COMING SOON "Downtown Rohnert Park"!

A plan for Central Rohnert Park was developed and approved in 2016.  The plan calls for the development of a Downtown Rohnert Park.  A "downtown" environment requires special regulations that would govern the design of the streetscapes and buildings in the downtown district.  These could be provided by a "form-based code".

Form-based codes address the relationship between building facades and the public realm, (e.g. sidewalks, streets and plazas), the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks. Reasons why the City is pursuing a form-based code for downtown include:

  1. A form-based code is the best vehicle for securing consensus on the “look” of the future downtown area and ensuring that developers have clear guidance for implementing the City’s vision.
  2. Developing the form-based code independent of a specific development project is the ideal way to ensure that the City’s vision is the primary driver for the code.
  3. Developing the form-based code provides an engaging, high-profile introduction to community vision setting and planning, which will help kick-start the update of the City’s General Plan.
  4. Implementing a form-based code is the City’s best tool to ensure it can control development within the downtown in a manner that is consistent with its vision.

DAZ-aerial.jpgThe Rohnert Park City Council approved a contract with Opticos Design, Inc. in August 2017 to help develop a Form-Based Code for Rohnert Park’s emerging downtown. The process is centered on an intensive design charrette that will take place over the course of a week in Rohnert Park and which will be open to the public. The charrette will utilize maps, visualizations, and a physical model of the downtown area to solicit input, refine proposals, and present final recommendations. The open and public nature of the charrette allows for input by the community, property owners, councilmembers, planning commissioners and staff. Upon completion of the charrette, the team will distill the results into code language, including appropriate visual guides, suitable for adoption into the Municipal Code. 

For additional information or to get on a distribution list, please contact planning@rpcity.org or call Jeff Beiswenger at (707) 588-2253.

Upcoming Dates

The Design Charrette:   November 6-9, 2017; 6250 State Farm Drive

Public Charrette Announcement

As the project moves forward and details are developed, information will be added to this web page.  Check back frequently!