Sunday, May 15, 2011

Another Form-Based Code is... now on the books.  This time in Paso Robles:

Form-based codes in Paso Robles – it's a first-of-a-kind adopted planning approach incorporated into a master document for the city hailed by San Luis Obispo Council of Governments and Paso Robles Community Development Department officials alike as setting an example for future planning.

Following years of public hearings, ad-hoc committee meetings, charrettes and public discussion, the city council moved forward this week with unanimously approving – with several motions – the new Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan.

Designed in collaboration with Moule & Polyzoides, the plan will lay the framework for new planning along an 1,100-acre area on the west side of Paso Robles.

Geiska Velasquez, representing SLOCOG, commended the city for its efforts made thus far.

"This is a plan that's really going to be an example for communities across this county and the region," Velasquez said.

City Councilman Fred Strong echoed a similar sentiment.

According to Strong, at a statewide meeting the Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan was hailed by state officials as an example of a positive approach to planning, "responding to the trends of the last 30 years and looking forward to the next 50."

Read the entire story here.

Chad Emerson.

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