South Merced Committee members sought
MERCED – The City of Merced is seeking people to join the Citizens Advisory Committee for the South Merced Specific Plan Project. The 17-member committee would help design a plan for the growth and development of the area bounded by West Avenue and Highway 99 and Childs Avenue and Mission Avenue/Dickenson Ferry Road.
The South Merced Specific Plan will be used to guide future urban development in the area. Committee members will serve as advisors in the preparation of a land use map, circulation plan and development of policies on land use, mobility, open space, housing and infrastructure, such as sidewalks and streetlights.
Some ideas discussed for the plan area include a neighborhood shopping center, a regional park and an industrial and business park.
Committee members will lead a tour of the area for the City’s consultants so their first impression comes from the people who live and work in South Merced. The Committee also will hold five public community workshops and numerous small meetings with agencies and groups with an interest in the area.
The committee will be made up of residents, business owners and members of groups and organizations that represent the interests of the plan area. The members will be appointed by the City Council and serve a one year term.
The applications are available online at the City’s Web site, www.cityofmerced.org, or at the City Clerk’s Office on the first floor of the Civic Center, 678 W. 18th, Merced.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Jan. 25.