At their meeting on May 19 the San Fernando City Council unanimously approved the selection of a consultant team led by Sargent Town Planning (STP) to assist the City in preparing a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Overlay Zone for much of their downtown,with a focus on promoting mixed-use neighborhood development and housing within walking distance of the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink commuter rail station. Funding for this work is provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) as part of their grant program for cities along major transportation corridors to help develop more sustatinable, transit-supportive land use and development patterns. STP is currently completing new TOD Zoning for the City of Lancaster's downtown neighborhoods and Metrolink station area under a previous Metro grant.
The STP team includes frequent collaborators Raimi + Associates, who will provide support with policy updates, general plan amendments and public outreach, and Meridian Consultants who will prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). The team also includes multi-modal transportation experts Nelson/Nyggard Consulting Associates and Gibson Transportation Consulting to assist the team in rebalancing transportation modes to favor pedestrians, bicyclists and transit, and Metropolitan Research + Economics who will help craft market-based development strategies. The team is very much looking forward to collaborating with the City and community of San Fernando to prepare this new tool to help shape the future of their Downtown.