Fulton Corridor Specific Plan
The Fulton Corridor Specific Plan (FCSP), along with the accompanying form based Downtown Development Code, is both a visionary document that lays out the community’s long-term goals for the Plan Area, as well as an implementation tool for immediate and midterm actions needed to achieve the long-term vision. It provides detailed policies concerning a wide range of topics, including land use and development, historic resources, the public realm, transportation, and infrastructure. These policies provide the foundation for urban and economic growth, as well as the basis for the City to make the tough daily choices regarding growth, historic preservation, housing, transportation, the environment, community facilities, and community services. It provides predictable and clear regulations, reduces development costs, and alleviates uncertainty, making good projects easier to build Downtown.
The FCSP is comprised of eleven chapters that cover a wide variety of topics related to the revitalization of Downtown. Please click on the below links to access each individual chapter:
Additional resources that informed the creation of the FCSP include:
The result of an extensive public outreach process that involved input from hundreds of residents, business owners, property owners, City staff, and other agencies, the FCSP evolved throughout each of the following six phases:
- Discovery. In this phase, the Consultant team learns everything about the Specific Plan area, including its physical, economic, regulatory, and political aspects through in-field analysis, review of existing regulatory documents, and meeting with the City’s various departments, agencies, and stakeholders. The information is compiled into several reports, posters, and PowerPoint presentations, and presented to the Fulton Corridor Specific Plan Community Advisory Committee (FCSPCAC) and the community during several public meetings and workshops.
This phase concluded in early May 2010.
- Visioning and Design Workshop. In this phase the information and input received during the previous Discovery phase is translated into physical form and draft policy recommendations during a week-long Visioning and Design Workshop.
The Visioning and Design Workshop process is a method of public participation that brings all interested parties (municipal officials, developers, business owners, and community members) together for a series of days in which everyone with a stake or interest of any kind participates directly with the design team to develop and review ideas about the project at hand. The process is completely interactive and sees each of the plan’s components developed simultaneously in response to issues and needs posed by its various participants. City Staff are involved throughout and help facilitate input from a person or group that needs to be heard on a particular subject. In this way, the 'feedback' loops are ongoing and immediate, keeping unproductive or inappropriate results from being developed. At the end of each day, the design team summarizes what the Design Team, City Staff and the participants studied, achieved, and decided upon that day for the community's review and comment.
The Visioning and Design Workshop occurred September 27 – October 2, 2010.
- ”Unpacking.” The intent of this phase is to compile, describe, and distill the various strategies, outlines, illustrated ideas, methods, desired outcomes, codes, and implementation measures produced during the Visioning and Design Workshop, refine them as necessary and provide all of the materials for review by the City, the DNCAC, and the public. This Phase focuses on producing any refinements to any of the diagrams, drawings, memos, etc., that will be used in the Specific Plan document. The Consultant presents to the FCSPCAC and DNCPCAC the vision, policy recommendations, and implementation measures that were generated at the Charrettes. The CACs gives their final input prior to the consultant team beginning the Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan document.
“Unpacking” occurred in October, 2010.
- Specific Plan Preparation. In this phase, the Specific Plan document is compiled through the generation of several successive drafts. The Specific Plan will include all elements required by California State Law and will include:
- The Foundations of our Community Vision
- Community Form and Character
- Transportation and Mobility
- Implementation and Economics
- Form-Based Code
The public draft Fulton Corridor Specific Plan was released in mid-October, 2011 for review by the Community Advisor Committee and the community.
- Environmental Review. This phase is devoted to the generation of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in order to address the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), evaluating the potential environmental impacts of the combined Community Plan/Specific Plan/Downtown Development Code project. The environmental review phase also includes an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Fulton Mall project proposed in the Specific Plan, in compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).
The Notice of Preparation (part of the CEQA process) is scheduled to be released on April 1, 2011 with the Public Review Draft EIR ready for public review in Spring 2012.
- Public Hearings and Plan Adoption. This phase is devoted to navigating the final Specific Plan and EIR/EA through the public hearing and adoption process and is comprised of a series of workshops and hearings with the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the City Council. The final product is an adopted Specific Plan and EIR/EA.
The Adoption process is scheduled to begin in Winter 2013 with final adoption of the Fulton Corridor Specific Plan occurring in Spring 2013.