Update and Meeting for the Downtown Specific Plan

The City of Santa Maria Community Development Department has completed a draft of a revised Downtown Specific Plan (DTSP) and invites the public to attend a community meeting on Wednesday, July 22nd.  The DTSP was originally adopted in 2008.  The plan encompasses an area of approximately 50 blocks, radiating out from Broadway and Main Street (State Highways 135 and 166). The revisions to the plan focus on the following areas:

  1. Streamline review processes but maintain public hearings for the more prominent projects;
  2. Add flexibility to the plan, particularly for reuse of existing buildings;
  3. Beautify private property in Downtown through maintenance and improvements in partnership with Downtown businesses through incentive programs;
  4. Beautify the public realm in Downtown through streetscape improvements, such as improved sidewalks, crosswalks, medians and street trees;
  5. Attracting more community events Downtown; and
  6. Improving the perception of safety in Downtown.

The draft revised DTSP is available for viewing at the City’s website, http://www.cityofsantamaria.org/home/showdocument?id=12024 and in the Community Development Department at 110 South Pine Street, Room 101.

Anyone interested in learning more about the revised plan, and the City’s planned efforts to improve the Downtown area, is invited to attend a community meeting on Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at Shepard Hall in the Santa Maria Public Library, 421 South McClelland Street.

Public feedback on the draft plan will be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council at public hearings on the revised DTSP in late summer, early fall of 2015.

Questions, comments or ideas about Downtown may be directed to Peter Gilli, Planning Division Manager, at 925-0951 extension 369 or by email at pgilli@cityofsantamaria.org.