First Draft Specific Plan (December 10, 2019)
Notice of Availability Village South Specific Plan First Public Draft
The City of Claremont (City) has released the first public draft of the Village South Specific Plan to allow early viewing in advance of an extended public review by City Commissions and the City Council beginning early next year. Two additional chapters will be added as work on those is completed. The City is in the process of preparing a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to analyze the potential impacts that could result from the approval of the Document. The Draft EIR is expected to be circulated for public review in February and March 2020.
Summary: City Staff and its consultant team (Sargent Town Planners) introduced plan concepts and solicited comments from the public and affected groups and agencies in late July and August 2019. At that time, the City identified a possible range of development that precipitated heavy public comment. In all, the City received over 150 comment letters and emails that were split fairly evenly between those wanting lower development and fewer residential units and those who were supportive of the concepts as proposed. Most of the objections assumed a maximum build scenario of development that is not likely to be developed under the plan. The City has since lowered the amount of development being analyzed in the EIR to represent a more realistic build out for the project.
Project Location: The Claremont Village South Specific Plan (VSSP) addresses approximately 24 gross acres in central Claremont (Plan Area). The Plan Area is located immediately south of Claremont Village, and includes the block bounded by Indian Hill Blvd, Arrow Highway, Bucknell Ave, and Santa Fe St, as well as the parcels immediately fronting the east side of Indian Hill Blvd between Arrow Highway and Santa Fe St, excluding the Claremont Villas Senior Apartments Parcel. Additionally, the Plan area includes the public rights of way of Indian Hill Blvd, Arrow Highway, Bucknell Ave, Santa Fe St, and Green Street adjacent to parcels included within the Plan Area, collectively accounting for approximately 6 of the 24 acres of Plan Area. A map of the Plan Area is included below.
Project Description: If approved by the City Council, the VSSP will provide a vision, policies, standards, guidelines, and an implementation plan for public and private improvements for transit-oriented, mixed-use development within the Plan Area. Future development within the VSSP is envisioned as an expansion of Claremont Village, based on the Plan Area’s adjacency to the Claremont Village, the existing Claremont Metrolink Passenger Rail station, and the planned LA Metro Gold Line station. Proposed land uses include ground floor retail and related commercial uses in key locations of the plan area, general office uses, a range of housing types, and a shared parking system that includes two or more new parking structures. The Specific Plan would enable replacement of the existing development on site (with the exception of the buildings deemed to be significant historic resources) with a mix of retail, office, residential uses in buildings similar to those found in the Village Expansion Area and with streets and open spaces similar to those found in both the historic Village and Village Expansion Areas. A conceptual plan of what is shown below.
For more information or to make comments on the document, please direct your written comments to:
Mail: City of Claremont
207 Harvard Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Attn: Christopher Veirs, Principal Planner
Past Project Notices
Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report - Claremont Village South Specific Plan
This is the formal start of the EIR process and includes notice of the time period for providing initial comments regarding information that should be considered by the City’s environmental consultant as they review the potential impacts of the project or project alternatives. The primary purpose of the NOP is to solicit comments by the end of the initial comment period (September 3, 2019). The City’s Environmental Consultant will hold an informational meeting to provide information regarding VSSP and EIR process and to receive comments regarding the scope and content of the environmental analysis. The public meeting was held on Monday, July 29, 2019.
April 29, 2019 Neighborhood Meeting
City staff and the consultant provided a progress update, summarized the draft specific plan, and outlined the City's review process at neighborhood meeting held on Monday, April 29, 2019.
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.
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.
Photos from July 15, 2017 Public Workshop: