Projects

  • Montclair, California: Montclair Mall into a Town Center is a specific plan that provides the framework for transforming the existing Montclair Place Mall, a 1.8-million-square-foot shopping mall surrounded by surface parking lot, into a pedestrian-oriented, multi-modal, mixed-use downtown district within walking and biking distance of the extension of Metro’s Foothill Gold Line station,

  • San Dimas, California: A new light rail station located at the western terminus of the City's main street provides the catalyst for a new planning vision with robust preservation strategies that will maintain the downtown's historic character.

  • Montclair, California: The North Montclair Transit Village Specific Plan mitigates the City’s sprawl by establishing a framework and development strategy for a pedestrian-oriented retail and residential district surrounding the city’s regional transit center.

  • Fresno, California: This new plan addresses the long-term challenges of Fresno’s 7,200-acre core area, including the Fulton Corridor, the historic Fulton Mall and surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Los Angeles, California: Leveraging recent public investment in four new Gold Line stations, this new plan will enhance the public realm through a variety of innovative design, landscape, transportation, economic and preservation strategies.

  • Paso Robles, California: The Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan provides a vision for a 1,000-acre, 245-block planning area, merging rich historic traditions with contemporary needs.

  • Santa Ana, California: Santa Ana’s historic center is being transformed, rectifying the urban renewal-based practices of the past 40 years and leveraging the area’s historic and cultural character to attract new investment and reaffirm the City's identity.

  • Cotati, California: The faded downtown of Cotati, a Sonoma County city with a rich local history, has been revitalized with a charrette-led specific plan and form-based code that articulates historically sensitive restoration and new development.

  • King City, California: Immediately east of King City’s historic downtown lie 500 acres owned by Smith Monterey, a farming company that has owned the land since the early 1960s.

  • Ventura, California: The Ventura Downtown Code is one of the first Form-Based Zoning Codes in California—the result of an extensive and detailed analysis of downtown Ventura’s existing streets, blocks, buildings, public open spaces and landscape.

  • Paso Robles, California: The 470-acre Olsen Ranch/Beechwood Specific Plan provides the framework for a traditional neighborhood development in the City of Paso Robles, California.

  • Santa Clarita, California: An historic Southern California community located in the 250-square mile Santa Clarita Valley, Newhall has been gradually surrounded by suburban development over the past 50 years.

  • Placentia, California: This 110-acre transit-oriented district restores Placita Santa Fe, Placentia’s original town, and creates two new neighborhoods on derelict industrial land.

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Thoughts

  • Conventional zoning was meant to promote the health and prosperity of the public by regulating zones of exclusive use; in practice, however, appropriate use became much less important than the entitled amount of gross usable space and the physical envelopes of buildings.