Downtown Vision

Charrette Visions of downtown Oxnard

Republished from Ventura County Star
Feb. 2, 2016
By Staff Reports

Over the weekend, numerous Oxnard residents and business owners took part in workshops to envision a better downtown.
Results of the so-called “charrette” will be presented to the City Council during a study session this evening, Tuesday.
The process was guided by the state chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a nonprofit with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., that promotes walkable cities and neighborhoods.
Sparking the effort is $6.1 million to be spent downtown. The money comes from an agreement involving Oxnard’s former redevelopment agency and the Century Theatres RiverPark 16 multiplex that opened in 2012 in The Collection shopping center.Tuesday’s presentation will include ideas for “doable, achievable steps” to help revitalize the city center, said Roy Prince, one of the founders the Community Planning Group, an informal local citizens group that helped organize the charrette.
The session is to hear about results of the charrette, not to make decisions on projects.
In other business, the council will vote on a resolution saying it intends to update its local coastal plan to ban new power plants near the beach.
The study session on the downtown charrette starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday, with the regular meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. The council meets in chambers at 305 W. Third St.

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