Community Engagements for Arcata Gateway Area Plan
The City of Arcata Community Development Department continues to plan additional public engagement opportunities, including ways for the public to learn more about the next steps in developing a form-based code for the Arcata Gateway Area.
The second presentation in this series will be held on Tuesday, August 16, from 6-8 p.m., via
Zoom. This meeting will include additional information from the City’s design consultant, Ben
Noble, and will cover additional design standards proposed to regulate building scale and
massing, as well as additional information on proposed building heights by zone and community
benefits. The meeting recording will be available on the City’s Youtube channel at
This meeting will include virtual polling and participants will be asked to weigh in on building
standards, to provide additional information to the City Council and Planning Commission in
advance of the joint study session scheduled for the evening of August 23rd.
To participate in the meeting, please use the following link/information:
When: Aug 16, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Design and Form-Based Code Virtual Workshop
Webinar ID: 880 0093 8400
If you are unable to attend but would like to submit comments, please email the Community
Development general inbox at [email protected] with ‘cc’ to Delo Freitas at
[email protected] Staff will ensure that comments submitted are forwarded to the
Planning Commission and City Council. The Planning Commission and City Council can also be
contacted directly through their City email addresses which are available on the City’s website at
cityofarcata.org/446/Planning-Commission and cityofarcata.org/547/City-Council-Members.
The first presentation in this series was recorded on June 29th, 2022 and is available for review
on the City’s YouTube channel. That meeting included an hour-long presentation from the City’s
design consultant, Ben Noble, as well as 30 minutes for general Q&A from the public following
the presentation. Community members are encouraged to watch this presentation in advance of
the August 16th workshop.
Additional Background Information
The Community Development Department released the draft of the Gateway Area Plan on
Wednesday, December 1, which provides details regarding how Arcata’s Gateway Area could be
redeveloped to create more housing opportunities for the community.
The Gateway Area Plan draft will be circulated to the public for approximately one year before it
can be adopted by the City Council, and members of the public may review the Gateway Area
Plan draft and an associated explanatory video on the City’s website.
City staff held the first series of public meetings to discuss the contents of the draft December–
April of this year. Video recordings of many of these meetings, including the virtual Town Hall,
Planning Commission and City Council meetings are available to view on the City of Arcata’s
Upcoming public meetings will focus on building and neighborhood design and other topics of
interest. These conversations will also provide an opportunity for Arcata’s residents to share
feedback about community benefits and amenities they would like to see in the Gateway Plan
Area. The dates for these meetings will be provided as they become available. Planning
Commission hearings on the Gateway Area Plan are ongoing and the schedule can be accessed at
Community members are encouraged to sign up for the Community Development Department’s
Long Range Planning & Community Visioning email notification list to stay updated on public
comment and engagement opportunities by clicking the eNotifications Sign Up button on the
homepage of the City’s website.
Based on engagement to date, the Community Development Department has identified common
concerns related to the draft plan and has created a fact sheet for the public to review. The fact
sheet is updated over time and is available at cityofarcata.org/964/Frequently-Asked-Questions.
Arcata residents are encouraged share their input and reach out to the Community Development
Department with questions regarding the draft of Arcata Gateway Area Plan. City staff can be
reached by email at [email protected] or by calling (707) 822-5955. In addition, City
staff is available to meet with individuals or groups of community members interested in
discussing the plan. Please contact (707) 822-5955 to schedule a virtual or in-person meeting.