Above: 1/2 mile radius around the SMART Station (yellow) and Transit Mall (blue). Image courtesy of Google Earth.
The City has received an $800,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) to update the Downtown Specific Plan to increase height (currently maxes out at 10 stories) and support a higher density downtown, as well as reduce parking and create more robust transportation to help enable foot traffic.
The City has begun streamlining opportunities for certain infill projects, transit-oriented development and projects consistent with the Downtown Specific Plan in order to fulfill the grant.
The current Downtown Specific Plan supports up to 10 stories; however, the tallest building in the downtown core is five stories with most building at three levels or lower. The City is hoping that development through its opportunity zones initiatives Opens a New Window. can reduce per-door fees for higher rising building and help spur housing development.