Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America

Soledad Downtown Specific Plan


The Soledad Downtown Specific Plan (Plan) provides direction for the historic downtown and adjacent residential areas. The Plan is designed to bring new life to the historic Front Street corridor by encouraging commercial and entertainment uses that will draw locals and visitors, and reduces development obstacles, such as environmental review, parking, and permit processing. It provides initiatives that capitalize on Soledad’s unique assets with the overarching goal of revitalizing the downtown area. The Driehaus Award Jury singled out Soledad for an honorable mention because of its clear and effective graphics, brevity and conciseness, all built on an exemplary community visioning process, as a model for small-town revitalization. However, the issue with this code relates primarily to a lack of predictable street-space character, a deficiency that can probably be remedied by certain types of amendments.

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Honorable Mention
Year: 2014

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