Design Charrettes

This summer, two public design charrettes have been the forum for working with the community to systematically refine Vallejo’s vision and expectations for the corridor. Charrette 1 (June 24 to 27) focused on clarifying the 2013 Corridor Design Plan’s vision, range of expected outcomes, and land use activities. Charrette 2 (July 22-25) began to identify the form-based zoning standards and details necessary for successfully implementing the Specific Plan. Also, the zoning standards were explained and tested with the general public to make sure they are easy to use and to understand. This information will result in a draft Specific Plan and form-based code standards available in early 2015.

What is a Charrette?

A charrette is a collaborative design and planning workshop where stakeholders and the community have a chance to learn what’s happening in the Specific Plan area and provide input. During the charrette, a multidisciplinary team of planners, architects and engineers will collaborate with citizens, City staff and City officials to help bring forth a vision that will direct the long-term improvement and future of Sonoma Boulevard. The ideas and concepts for Sonoma Boulevard, developed during the Charrette, will ultimately translate into the goals, policies, objectives and actions in the Specific Plan.

Why you should Attend

The charrettes are for the purpose of moving forward with the 2013 Corridor Design Plan’s recommendations and getting into the details of implementing those ideas. Over the course of the charrette, important decisions about the character and scale of development along the Sonoma Boulevard Corridor are made. Residents with an opinion are invited to come to the public events and let their voices be heard. The charrettes allow you to have a direct hand in the planning process, and watch as detailed design proposals are created. Attendees include property owners, business owners, neighbors, general community members, decision makers, and members of special interest groups. The results of the charrette process will directly impact the direction of the development along Sonoma Boulevard.

Charrette 1: June 24 – 27, 2014

Click here to view materials from Charrette 1.

Design Charrette 2: July 22 – 25, 2014

Design Charrette 2 was held on July 22 to 25, 2014 at 415 Virginia Street in Downtown Vallejo. The charrette offered several opportunities for the community to get involved.

Opening Community Presentation
Tuesday, July 22, 6 PM to 8 PM

Brown Bag Lunch – Form-Based Coding
Wednesday, July 23, 12 Noon to 1 PM

Community Open House
Wednesday July 23, 6 PM to 7:30 PM

Closing Presentation
Friday July 25, 6 PM to 8 PM

Informal Open Studio
One-on-one conversations with design team members
Tuesday July 22, 10 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday July 23, 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday July 24, 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Friday July 25, 10 AM to 12 Noon


Click below to view the full-size Charrette flyer.
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