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Downtown Developer Toolkit

STREAMLINING FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Downtown Skyline at night

Building a residential project in a downtown environment is by its nature sustainable. New projects will be located in a highly walkable environment where residents will be less automobile­ dependent and will have access to a large number of public transit options. Dense, downtown residential projects make more efficient use of existing land and infrastructure, requiring fewer miles of roads, water lines, etc., per person. These new projects are considered to be infill development and do not displace any natural habitat.

  • The 2035 General Plan and the new Planning and Development Code have been updated to facilitate dense, transit-oriented, sustainable, infill development.
  • The 2035 General Plan Master Environmental Impact Report continues to streamline urban development by covering the cumulative impact analysis other EIR’s commonly require. 
  • Most projects within the target area will automatically qualify for at least 10 points on the LEED Rating Systems for homes or new construction.
  • Compatibility with the Region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy, proximity to transit, as well as the reduced vehicle miles traveled associated with the project will benefit from recent statewide CEQA streamlining efforts.
  • Affordable housing projects will be within close proximity to transit and could benefit from Cap and Trade grants and will be more competitive for affordable housing resources.

Downtown Developer Toolkit