City Approves Guiding Principles for Village South Specific Plan
The City is moving forward on the Village South Specific Plan, a community vision for the area south of the railroad tracks along Indian Hill Boulevard. After a series of public input meetings, City staff and Sargent Town Planning drafted a set of Goals and Principles and presented them to City commissions and the City Council. On June 12, 2018, the City Council approved the Goals and Guiding Principles that will be used to prepare the draft Village South Specific Plan. Seven goals were approved that articulate the community’s vision for the area including the shape of the development, mix of housing and retail, diversity of housing, size and massing of the buildings, pedestrian and bike mobility through the area, and continuity of the Village character.
The Council also approved ten Guiding Principles to further assist in developing the plan:
1. Vital mix of uses
2. Complete streets
3. Human scale urban design
4. Walkable block structure
5. Village scale architecture
6. Pedestrian-oriented building frontages
7. Strong local landscape
8. Shared parking
9. Sustainable design
10. Community health
Using the Goals and Principles, Sargent Town Planning is drafting the Specific Plan and will conduct environmental review of the proposed plan this fall. This process is anticipated to take several months. Once a draft plan is ready, the City will hold a community meeting to gather feedback from the community. To learn more about the Specific Plan process or to submit feedback, please visit www.claremontvillagesouth.com.
July 15, 2017 Public Workshop
On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the City held its first public workshop to solicit public input on the Village South Specific Plan. The event was attended by over 50 citizens and produced many thoughtful comments regarding the project. The program began with an introduction by City staff and the lead consultant on the project, David Sargent of Sargent Town Planners. It included background on the project, early observations about the project area, and some potential planning and urban design options. Attendees were then divided into small working groups to develop and prioritize their ideas for the project with results then shared with the entire group. These suggestions will be summarized at future meetings regarding the project. Presentation slides from the workshop are attached below.
For more information, contact Christopher Veirs, Principal Planner at (909) 399-5486 or CVeirs@ci.Claremont.CA.US.
Photos from July 15, 2017 Public Workshop: