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North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan

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About the NMDSP

The North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan (NMDSP) is a major land-use plan prepared by planning consultants and architects (Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists) in concert with City staff to provide master planning services on approximately 150 acres in North Montclair. The original NMDSP was adopted on May 15, 2006, and the plan was amended on March 20, 2017.

The adopted land use plan creates the framework for new development opportunities for a mixed-use, transit-oriented district between the Montclair Transcenter, which is currently a stop on Metrolink's San Bernardino line and will eventually be the easterly terminus of the Foothill Gold Line light rail, and the Montclair Plaza regional shopping center. Please click on the link to view an aerial of the location of the proposed North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan: Aerial of North Montclair

The Plan envisions a walkable, vibrant Town Center that includes multiple uses and activities that take advantage of the major transit amenities. The Plan would implement a transit oriented, mixed-use development that links land use and transit as mutually supportive through a unified approach to development. Mixed-use development plans are becoming an increasingly important way to energize existing commercial areas such as the underutilized areas of North Montclair by creating quality mixed-density housing and commercial opportunities. The Plan includes a “pedestrian first” mixed-use district, which requires an extensive, connected network of public spaces and smaller streets. This would be achieved through the proper balance of cars and pedestrian linkages that are dependent on a sidewalk network associated with amenities like landscaping, bicycle routes, transit service, and public parking.

The Plan also includes a “form-based” code to regulate private development. In contrast to conventional zoning that divides land by uses, the form-based code for North Montclair is organized by geography or place. The Code provides regulations for three unique places: Town Center (mixed-use district near transit center), Corridor Residential (medium to high-density housing), and Neighborhood Residential (public squares or open space), with an emphasis on the design of individual buildings directed to form the public realm.

The Specific Plan follows a market-driven development strategy in four phases:

The Plan's goal is to establish livable neighborhoods based upon the concept of traditional town centers by creating mixed-density housing types (townhouses, condominiums, apartments, live/work lofts, and courtyard housing) above retail and office as demonstrated by the photo simulations below.

 

View the North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan

The final report for the 2017 NMDSP Update will be available soon. Currently you can view the draft documents below.

 North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan Amendment Project Supplemental EIR

NMDSP Appendix A

NMDSP Appendix B

NMDSP Amend Project Initial Study

NMDSP NOP

 

For a viewing of the original North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan, which was adopted on May 15, 2006, please click on the following link:

North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan, Final Report

The report may be viewed by individual Chapters for easier downloads.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Plan, Concepts and Programs

Chapter 3: Illustrative Projects, Design Concepts for Specific Sites

Chapter 4: Great Squares & Streets, Guidelines for the Public Realm

Chapter 5: The Code, Guidelines for the Private Realm

Chapter 6: Implementation, Public Projects & Phasing

 

Summary of the Original North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan

The vision for the Plan is that of a walkable, vibrant Town Center that includes multiple uses and activities that take advantage of the major transit amenities. The Plan would implement a transit oriented, mixed-use development that links land use and transit as mutually supportive through a unified approach to development. The Plan's goal is to establish livable neighborhoods based upon the concept of traditional town centers by creating mixed-density housing types (townhouses, condominiums, apartments, live/work lofts, and courtyard) above retail and office as demonstrated by the photo simulations below.

 

 

The Plan was adopted on May 15, 2006. Final adoption of the plan included approval of a Master Environmental Impact Report, Traffic, Noise, Circulation, and Economic Assessment reports, and a zone change to reflect the proposed land uses.

Please click on the link to view the Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists web site: www.mparchitects.com

For additional information, please contact Marilyn J. Staats, Deputy City Manager, Executive Director, Office of Economic Development at (909) 625-9412, or Michael Diaz, City Planner at (909) 625-9432.