Community Engagement

Listening to the needs and concerns of our community is an important step in any project – and is essential when making changes to a street as impactful as N. McDowell. We engaged with our community through meetings, workshops, and more to help shape the vision for the future of this important roadway.


We held a Virtual Community Meeting on Wednesday May 10, 2023 to:

  • Share the status of the project and upcoming work
  • Discuss potential traffic impacts
  • Receive feedback and answer questions from the community

CLICK HERE to view a recording of the meeting.


On September 28, 2022 we held an informational meeting to review:

  • An overview of the project and planned improvements.
  • How community feedback is factored into our final design.
  • What to expect in regard to construction and traffic impacts.
  • Answers questions and responses to concerns.

Nearly 40 community members attended the meeting and Spanish interpretation services were available.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can watch a recording HERE. Please note, approximately the first 40 minutes of the meeting are a presentation by City staff with the remainder dedicated to discussion.


On January 26, 2022, the City of Petaluma held a community-wide public workshop to discuss plans to reconstruct and repave North McDowell Blvd. between Old Redwood Highway and Sunrise Parkway. Our City team shared a presentation outlining the purpose of the project, ideas for improvement, and available funding, then opened the session up to the public to share their perspective.

We were pleased to have over 50 community members attend the meeting and share their concerns, ideas, and hopes for project. We have taken this important feedback into consideration and have updated our designs to reflect many of your ideas (see images on right of page).

We have presented these designs to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. Thank you to all who took the time to engage in this crucial conversation with us. McDowell is one of the most traveled roadways in Petaluma and our goal is to make it the best it can be for all users.

  • CLICK HERE to view notes recapping the workshop and input from the public.
  • CLICK HERE to view a recording of the workshop.
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