Downtown3D-TrueNorth_1-2MileAbove: 1/2 mile radius around the SMART Station (yellow) and Transit Mall (blue). Image courtesy of Google Earth.

The City of Santa Rosa has updated its Downtown Station Area Specific Plan to meet the standards by the California Environmental Quality Act.

The City has received an $800,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) to update the Downtown Specific Plan to increase height (currently maxes out at 10 stories) and support a higher density downtown, as well as reduce parking and create more robust transportation to help enable foot traffic.

The City has begun streamlining opportunities for certain infill projects, transit-oriented development and projects consistent with the Downtown Specific Plan in order to fulfill the grant.