

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* 8. Please review the General Plan policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Gerstle Park neighborhood:

Policy:  Preserve and enhance the residential and historic character of the Gerstle Park neighborhood by:
(a) Protecting the existing mixed residential area, strictly limiting rezoning to higher densities;
(b) Prohibiting additional nonresidential development in Gerstle Park except as allowed in zoning regulations;
(c) Protecting hillside ridges and the visual backdrop of the ridges fringing the neighborhood;
(d) Preserving historic homes by encouraging new development or significant remodels that enhance the historic architectural character of the neighborhood; and
(e) Requiring that adjacent Downtown land use designations and developments are compatible with and do not negatively affect the neighborhood and that sensitive transitions occur where Downtown development abuts neighborhood residences.

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* 9. Please review the General Plan Program below, which was adopted in 2004 to implement the Policy shown in Question 8:

Program: Use the development review process to encourage design and use consistent with this policy (refers to the policy in question 8).

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* 10. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Gerstle Park neighborhood:

Policy: Preserve and enhance the distinctive design character of the neighborhood, including historic design features.

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* 11. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Gerstle Park neighborhood:

Policy: Improve the street facade and entryway of Albert Park.  Consider the addition of a public pool.

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* 12. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Gerstle Park neighborhood:

Policy: Preserve and enhance Mahon Creek.

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* 13. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Gerstle Park neighborhood:

Policy:  Improve bicycle and pedestrian linkages and landscape treatment of major entry roads from the Downtown area, such as B, C, and D Streets.

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* 14. Please review the General Plan Program below, which was adopted in 2004 to implement the policy in Question 13:

Program: Provide landscaping improvements along B, C, and D Streets.

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* 15. Please use the space below to list any new long-range planning policies or action programs you would like to see considered for the Gerstle Park neighborhood.

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* 16. (Optional) Please provide your name and contact information below, in the event we need to contact you to discuss your responses:

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