Howard Blackson – What’s Next (Podcast)

EPISODE SUMMARY Howard Blackson on what’s next for new urbanism, lessons from San Diego, and why people will be nicer to each other (among many other ideas). Listen to the …

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Designing for Resilience Across Scales, Systems and Sectors

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. EDTFrom climate change to rapid urbanization, social inequity to failing infrastructure, there are a wide variety of risks that can compromise a city’s …

CODING FOR COMMUNITIES WEBINAR FROM JULY 17: VIDEO POSTED

links for the webinar and video can be found below CODING FOR COMMUNITIES WEBINAR FROM JULY 17: VIDEO POSTEDCoding for Communities: A Pragmatic Guide to Zoning Reform Video Now Available …

CityBuilding Exchange in New Orleans, Thursday-Friday, October 10-11, 2019

The CityBuilding Exchange takes place every fall in New Orleans where a maximum of 85 community leaders enjoy the opportunity to learn how to address their community’s most pressing issues from the nation’s leading practitioners.

CNU 27 Louisville – Chapter Meet Up

Chapter Colleagues, I’d like to remind everyone of the two-big chapter driven events at CNU 27 Louisville. Both are Friday, June 14; the evening event is the Chapter Meet Up, an all-chapter …

Whose’s City? The Cradle of San Diego & Mission Valley’s Future

Another great podcast for the co-hosts of Whose’s City! In this audio recording, Co-hosts Larry Herzog and Howard Blackson explore the future of Mission Valley, including its hyper-dependence on the …

CNU 27.Louisville

About the Congress The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the nation’s oldest international nonprofit working to build great places and walkable, vibrant neighborhoods. CNU will host its 27th …

A Vertical Transect / Context Elevated

Urban Design I’ve been fussing around with a context-sensitive/form-based code for more urban neighborhoods for several years now. I’ve worked on creating many codes for small towns (San Marcos, CA …

The Pattern Project

From bestselling author Douglas Farr comes Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future. This book shifts the sustainability conversation towards the issue of how to change faster than ever …

Partners in Planning; Community Events & Tactical Urbanism

In this interview, City of Colton Senior Planner and Congress for the New Urbanism Board of Director member Mario Suarez AICP CNUa promotes the 3rd annual Museum Day in the …

Woodland County Fair Mall Retrofit Plan guided by NCI charrette process

In the U.S., e-commerce will likely comprise 25 percent of total retail within six short years. In less than 20 years, mall and retail center shopping will disappear as our …

Straight-Line Radius v Shortest Path Analysis: Finding the right tool for the zoning code

One of the main barriers to mixing uses within a development is the ‘Zoning Tool’ used to determine how close preferred uses can be to undesirable or nuisance uses. Of …

Charrette Project Overview

The CNU-California Chapter hosts an annual CNU-By-Design charrette program that provides educational and membership engagement opportunities statewide. The Charrette is an interactive, multi-day workshop that helps the sponsoring city visualized …

What We Heard

Our team met with the following stakeholders prior to and during the public charrette to gather background information, memories and expectations for the area:   City Community Development Staff City …

What We Saw

We experienced a reinvigorated Main Street, new commercial power centers on the I-5 interchanges, new housing in the southeast corner of town, beautiful older housing stock in the neighborhoods adjacent …

Our Approach

County Fair Fashion Mall has been identified as special study area in the City’s zoning ordinance update. These types of regional malls are failing across the nation. Just as many …

Design Concepts

Our team worked closely together with residents to formulate three overarching ideas to provide a vision for the site for design, coding and then implementation. Using our place-proven new urbanist …

Village Center

To transform County Fair Mall into an urban village center, we envision a phased approach that begins with building housing on the southern half of the property on the empty …

Proforma – Mixed Land Uses

A neighborhood-scaled mixed-use village center shifts the land use square footage from vacant retail to housing, retail and office. Missing middle housing is an urgent need in Woodland at price …

Street Network

Illustration of Boulevard ‘Slip Lanes‘ that allow for seamless transit flow into the thoroughfare. A mid-block crossing would allow for direct access from the transit station/stop into the Village Center. …

Mobility Network

Woodland is relatively compact compared to other suburban communities in the Sacramento region, making transit, walking, and bicycling viable. However, automobiles will remain the primary mode of travel in the …

Form Based Code

Form-based codes substitute building height, setbacks and other parameters for Floor-Area-
Ratios (FAR), a measure of how much square footage can be built on a given piece of land.

Market Considerations

CNU-California Member, Richard Hunt of Peloton Research Partners, conducted an initial market review for the prospects for new mixed‐use development at the County Fail Mall site. We examined the existing …

Implementation Strategies

Short-Term Steps Near-term steps that maintain and increase options for the mall’s repositioning should be favored strongly over those that may limit options. For example, signing only short-term leases (one-year …

Implementation Summary

Offsite Enhancement to Attract and Leverage Investment County Fair Mall’s adjacency to an active regional rail line is a particularly exciting opportunity for the introduction of passenger rail service to …

Market and Implementation Tactics

The following are a collection of ideas prepared by CNU-California Member, Scott Watkins, to serve as a short-term plan to increase the mall’s economic activity, decrease vacancy rates, and increase …

Woodland 3D Model

    Woodland 3D model by buildaberg on Sketchfab

Livingston 3D Model

    Livingston-downtown by buildaberg on Sketchfab

Incremental Urbanism is the Key to California’s Future

New Urbanism became famous for beautiful, walkable, master-planned projects. These developments were located on greenfield sites, and were big–often at the scale of an entire neighborhood or town. In these …

The Rise of Urban Design

For the past few years, I have been fortunate to sit on a couple of design review boards. My responsibility on these boards is, “limited to issues of aesthetics, including …

A Brief History of Downtown Oxnard

Like so many California towns – from San Francisco to San Diego – Oxnard began as a railhead for the export of agricultural produce to markets in the East. Recruited …

Oxnard – The Charrette Process

CNU-California Annual By-Design Charrette The CNU-CA hosts an annual By-Design charrette program that provide educational and membership outreach opportunities statewide. The charrette is designed to advise a city that requests …

Oxnard Public Participation

Local citizens led several events. We held the first charrette New Urbanism Film Festival on Saturday night at the local Plaza Theater with over 100 attendees. A pop-up studio space, …

Oxnard – Walking Tour

On Sunday, January 31, at 10:30 AM, approximately twenty CNU participants conducted a walking tour of Oxnard’s historic Downtown. Led by Gary Blum, Director of the Downtown Oxnard Merchants Association, …

Oxnard SWOT Analysis

Based on dozens of interviews, research and in-field studies, the following SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis highlights several the key opportunities and challenges relevant to the revitalization and …

Oxnard – Downtown Vision Plan

Over the course of five days, based on community input, analysis and design studies, the Charrette Team outlined a vision for the future of the Downtown emphasizing a human-scale, pedestrian-oriented, …

Rethink the Boulevard as a Public Space

Rethink the Boulevard as a Public Space Oxnard Boulevard has always been much more a highway than an urban boulevard. From the beginning, Oxnard Boulevard and First Street were primary …

3rd Street Bridge – Gateway Transformation

Greet Visitors with New 3rd St Gateway The Third Street bridge is perhaps Downtowns largest piece of infrastructure, providing much needed safety improvement and allowing the construction of the Oxnard …

Define Oxnard Boulevard Gateways

Define Gateways at 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th With Oxnard Boulevard finally under the City’s control, the strategy for using it as an effective conduit to bring increasing numbers of …

A Street: The Main Street of Downtown

A Street has always been the primary retail street of Downtown and is expected to remain so. In its early days it had the advantages of direct access from Five …

Oxnard Colonia Road | Bicycle Connectivity

To the north of the recommended 3rd Street bridge and library gateway, Deodar Avenue and Palm Drive offer a different type of gateway to A Street. They were originally configured …

Oxnard Plaza Park

The Plaza Park has unquestionably been the heart of Oxnard and the heart of its Downtown from the town’s beginnings until now. The two most distinctive structures in Oxnard – …

Plaza Park Infill Development

In its heyday in the 1920s, the Plaza Park was surrounded by fine, multi-story brick buildings and was a center of Oxnard’s commercial and civic life. Some buildings were lost …

Downtown Oxnard – Arts Hub

Successful economic revitalization models promote the role of art hubs in stimulating innovation and spearheading re-investment. Downtown Oxnard has an opportunity to attract development dependent upon an arts culture. Restaurants, …

Oxnard – Infill Development

Building Types and Massing As part of the 1991 Plaza Park Master Plan, a draft formbased development code was prepared for the entire Downtown area. We believe this existing code …

Downtown Parking Strategy

2009 Downtown Oxnard Mobility and Parking Management Plan Highlights Mobility and Parking Management Plan was developed to help the City accomplish the following goals: Ensure good access to the Downtown …

Key Findings

Downtown Oxnard is the City’s historic heart and contains the highest intensity of community life in the region. Downtown is Oxnard’s traditional gathering place for festivals, events, and commercial activities, …

Goals, Actions and Tactics

Intent These recommendations are organized to iteratively build upon each other over the next 10 years. With measurable objectives, we recommend testing, planning and re-planning to reposition Downtown as a compelling …

Implementation Thresholds

The goals is to build downtown housing in multiple locations, including micro units, to create much-needed additional residential units. Very high apartment rent rates reflect an under-supplied market and may …

Funding Mechanisms

Community partnerships are essential to implement this plan, and will need to pull from a number of various entities to create structures to trigger the variety of funding sources. And, …

Downtown Agency Model

The City of San Diego City Council has an agreement (MOU) with its Downtown consulting entity, Civic San Diego, which is a city-owned non-profit intended to be the entrepreneurial development …

Oxnard – Implementation Strategy Summary

Our nation’s preeminent town planner, John Nolen, wrote in his 1912 book, Replanning Small Cities, “The gravest neglect is the failure to replan and replan to meet increasing demands, to …

Newport Beach Project Overview

CNU-CA ANNUAL BY-DESIGN CHARRETTE The CNU-CA hosts an annual CNU-By-Design charrette program that provides educational and membership outreach opportunities statewide. The Charrette is designed to advise a city that requests …

What We Saw

Mariners’ Mile has a distinctly different pattern than Corona del Mar. The Coast Highway in Corona del Mar sits within the heart of a compact, walkable grid network of streets …

What We Learned

Mariners’ Mile, identified as special study area in the City’s General Plan, is more than a high-speed thoroughfare. Rather than seeing the entire 1.3 mile length as one type of …

The Benefits of Big Ideas

MAJOR THEMES Improve the quality-of-life in Mariners’ Mile to the level of expectation found throughout Newport Beach. This enhancement is intended to foster civic pride and a special lifestyle experience …

Newport Beach – Mariners Village

COMMUNITY CHARACTER •  Connects the waterfront to the neighborhood •  200 foot blocks create a village feel – Riverside Ave., Tustin Ave., Avon St. Extension. •  Mix of uses including …

Newport Beach – Alternative 1

BACKGROUND Our team readily admits that the first alternative is not our recommended approach. A seven (7) lane, high-speed highway that focuses on traffic flow over others safety, economic development, …

Newport Beach – Alternative 2

This is our recommended approach to balancing the competing interests in providing the region improved traffic flow with pedestrian and bicyclist safety while creating a unique walking environment with access …

Newport Beach Implementation Strategy

Implementing many key elements of this charrette report will require enabling actions by the City of Newport Beach. In sharp contrast to other areas of the City that were master-planned …

Livingston Charrette Introduction

The California Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNUCA) The CNUCA (www.cnucalifornia.org), a statewide 501(c)(3) member organization, launched its first, annual pro-bono community charrette in Livingston, CA June …

Overview – Neighborhoods, Districts and Corridor

Overview The City of Livingston is poised to attract a wide range of new investment over the course of the coming years. As new development continues to transform the city’s …

City Wide Strategies

Citywide Economic Prosperity To be successful, Livingston must continue to attract a wide range of new investment, and must take steps to guide new investment appropriately in support of longterm …

Growth Area – Workplace District

Location The Workplace District extends west from Winton Parkway in the northwest quadrant of the city. Urban Fabric New investment in the Workplace District should be organized as a network …

Growth Area – Agrarian Neighborhood

Location The Agrarian Neighborhood is intended to guide city growth along the southern border where it interfaces with existing farm lands. Livingston was established by virtue of its proximity to …

Growth Area – Eastern Gateway

Location The Eastern Gateway is located north of Highway 99, between Hammatt Avenue and Hunter Road, and is directly served by the Highway access via Campbell Avenue. The area was …

Growth Area – B Street Corridor

Location B Street is the primary connector between Downtown and Winton Parkway and by extension, between Downtown and Highway 99. In this regard, B street can be thought of as …

Livingston Short Term Interventions

The following list describes actions the City can take in the short term or that are already underway to begin the process to transform the Downtown into a vibrant and …

Livingston Infill Development

Physical voids along key corridors (i.e. Main St) should be filled with projects that fit in with the context. A continuous “urban wall” helps frame the setting for both pedestrians …

Civic Center Relocation

A long-term goal of the City is to expand its offices to provide a modern Civic Center that will serve the residents of Livingston and the surrounding area. By moving …

B Street – Civic Center Relocation

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Livingston Proposed Downtown Plan

Downtown Regulating Plan

The Downtown zoning will need revisions to help realize the previous recommendations. The following describes these zones and the following section describes how these zones will help create a more …

Smartcode – Form Based Code

City of Livingston Form-Based Code The Form-Based Code was created because many communities with mixed-use, walkable urban patterns are not protected by their current zoning codes. The human-scale character and …

Implementation Recommendations

Economic Development Section The CNU CA planning teams’ scope of work comprises Downtown Livingston, which, for the purposes of this report, is bounded by the Union Pacific rail line to …

Livingston Tactical Urbanism Projects

Tactical Urbanism In the 16th Century, tactical urbanism took form with traveling book salesmen, pop-up retail sales stores, sprouting up along the northern Paris basin. In 1914, New York City …

Livingston Tactical Urbanism Logic Model

Paul Crawford Award Winner 2017: Lisa Wise

2017: Ms. Lisa Wise, AICP – California Paul Crawford Award On behalf of the Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter, we wish to congratulate Ms. Lisa Wise on being awarded our …

Paul Crawford Award Winner 2016: Mr. Neal I. Payton, FAIA, LEED-AP, CNU-A – California Paul Crawford Award

On behalf of the Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter, we wish to congratulation Mr. Neal Payton on being awarded our 2016 CNU – California Paul Crawford Award. We …

Paul Crawford Award Winner 2016: City of Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin – California Agency Award

On behalf of the Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter, we wish to congratulate Mayor Ashley Swearengin on winning our 2016 CNU – California Agency Award. We truly admire …

Paul Crawford Award Winner 2016: Mr. Dao Minh Doan, R.A – California Champion Award

On behalf of the Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter, we wish to congratulation Mr. Dao Doan on being awarded our 2016 CNU – California Champion Award. We truly …

Paul Crawford Award Winner 2015: Jeffrey Tumlin

The 2015 award will be presented to Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy for Nelson Nygaard, for his admirable and inspirational dedication to making better places for the citizens of California. “This award is …

Paul Crawford Award Winner 2014: Rick Cole

The Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter would like to congratulation Mr. Rick Cole on being awarded our 2014 CNU California Paul Crawford Award. We truly admire his dedication and results …

Paul Crawford Award Winner 2013: Elizabeth Moule and Stefanos Polyzoides

The Inaugural 2013 Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter Paul Crawford Award recipients are Elizabeth Moule and Stefanos Polyzoides, partners at Moule Polyzoides Architects & Urbanist. Recognized for their …

Paul Crawford

Since forming CMCA in early 1990, Paul Crawford has been involved with comprehensive planning, implementing ordinances, and computer applications for a variety of California cities and counties. He has completed …