Rochester Community Development “Neighborhood Week” Begins August 17th

Rochester’s Department of Community Development is planning a four-day family event starting August 17 to provide updates on planned changes to development rules and standards that will impact all residents of Rochester.

Dubbed Neighborhood Week, it will provide the public with an opportunity to share their comments on proposed updates to the city’s zoning ordinance while enjoying an outdoor experience in a park in every quadrant of the city.

The individual events are:

● 6 to 8 p.m. August 17 at Cascade Lake Park, 88 23rd Ave. SW

● 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. August 18 at McQuillan Fields, 1655 Marion Road SE

● 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. August 19 at East Silver Lake Park, 705 E. Silver Lake Drive

● 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. August 20 at Watson Sports Complex Park, 1000 Essex Parkway NW

Each event will feature a local food truck and the RNeighbors Building Blocks Neighborhood trailer with various board and garden games. An open lawn or playground will be available for those who wish to picnic or play.

Community members will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Draft Unified Development Code through a visual display of posters and to provide interactive commentary on topics that concern them. The community development team will be present at each event to answer questions from the public about zoning and development changes.

The first 50 participants will receive a free food truck ticket at the end of the poster display. A maximum of two tickets will be awarded per group.

Further information on the draft development code will also be available at an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 27 at the Development Services and Infrastructure Center at 4001 W River Pkwy NW, room B163A.

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Norma P. Rex

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