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About the Plan

A master plan guides land use and development in a way uniquely suited for a particular area, in this case the Village and Barrio neighborhoods. Including the Barrio in the master plan can improve the relationship between the two neighborhoods and recognize what makes the Barrio unique. Together both neighborhoods are designated a “smart growth opportunity area." A master plan can help capitalize on proximity to transit and other attributes that gave the Village and Barrio this designation.

Ideas to enhance the Village and Barrio that could be considered through a master plan include:

  • Incentivize and attract development
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  • Emphasize the focus on pedestrian connections through land uses and building and street design
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  • Support future housing needs for all income groups
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  • Support access on bike and foot within the two neighborhoods and to adjacent areas, across the railroad and to the beach
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  • Recognize and be sensitive to historic and cultural resources
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  • Encourage quality design

Implementation

In 2018, hearings to consider plan adoption before the Planning Commission and City Council will be scheduled. See the project schedule for more information.

If the City Council approves the master plan, plan implementation will proceed as follows:

  • For portions of the Barrio and Village in the Coastal Zone, the master plan will require approval by the California Coastal Commission before it is effective in the Coastal Zone. The Coastal Commission’s review would occur after and separate from the city review process and will take approximately 18 months to complete.
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  • For portions of the master plan not in the Coastal Zone, Coastal Commission approval is not required, and plan provisions will take effect following their approval by the City Council.
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