About the Downtown Precise Plan
The Downtown Precise Plan (DTPP) was adopted by the City Council on January 24, 2011, and was amended on September 10, 2012, July 22, 2013 and most recently on May 23, 2016. The DTPP describes the vision for the future of Downtown, regulates private development, and recommends potential future City projects.
February 13, 2017 City Council Study Session
During a recent February Study Session, the City Council listened to public input and gave guidance to the next steps for DTPP implementation. View the staff report from the study session here. These discussion items will return to the City Council for community input and consideration within the next six months.
Proposed or Recent Amendments
The following amendments to the DTPP are under consideration or recently approved by the City:
Active Ground Floor Uses on Main Street & Beyond
On March 28, 2016, the City Council initiated consideration of requirements for active ground floor uses on Main Street between Broadway and Middlefield, and of ways to incentivize retail. This consideration was in response to concerns that a number of formerly retail uses were being converted into office space, taking away from the pedestrian experience in this portion of the downtown. Based on Planning Commission support, the City Council adopted the draft amendments on September 12, 2016. Click here to see the presentation summarizing these changes.
Level of Review Authority
On February 22, 2016, the City Council directed staff to consider amendments to the Downtown Precise Plan to require Planning Commission review of new development over 3 stories or 35 feet. These amendments also include a "catch-all" statement that allows the Zoning Administrator to refer projects to the Planning Commission as determined appropriate. Based on Planning Commission support, the City Council adopted the draft amendments on November 28, 2016.
Reservation of Units for Affordable Housing
On May 23, 2016 the City Council amended the Downtown Precise Plan to reserve 15 percent (375 units) of the maximum allowable residential development for affordable housing. This action assists in allowing affordable projects to be constructed in the downtown and meet the City's housing goals. Relating to this item, the City Council considered additional information about the funding of affordable housing on April 11, 2016.
Sections of the Downtown Precise Plan
The DTPP is a large document, so for your convenience it has been broken down into its various sections for easier navigation and download. To access the full plan, click here (25 MB).
Book I - Community Intent and Guiding Principles
Book II - Development Regulations
- Historic Preservation
- New Streets
- Public Frontage
- Building Placement and Landscaping
- Building Height and Disposition
- Facade Composition
- Architectural Character
Book III - City Actions
- Historic Appendix:
- Open Space Appendix
- Acknowledgements and Amendments
Environmental Impact Report
To view the DTPP Environmental Impact Report, click here.