Imagine Scenarios for Vallejo’s Future, Today

Vallejoans came together last year to create a set of Guiding Principles for Propel Vallejo, the important ongoing effort to update the City’s General Plan and Zoning Code. Now, community members are invited to join in a more detailed conversation about the future—one that will result in three different possible future scenarios for change in the city.

Each scenario will portray a different approach for addressing Vallejo’s key challenges and making the most of its exciting opportunities. Later this year, the community will weigh in on the best elements of each of these options to include in a Preferred Scenario that will become the basis for the updated General Plan and Zoning Code.

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The scenarios focus on eight Opportunity Areas (shown at left). These are parts of the city where significant physical change is foreseeable and where that change can have the most positive impact on sense of place and catalyze economic development, with benefits for social equity and the environment. Vallejoans are being asked to imagine what change in the Opportunity Areas could look like and to share their ideas at a series of four community workshops in the coming weeks.

To allow time for detailed discussion, the four workshops will be grouped into two sets. One set of workshops in February will focus on the southern/western Opportunity Areas, while a second set in March will focus on the northern/eastern Opportunity Areas.

(Southern/Western Opportunity Areas)
(Northern/Eastern Opportunity Areas)
Thursday – February 26, 2015
6:00PM to 8:30PM

Florence Douglas Senior Center
333 Amador Street
Thursday – March 5, 2015
6:00PM to 8:30PM

Elmer Cave Elementary School
770 Tregaskis Ave
Saturday – February 28, 2015
10:00AM to 12:30PM

Norman King Community Center
545 Magazine Street
Saturday – March 7, 2015
10:00AM to 12:30PM

Solano Community College Vallejo Center
545 Columbus Parkway

Community members can also participate online or via smartphone. The City’s Open City Hall forum will feature a map-based activity that lets people contribute their ideas, and the project website features an Idea Wall discussion forum.

Anyone can also use the Propel Vallejo smartphone app to share photos and comments. Click here to install the app on your smartphone.

Please note that other areas of Vallejo that may experience significant physical change over the next decades include Mare Island and Sonoma Blvd between Redwood Street and Curtola Parkway, which are subject to recent Specific Plans and are not the focus of this General Plan update exercise.

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Where is the heart of YOUR Vallejo? Heart of Vallejo photo contest entries due February 13, 2015

graphic_polaroidTo launch its new mobile app, Propel Vallejo is holding a photo contest. Community members (no photography background needed) are encouraged to enter their images of what makes Vallejo special to them, answering the question, “Where is the heart of your Vallejo?” Contest winners, selected by a panel of local photographers and community leaders, will each receive a prize from local businesses, courtesy of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce.

To enter the photo contest, please see the details, rules and instructions below.


  1. Community members may submit up to three photos each.
  2. Photos must be taken in Vallejo.
  3. Photos must reflect the topic, “Where is the Heart of your Vallejo?”
  4. Photos must be accompanied by a caption describing how the image portrays the heart
  5. Deadline for entries is February 13, 2015.
  6. Cropping, editing and application of filters is allowed.
  7. Standard digital formats (JPEG, TIF, etc.) accepted. Maximum file size: 500KB.
  8. All entrants must agree to the copyright and consent statement below.

Copyright and Consent
By submitting a photo to the contest you certify that:
1. You are 18 years of age or older, or that if you are under 18, you have received your parent or guardian’s permission to post.
2. You grant a non-exclusive license to the City of Vallejo and its agents to use this photograph in any manner to support the City of Vallejo’s programs, services and mission. You also represent that you are the sole creator of the image and have the legal right and authority to grant such license.
3. You have received the express written permission of the guardian of any easily identifiable minor in the photo prior to taking the photo.

The City reserves the right to block or remove any photo deemed inappropriate (e.g. hate speech, violent imagery, nudity, obscenity, copyright infringement, or spam).

Submittal Instructions
There are three ways for participants to enter the contest:

Via Smartphone App
• Open the app (or access in a browser at
• Navigate to the Photo Contest
• Upload a photo and caption
• Agree to the conditions on the consent screen
• Enter your name and contact information so we know how to get in touch if you win

Via Email
• Send an email to:
• Include Heart of Vallejo in the subject line
• Attach your photo and descriptive caption (maximum file size: 500KB).
• Tell us your full name and phone number so we know how to get in touch if you win

Via USPS or Hand Delivery
• Send your photo and caption to:
          Mark Hoffheimer, Senior Planner
          City of Vallejo Planning Division
          555 Santa Clara Street
          Vallejo, CA 94590
• Reference the Heart of Vallejo Photo Contest
• Include a note with your name and contact information so we know how to get in touch if you win

Judges include Pearl Jones Tranter, local artist and General Plan Working Group member, Chris Riley, Vallejo Times-Herald photographer, and Tex Allen, local photographer and part-owner of Portrayou photography. Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Overall positive impact and representation of what makes Vallejo special
  2. Clearly illustrates the theme, “Heart of Vallejo”
  3. Originality of the subject and caption
  4. Technical excellence, including use of camera settings etc.
  5. Quality of composition and balance of elements in the frame
  6. Artistic merit

Winners will be announced at the March 10, 2015 City Council meeting.*

Three “Taste of Vallejo” packages featuring tickets to local events and prizes from local businesses will be awarded to the winning entrants selected by our judges. Winning photos will be featured on the Propel Vallejo website and posted at City Hall.



*Note: this date has been changed to allow the judges more time for their deliberations.

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Mobile App Puts Vallejo’s Future in People’s Pockets

With the launch of the Propel Vallejo mobile app, the City of Vallejo is continuing to expand the ways that community members can connect with each other and local decision-makers. One of the first of its kind even in the digitally-savvy Bay Area, the free app is the latest addition to the City’s cutting-edge arsenal of community engagement tools, which includes See-Click-Fix, Open Town Hall, and Participatory Budgeting.

The app provides a variety of information about Propel Vallejo, which consists of the General Plan Update, Zoning Code Update, and the Sonoma Boulevard Specific Plan. Building on a set of Guiding Principles that Vallejo residents have created, the update of the General Plan and related documents is intended to support a vibrant economy, safe streets, healthy lifestyles, thriving ecosystems, and a sense of community connectedness and pride.

Residents can use the Propel Vallejo app to learn about the City’s plans, post suggestions to an “Idea Wall,” and find out about upcoming events. The app will also soon feature a set of interactive walking tours to encourage community members to visit potential sites for new development and provide written or visual comments.

To help launch the app and find out what the community thinks are its greatest assets, the City is holding a photo contest, where people of all ages are encouraged to submit images of what makes Vallejo special to them, answering the question, “Where is the heart of YOUR Vallejo?” Contest winners, to be selected by a panel of local photographers and community leaders, will receive “Taste of Vallejo” packages with prizes from local businesses, courtesy of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce.

To install the app, use your phone or other mobile device to visit and add the app to your home screen, or visit Install the Propel Vallejo App for detailed instructions.

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State Route 37 Traffic, Infrastructure and Sea Level Rise Analysis – Stakeholders Meeting January 29th

The second stakeholders meeting for the State Route 37 Integrated Traffic, Infrastructure and Sea Level Rise Analysis will be held in this coming year, and the public is invited:

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Norman C. King Community Center
545 Magazine Street
Vallejo, CA 94590

1) Learn about potential inundation in the North Bay due to sea level rise. AECOM staff will present their draft inundation maps, based on 3 future sea level rise scenarios. These maps will be the basis for the risk assessment for marshes and highway.
2) To discuss specific planning steps and requirements to flexibly adapt to future changes. Caltrans and UC Davis will present a near (3 years) and mid-term (10 years) sequence of steps needed to develop a funded project for state route 37.

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Connecting Vallejo: The Bay Trail–Vine Trail Study Community Workshop

The Bay Trail-Vine Trail Study is looking at the preferred trail routes and trail design connecting American Canyon and existing trails along White Slough and on the Vallejo waterfront.

Join us at a community workshop to review the preliminary study recommendations.

STA_BayVineTrailStudy_Workshop #3 Flyer

Thursday, December 4, 2014

City of Vallejo Amador
Sport Complex
401 Amador St.
Vallejo, CA 94590

Do you want to get involved or have questions?

  • Visit the project information page on the Solano Transportation Authority web site:
  • Send comments or questions or ask to receive email updates about the study to Drew Hart, Associate Planner, Solano Transportation Authority, (707) 399-3214,

View the flyer for the workshop here.

View the Draft Feasibility Study here.

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Come Discuss the Future of Housing in Vallejo: Community Workshop Thursday, October 23th

The City of Vallejo invites residents to participate in a workshop to discuss the update to the Housing Element of the General Plan.  The Housing Element establishes specific goals and policies to guide the development of housing in the City.  The meeting objectives are to:

  • Provide an overview of State housing requirements
  • Discuss preliminary findings
  • Solicit community feedback on the Housing Element’s programs, goals, and objectives

Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:30 to 8:30pm
Mare Island Conference Center
375 G Street, Vallejo, CA  94592

See flyer for details.

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Bay Trail and Vine Trail Planning Underway

Both these popular trails are currently in active use by hikers and cyclists, but gaps in the trails mean there is no continuous connection through Vallejo. The Solano Transporation Authority is leading a study that will look at route options to close these gaps and link up existing trail segments along White Slough, on the Vallejo waterfront, and in American Canyon. Visit the STA website to learn more about the project and their upcoming public meetings and events.

Connecting Vallejo: The Bay Trail – Vine Trail Study

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Vallejo Rising Article

VALLEJO RISING: Don’t pass up this opportunity to shape our future
Posted on: April 8, 2014 by Patricia Kutza

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National Trust for Historic Preservation Blog Article

PHOTO TOUR: Revitalization Through Adaptive Reuse in Vallejo, Calif.
Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by Meghan Drueding

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Times Herald Workshop Article

Last Vallejo general plan community workshop is today
Times-Herald staff report POSTED: 03/25/2014 01:00:09 AM PDT

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