Oxnard Downtown District Master Plan - Oxnard, California

Idealized perspective of new Plaza Park design with mixed-use development
Idealized perspective of new Plaza Park design with mixed-use development
Perspective of new mixed-use buildings on the park
Perspective of new mixed-use buildings on the park
Town houses on Fifth Street at west edge of Downtown District
Town houses on Fifth Street at west edge of Downtown District
New infill development at Fifth and A
New infill development at Fifth and A
Trais station parking lot reimagined as a parking plaza
Trais station parking lot reimagined as a parking plaza
Courtyard housing types for multi-family neighborhood infill
Courtyard housing types for multi-family neighborhood infill
The new Plaza half of the Plaza Park
The new Plaza half of the Plaza Park
Conceptual district organization diagram
Conceptual district organization diagram
Typical page from form-based code - the first adopted by a Californa municipality
Typical page from form-based code - the first adopted by a Californa municipality

To generate a comprehensive vision and implementing code for revitalization of the Oxnard's historic core, the City retained Sargent Town Planning, in association with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and the Gibbs Planning Group. The team had previously prepared a master plan for the Plaza Park area at the center of the downtown, and the Downtown District Master Plan and Code was to extend and codify that work for the entire district. The Master Plan was produced in draft form through a series of public workshops and a one-week Design Charrette.

The Plan consisted of three parts, including a Development Code, a Public Realm Master Plan, and a Business Plan, outlining physical improvements and management actions to be undertaken by the City to attract, support and retain business in the Downtown. In 1997 Phase 1 of the recommended public improvements was completed, including the reconstruction of "A" Street as a traditional retail street with angled on-street parking, and the reconstruction of the Plaza Park with a simplified traffic configuration that untangled years of difficulties. Over the past 15 years a significant number of infill projects have been constructed, and the initial phase of public improvements extended.

Project Information

Location:
Oxnard, California
Status:
Adopted 1994, partially constructed.
Client:
  • City of Oxnard
Size:
200 Acres

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