Downtown Recovery Plan Amendments

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The Planning Department and the Planning Commission have been working on development standards for the Pacific Avenue Retail District and the Front Street/Riverfront Corridor since the City Council provided direction to undertake a massing study for this area in October 2014.

The areas of focus include Pacific Avenue between Cathcart Street and Laurel Street, and Front Street between Soquel Avenue and Laurel Street. This area includes the METRO Pacific Station property and surrounding properties and along Front Street.

The effort and direction is not intended to be an entire re-write of the Downtown Recovery Plan or to modify the successful policies and standards that have served the City well for the past twenty-five years.

Instead, the work is to write development standards to focus on opportunities to achieve some of the key City objectives (e.g. providing additional housing and connections to the Riverwalk), while still preserving the positive aspects of downtown and the original vision as developed from the post Loma Prieta earthquake Vision Santa Cruz process.

Please review the following links for more information:

Downtown Recovery Plan, General Plan and Local Coastal Plan Amendments

 September 15, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting

August 18, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting 

July 21, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting

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