OLSEN RANCH BEECHWOOD SPECIFIC PLAN
The community’s Economic Strategy is oriented towards a
future that includes a vital, expanding and balanced economy
where the great majority of Paso Roblans can live, work, shop,
Paso Robles needs to actively encourage compact, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood forms to accommodate a variety of income levels and lifestyles. Distinctive design concepts are sought to create streetscapes of beauty and functional benefit to pedestrians. It is through such effort that the “quality of place” is improved and presents an attraction for investment, commerce, and living. It is through “place-making” that economic development is achieved.
Therefore, the City Council is taking action to actively encourage community development in mixed use, compact, interconnected, and pedestrian oriented form.
The Olsen Ranch Beechwood Specific Plan area neighborhood concept harkens back to traditional neighborhoods where one could walk safely to a neighbor’s house, to the park, to the corner market, and to school.
The 2003 General Plan also includes many policies and actions that direct and support development of neighborhoods that have these types of traditional neighborhood qualities. The General Plan requires that a Specific Plan be prepared for the Olsen Ranch and Beechwood planning areas before development can be considered.
The City has been at work preparing a specific plan for this area that meets these high standards - to create a very livable network of neighborhoods with tree-lined interconnected streets, land use patters that include a mix of housing densities and uses, minimize the impact of cars, and promotes walking to meet daily needs. As a traditional neighborhood design, the Olsen Ranch Beechwood Specific Plan is being designed to encourage social interaction and balanced integration.
The General Plan provides a starting point for design
parameters, which allows up to 673 dwelling units (including 95
multi-family residences) within the Olsen Ranch, and up to 674
dwelling units (including 200 multi-family residences) within
the Beechwood planning area.
The early public participation phase of preparing this specific plan included a 5-day design "charrette". This is a method of public participation that brings all interested parties together for a series of days where everyone with a stake or interest participates directly with the consultant team to develop and review ideas about the project at hand.
Prior to conducting the charrette, baseline existing condition information was gathered to help inform the charrette participants in developing the plan. This helped narrow down development constraints, and identify the special qualities about the area that should be protected such as the beautiful landforms and stately oak trees. View pre-charrette information [pdf:5mb/23pp] provided.
Out of this intensive, multi-disciplinary process, detailed design concepts, including a plan layout with block patterns and circulation, a regulating plan that indicates where different land uses and densities should occur, and architectural concepts for future buildings were created. This information was put into what is called a “Charrette Catalog”, and is the basis of the draft specific plan being prepared.
Links to the various topics in the Charette Catalog is provided below. The first few links include images from the Charrette and existing conditions information. The next few links provide images of how the planning area is intended to be designed with streetscapes, open space areas, and the overall plan layout. The last links to the catalog provide information and images of the architecture, uses, and regulations intended for this planning area. The Draft Specific Plan will provide greater detail of this information in addition to all of the information required by State law.
The project schedule anticipates completion of a public review Draft Specific Plan by the end of June 2007. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which is being prepared concurrently, is planned to be completed by mid-October 2007. Additional public workshops and public hearings will be conducted upon completion of these documents. The City anticipates holding public hearings on this project by Winter 2008.
For more information contact the Community Development Department at (805) 237-3970.
Click on the links below to download and view the named section of the catalog.