At their March 10 meeting the Fontana City Council awarded the contract to update the City’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance and prepare a Downtown Specific Plan to a consultant team led by Stantec.

 Sargent Town Planning will lead the team’s urban design work for the General Plan Update and Zoning Code Update, and will lead the team’s effort in preparing the Downtown Specific Plan.  Stantec’s Urban Places Group, based in Boston, Massachusetts, will be directing the project and collaborating with STP in all phases of the work, and Lisa Wise Consulting will be leading the Zoning Code Update and supporting STP in preparing the Downtown Specific Plan.  Stantec – a large multi-disciplinary consulting firm – will provide most of technical services for the project, and additional team members include Raimi + Associates for health and sustainability planning and policy advisement, and Kosmont Companies for economic and fiscal strategy and analysis.

At their meeting on May 19 the San Fernando City Council unanimously approved the selection of a consultant team led by Sargent Town Planning (STP) to assist the City in preparing a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Overlay Zone for much of their downtown,with a focus on promoting mixed-use neig

hborhood development and housing within walking distance of the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink commuter rail station. Funding for this work is provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) as part of their grant program for cities along major transportation corridors to help develop more sustatinable, transit-supportive land use and development patterns. STP is currently completing new TOD Zoning for the City of Lancaster's downtown neighborhoods and Metrolink station area under a previous Metro grant.

The STP team includes frequent collaborators Raimi + Associates, who will provide support with policy updates, general plan amendments and public outreach, and Meridian Consultants who will prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). The team also includes multi-modal transportation experts Nelson/Nyggard Consulting Associates and Gibson Transportation Consulting to assist the team in rebalancing transportation modes to favor pedestrians, bicyclists and transit, and Metropolitan Research + Economics who will help craft market-based development strategies.

The City of Moreno Valley has selected a consultant team - led by Raimi + Associates with Sargent Town Planning leading the urban design work - to prepare a vision plan for the Nason Street Corridor.

This planned transit corridor connects southward from the I-60 Corridor - for which Raimi and Sargent recently prepared updated zoning recommendations – through a commercial district and a series of developing neighborhoods. Funding for the plan is provided by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) as part of their Compass Blueprint program for smart growth implementation.

The plan will define a vision and strategies for balancing pedestrian, bicycle and transit modes with automobile circulation, along with streetscape improvement and mixed-use development recommendations to help promote sustainable development and build long-term value throughout the corridor. A key focal area for the plan will be around the intersection of Nason Street and Allesandro Street, also identified as an important transit corridor, for which the Raimi team prepared a corridor plan under another SCAG grant in 2011. The consultant team includes Fehr & Peers for multi-modal transportation planning and Metropolitan Research + Economics for market-based development strategies.

 

On April 24 the Palm Desert City Council unanimously approved the selection of a consultant team led by Raimi + Associates with Sargent Town Planning to assist the City in updating their General Plan, and in preparing Highway 111 Corridor Plan for the Palm Desert segment of the historic Grapefruit Highway.

At their meeting on April 24 the Palm Desert City Council unanimously approved the selection of a consultant team led by Raimi + Associates with Sargent Town Planning to assist the City in updating their General Plan, and in preparing Highway 111 Corridor Plan for the Palm Desert segment of the historic Grapefruit Highway. Raimi + Associates - a Berkeley-based planning firm with whom Sargent Town Planning share offices in Los Angeles and Berkeley- specializes in preparing general plans, with an strong focus on community health, sustainable neighborhoods, and social equity.

Sargent Town Planning will support the general plan update effort with urban analysis, design concepts, visualizations and recommendations. STP will lead the preparation of a community-based vision plan and new development standards and guidelines for the Highway 111 Corridor, focusing on strategies for better integrating it with adjoining neighborhoods and with the remarkable El Paseo shopping district just one block to the south.

Sargent Town Planning is honored to be part of the top-ranked consultant team for the City of Riverside's upcoming Smart Code Specific Plan project.

On March 13 David Sargent represented the firm as the the multi-disciplinary team - led by Opticos Design and principal Stefan Pellegrini - was interviewed by City's Evaluation Committee and presented its proposed project approach to over 40 community members. The City requested that the community members evaluate which of the two finalist teams they felt would be the best fit for Riverside, and by a large margin the community ranked the Opticos/Sargent team highest, calling the team approachable, honest, creative, organized, respectful, and thoughtful.