The City needs your help to determine what several mixed-use areas should look like and what uses they should include.
Neighborhood and Transit-Oriented Placemaking is an important planning objective for the City Council–appointed Horizon 2035 community advisory committee. Based on initial Open City Hall feedback, many of you also believe it is an important objective for the draft Land Use and Transportation Element.
To achieve this objective, the LUTE proposes several mixed-use areas that include commercial, public, and residential uses designed to be compatible with surrounding neighborhoods, create dynamic gathering spaces, establish unique visual character, provide nearby services, and reduce reliance on automobiles.The LUTE proposes three types of mixed-use areas, as described and shown in the maps to the right and below.
Village Center Mixed Use
- Planned for locations adjacent to residential neighborhoods at existing neighborhood commercial sites
- Neighborhood-serving establishments
- Pedestrian-oriented design: active ground-floor uses and generous outdoor spaces
- Easily accessed by pedestrian and bicycle networks
- Potential for regular transit service
- Unique design guidelines to address form that matches the surrounding neighborhood
- Neighborhood gathering spaces (e.g., plazas, coffee shops, community gardens)
- Specific design and allowances to be refined by an area plan with community outreach
- Residential densities up to 18 dwelling units per acre
Corridor Mixed Use
- Regional-, community-, or employment-serving retail uses in conjunction with residential uses
- Along major corridors such as El Camino Real
- Entertainment and dining establishments
- Residential in floors above commercial or office uses
- Residential average densities of approximately 24 dwelling units per acre
- Provide activity “nodes” along road corridor
- Access and parking for vehicles and bicycles
- Connection point for transit stops
- Aimed at enhanced street design and character
Transit Mixed Use
- Located within walking distance of a major rail station
- Provide housing, work, and services close to transit
- Iconic architectural features
- Variety of uses and residential densities at different price points
- Potential very high density residential developments up to 65 units per acre
- High-intensity commercial and office uses
- Buildings up to 8 stories
- Specific design and allowances refined by an area or specific plan
Some of the mixed-use areas are being built today, while others are planned for the future. Most of the Village Centers are new concepts we are proposing. The City needs your help to determine what these mixed-use areas should look like and what uses they should include. Take the Survey below to have your say.