While residents of Vacaville continue to give their opinion on the draft public review of the specific downtown plan, the town planning commission will also receive information on the project at its meeting on Tuesday.
In recent years, the city has focused on developing a specific downtown plan, aimed at increasing the economic vitality of downtown Vacaville while improving its aesthetics and mobility. Senior Planner Tyra Hays wrote in a staff report that the goal was “to help reestablish the downtown core as the heart of the city and as a vibrant place providing residents and visitors with a truly urban experience. Vacaville ”.
“This experience will draw on its historic charm, pedestrianized environment on Main Street, a number of local businesses and quaint residential neighborhoods to differentiate the downtown area from other parts of the city,” she said. written.
Among the elements that should be included in the document are strategic improvements to streetscapes, pedestrian and bicycle connectivity, public gathering spaces, lighting, orientation and other elements of creation of places, according to the report.
A major component of the plan is public awareness, and previous presentations have been made to the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Solano Transportation Authority board and through a public webinar. Additionally, a public review period is currently in place, and people are encouraged to send comments to Hays for their opinion on the document.
The document’s two biggest development nodes are the expansion of Town Square downtown and the development of the vacant CVS Pharmacy site on East Monte Vista Avenue.
The Town Square Plaza, inaugurated in 2005, is a centralized space on Main Street bordered by the Town Square Library, the McBride Senior Center and several shops and restaurants. Hays wrote that it “is currently the most popular and recognizable place in the city center” and that staff are looking to expand it even further with infill, potential parking structures, improved access to CreekWalk and Andrews Park, and even new back roads and lanes on Merchant Street.
“Expanding the square into a ‘downtown’ will not only make it more functional for large gatherings and special events, but will also create an opportunity to unify other adjacent civic assets, including Town Square Library, McBride Senior Center, Andrews Park and Main Street, ”Hays wrote.
The building at 377 E. Monte Vista operated as a Longs Drugs and later CVS location until 2015 when it closed and moved to Depot Street. No company has occupied the 24,000 square foot space since, but Hays wrote that the site “presents an excellent development opportunity” that “would effectively support a higher density residential project given its many benefits.”
Benefits cited in the report included “convenient” road access off East Monte Vista, close proximity to downtown Transit Plaza, larger plots than the downtown subzone, and its designation. as mixed-use zoning, which could allow different types of development.
Other elements described in the draft document include potential visual connection points and corridors at the intersections of Main and Merchant Streets as well as Main and Davis Streets, pedestrian corridors, parking management, pedestrian and bicycle connectivity, prioritization of new housing projects and a streamlined review process.
The draft can be viewed at bit.ly/PublicDraftDTSP. The public comment period is open until June 18. Comments can be submitted to Hays at [email protected] or mailed to:
Tyra Hays, Senior Planner
Advanced Planning Division
650 Merchant Street
Vacaville, CA 95688
The public is advised to include “comments on the specific downtown plan” to ensure that comments are taken into account. Those comments will be presented to both the planning commission and city council at a later date, Hays wrote.
In other cases, the committee will vote on a three-year extension for the Southtown development agreement, consider the draft land use and development code update, and receive a presentation on Infill development concepts for the Allison Priority Development Zone that were designed by University of California, Davis urban design student instructor Emily Schlickman as part of a project.
The committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The meeting can be viewed on Channel 26 or the city’s YouTube page at Youtube.com/channel/UCLC4Gd7Z4rwlWOciZVhlJJw. Viewers wishing to participate in the meeting can join Cov.zoom.us/j/95836284733?pwd=Z1lQWm5xRnAzMEZIR2pxUFpTNlhmdz09 using the password “677771” and the “Raise your hand” function.
They can also be reached by phone at 877-853-5257 or 888-475-4499. Participants can dial * 67 so that their number does not appear on the screen.