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Riverside considers TIF for downtown

By Xiomara Levsen | Apr 24, 2013

RIVERSIDE —The city of Riverside is moving forward with a design firm to develop a comprehension plan.
On Monday, April 22, members of the community and city officials met with planners Gary Lozano and Lorin Ditzler, from RDG Planning and Design. They were selected from 10 proposals the city had sent out, City Administrator Rusty Rogerson said.
“I think it went awesome,” he said. “They took a lot of input from people.”
Rogerson said the firm asked what the attendees at the meeting thought the priorities should be. Several topics came up but the community center and the sewer system were mentioned the most.
The design firm will be working with Riverside through December at least, Rogerson said.
Councilor Chris Kirkwood was one of the attendees at the meeting.
“It gave us a place to sit down and talk about who we wanted to be and where we wanted to go,” she said. “I was just there to listen and wanted to see where it was going.”
Kirkwood said she heard about a couple of areas the city should consider including in the comprehensive plan.
“I heard a lot about the downtown,” she said, “the community building, and a possibility of a recreation center.”
Kirkwood said she was surprised by the Riverside’s projected growth estimate that the design firm had.
“I was disappointed by it,” she said. “They projected Riverside to only grow by 200 people in the next 10 years ­— that’s not growing. Other towns in the area, like Kalona, are growing at a faster rate than that.”
Kirkwood said the city would need to address zoning in the comprehension plan to help Riverside grow.
“People aren’t moving to Riverside because there is nowhere to build homes,” she said. “A lot of people are moving out to the rural housing developments near Riverside because there is space there to build a home. We need to address that. We need to have places for people to move to in Riverside.”
Kirkwood said a survey would be sent out to see what people would like to see in town.
The next meeting has not been set yet. A Web site has been set up by the design firm for residents to look at what the firm will be assisting the city with. The Web site is < www.rdgusa.com/crp/riverside>.

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