Central Southeast Planning Area

The City of Fresno has selected a consultant team led by Raimi + Associates and Sargent Town Planning to prepare the Central Southeast Area Specific Plan.  The 2,200 acre area has suffered from disinvestment in recent decades and is characterized by a mix of suburban housing developments, industr

ial uses, incomplete public facilities, and large undeveloped parcels.  The plan will provide a vision, policies and standards for more complete, better connected neighborhoods and centers, and market based strategies for reinvestment in infrastructure, private properties, and good quality neighborhood infill development.  The plan area is bounded on the north and west by the Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan, the consultant team for which included Raimi + Associates and senior staff of Sargent Town Planning.  

Wilshire Boulevard

At their meeting of June 29, the Beverly Hills City Council approved a contract with Sargent Town Planning for the preparation of the Southeast Community Plan.

 The Plan encompasses an area of approximately 700 acres in the southeast quadrant of the City, including approximately 1 1/2 miles of Wilshire and Robertson Boulevards, and almost a mile of Olympic and La Cienega Boulevards and Doheny Drive.  The Plan is focused primarily on these major urban corridors, and how they may better contribute to the local economy and the quality of life of the residents of surrounding neighborhoods.  Working with the community and the Southeast Task Force, the consultant team will develop strategies and designs for rebalancing each corridor from an auto-dominant through route to a more pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use place that better supports commercial and civic amenties while providing improved all-mode mobility for residents and visitors.  The first of Beverly Hills' two new Purple Line Metro subway stations - now beginning construction - is located at the corner of Wilshire and La Cienega, and the Plan will include "first/last mile" improvements to leverage the value of this major regional infrastructure investment for the residents of Beverly Hills.

The City of Indio selected a team led by Raimi + Associates and Sargent Town Planning to update their general plan.

 A top priority for the update will be defining a comprehensive vision for evolving old Highway 111, a defunct retail mall, and vacant and underutlized properties to a city center boulevard with mixed-use centers and walkable neighborhoods, well connected to a revitalized downtown district and civic center just to the north. STP will lead the team's work with the community to reimagine this area, and to better connect it to the newer neighborhoods and retail centers north of the freeway, and to the Coachella Festival grounds to the south.  A unifying circulation and public space framework plan and place-based land use designations for the entire City will be the firm's main deliverables, weaving together the many existing and future development projects into a unified city plan. The R+A/STP team recently completed a similar effort for the City of Palm Desert, just to the west of Indio.

Indian Hill Corridor Plan Area

At their meeting on March 28, the Claremont City Council unanimously authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Sargent Town Planning (STP) to prepare a specific plan and environmental impact report for a 17-acre area at the south entrance to the historic Claremont Village.

City staff reported that STP's proposal was one of 15 received, and that after interviewing 5 teams the staff unanimously recommended the STP team for the job. The plan is funded primarily by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), under a TOD planning grant for this area within walking distance of Claremont' existing Metrolink station and planned Gold Line Station scheduled to open in 2025.  Key project objectives include enabling a valuable new mix of uses within currently underutilized and vacant properties, extending Claremont's unique village character south of the tracks, defining a beautiful south gateway to the Village from Arrow Highway, and providing new pedestrian and bicycle connections from neighborhoods south of the tracks to the new transit stations, the Village, and the colleges.  The STP team includes our frequent collaborators Raimi + Associates, Nelson\Nygaard, Metroplitan Research + Economics, Crabtree Group, Gibson Transportation, and Meridian Consultants.

Antelope Valley Hospital

Through a nationwide competitive selection process, Sargent Town Planning has been selected to work with the City of Lancaster and the Antelope Valley Healthcare District to prepare a master plan and development code for a 240 acre district in the center of Lancaster, California.

 For the past decade, the City has been systematically pursuing a strategy of reinvestment in its center, with a focus on complete, walkable, transit-servable, mixed-use places.  Successes to date include the remarkable revitalization of its downtown core and planning for transit-oriented development surrounding its commuter rail station area.  Just a half-mile to the west the Health District plan area - with well over 100 acres of vacant land surrounding the existing hospital - represents a rare opportunity to surround an existing healthcare facility with an urban district focused on community health and wellness.  

The plan will define a flexible framework for the expansion of the core healthcare campus, and for its integration into a surrounding mixed-use district that will include medical and health related uses, housing, support commercial, and civic spaces and facilities. Stakeholder engagement and conceptual design are underway, with a draft plan scheduled for public review by early 2017.  The STP team includes HGA Architecture for healthcare planning, HR&A for economic analysis and development strategy, Nelson/Nygaard and Stantec for transportation and infrastructure planning, Studio One Eleven for collaboration on infill types, and Meridian Consultants for environmental review.  

The City of Pasadena has selected a consultant team led by Nelson/Nygaard and including Sargent Town Planning, Lisa Wise Consulting, and Melendrez to prepare citywide Form-Based Street Design Guidelines.

The project is funded by a grant from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) as part of their on-going initiative to promote sustainable communities, active transportation and transit. The guidelines will provide a framework within which the functional classification system of the recently adopted Mobility Element will be integrated with an urban context classification system.  STP and LWC will collaborate with City staff in developing the context classification framework, based on review and analysis of the City's existing general plan, specific plans, zoning, and form-based design guidelines.  STP and Melendrez will collaborate with Nelson/Nygaard in designing an adaptable system of thoroughfare types and public frontage types to guide and prioritize future improvements to streets throughout Pasadena. Then guidelines will also be structured to to help inform and facilitate the subsequent preparation of form-based zoning standards.

At their May 20 meeting the Rancho Cucamonga City Council voted unanimously to award the contract for this 1,200 acre specific plan, general plan amendment and environmental impact report to a consultant team led by Sargent Town Planning.

 The plan will define a vision and implementing standards, guidelines, and financing and development strategies for a series of new, sustainable, walkable neighborhoods and neighborhood centers on a large infill site adjoining the wild open space of the North Etiwanda Preserve north of town.

The planning process – which will include close consultation with residents of adjoining neighborhoods, public agency stakeholders, and the Rancho Cucamonga community – is expected to produce the new Specific Plan within approximately one year.  The STP team includes frequent collaborators Raimi + Associates, Lisa Wise Consulting, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants, Dudek Environmental Consultants, Michael Baker International, and Calthorpe Analytics. 

The City of Burbank has selected a consultant team led by Sargent Town Planning to prepare new zoning standards for mixed-use development in a variety of contexts throughout the City.

 Standards will address the appropriate scale and character of development, mixes of uses, and parking arrangements for new mixed-use development in and around the Downtown, near transit stations, adjacent to major employment centers, and along a number of the city’s main corridors.  The team also includes STP frequent collaborators Lisa Wise Consulting for zoning code and market feasibility support, and Studio One Eleven for mixed-use development design expertise.  Funding for this project is provided by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) as part of their Compass Blueprint program for smart growth implementation.