We are very pleased to announce that Gregory Tung is joining Sargent Town Planning as an Associate Principal and core member of our senior management team.

 Greg is an urban designer with over 35 years’ experience working with cities throughout California and the West to craft successful community-based revitalization strategies, and to implement high-quality, human-scale placemaking at all scales.  He will work closely with our principals and senior associates to guide and direct the firm’s work, contributing his wide experience to our constant innovation in design and documentation techniques and processes, coordinating the work of our in-house and consultant teams, and managing selected projects.  Greg and our senior principal David Sargent will lead our recently re-established Bay Area/Sacramento Area branch operation to better serve our northern California clients. 

As a principal with San Francisco-based Freedman Tung & Bottomley – later Freedman Tung & Sasaki – since 1986 Greg’s work has spanned master plans and specific plans for downtowns, arterial corridors, infill neighborhoods, and workplace and transit-oriented districts.  In this work Greg has designed many distinctive, human-scale streets and other public spaces, accented by gateways, landmarks, landscape, and furnishings.  He has prepared development standards and design guidelines to predictably implement the community’s vision, and has provided ongoing infrastructure implementation support, and design review and training services for development project review.

Greg’s work and collaborations have significantly contributed to successful downtown and corridor revitalization and public realm designs in Mountain View, Redwood City, Oakland, Livermore, Tracy, Lodi, Shafter, Ventura, San Fernando, San Fernando, and Cathedral City in California, and in Bothell, Washington, Phoenix, Arizona, and Ames, Iowa. He has served as a Peer Reviewer for the General Services Administration Design Excellence Program and a resource member for four sessions of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design.  He has been a speaker at the Congress for the New Urbanism, American Planning Association, and U.C. Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

Blvd 111 Strategies

At their meeting on September 21, the Indio City Council unanimously adopted the new Highway 111 Corridor Specific Plan, prepared by a multi-disciplinary team led by Bay Area Economics and Sargent Town Planning.

 The Corridor Plan is based on the community’s vision to transform old Highway 111 to “Boulevard 111”, and evolve the highway strip development and large tracts of vacant land flanking it into a significant City Center Corridor of new, walkable neighborhoods, mixed-use community activity centers, and employment districts.  That overall vision had been defined by the recently adopted General Plan Update and Downtown Specific Plan, for both of which Sargent Town Planning led the urban design vision work in collaboration with City staff, the community, and others. The Plan includes a detailed vision for each segment and sub-area of the 4-mile Corridor, form-based development standards for private development and public improvements.  It also includes a robust, market-calibrated implementation plan for attracting new private investment, and incentivizing funding of public improvements, to systematically generate significant amounts of new housing, new employment, and new commercial and civic amenities for the community, in the form of complete, walkable places of long-term value.

Foothill Blvd (Historic Route 66) as Transit Boulevard

At their meeting on December 15, the Rancho Cucamonga City Council unanimously and enthusiastically adopted PlanRC, a comprehensive update of the City’s General Plan.  The Plan – based on extensive community engagement and outreach –  envisions and provides policies.

implementation strategies and procedures for transforming a number of major street corridors from suburban arterial thoroughfares to multi-modal city center boulevards that balance accommodation of vehicular traffic with new transit facilities and high-quality sidewalks and bikeways.  Along these boulevards, new mixed-use and residential development will be mixed with and interconnected with existing retail and commercial facilities to form mixed-use community activity centers and infill neighborhoods that provide residents, workers and shoppers with robust and equitable access to goods, services, jobs and a wide array of housing choices.  This was in response to the clear community request for "more nice places to go, and more ways to get there." The Plan also prioritizes the conservation of existing neighborhoods and natural open spaces, and the creation of new employment districts that offer residents expanded local job opportunities.  Sargent Town Planning was a core member of the large team of City staff and consulting firms who worked together with the community over nearly two years to craft PlanRC.  STP is providing ongoing General Plan implementation services to the City.

Red Hill Center on Foothill Boulevard at Grove Avenue

At their regular meeting on November 10, the Rancho Cucamonga Commission unanimously and enthusiastically recommended that the City Council approve the multi-volume General Plan Update, prepared by City staff with support from a large team of consulting firms. 

The Plan was prepared over the course of just underr 2 years, including an extensive PlanRC online public engagement process during most of 2020, followed by drafting of the Plan documents and further public review and input in 2021.  In close collaboration with City staff and other consulting team members, Sargent Town Planning led the conceptual urban planning and design work for the Plan Update and was a principal author of the Vision, Built Environment, and Implementation volumes of the Plan. General Plan Update | City of Rancho Cucamonga (cityofrc.us) The City Council will consider adoption of the Plan at their meeting on December 15.  

At their July 6 meeting the Claremont City Council unanimously approved the Village South Specific Plan.  The approval was the culmination of a lengthy process of public engagement, engagement with two developers who became interested in the plan area while planning was underway, and multiple rou

nds of refinements in response to public, City and developer input.  The resulting Plan provides a long-term vision, customized development standards and design guidelines, and robust implementation plan for a 21st century expansion of the early 20th century Claremont Village. The Plan Area is within easy walking distance of the historic Village, and an existing Metrolink Station and planned Metro light rail station connecting the Village to Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley to the west, and to the Inland Empire to the east.  The Plan carefully balances compatibility with the historic Village with the functional requirements of modern transit-oriented development, and the community’s desire for “more Village” with rapidly growing imperatives for more housing and jobs near transit, the Claremont Colleges, and the commercial and civic amenities of the Village. 

Envisioned public market plaza, shops, offices and boutique hotel at the wharf

At their regular meeting on June 22 the Ventura County Board of Supervisors warmly received a presentation of the Channel Islands Harbor Vision Report.  Over the past year, Sargent Town Planning has worked closely with the County Harbor Department and a Visioning Committee composed of Harbor busi

ness owners and residents of surrounding neighborhoods to define a new vision for the future of this small harbor on the south edge of the City of Oxnard.  Owned and operated by the County, the Harbor for many years has not attracted or retained the high-quality development and active visitor-serving uses for which the County, City of Oxnard, and community had hoped.  Through the visioning process - which included dozens of Committee meetings, online community surveys and a well-attended virtual public workshop - the STP team produced richly illustrated presentations of potential improvements to the waterfront promenades, walking and biking network within and surrounding the harbor, and a range of infill development types that might generate new activity and value in the Harbor.  The overarching goal defined through the Visioning is to make the Harbor a more active place that attracts residents and visitors to pursue a wide range of boating, fishing, recreation, dining, shopping and educational activities in a beautiful, welcoming, unique, waterfront environment.  The Committee reached consensus that the Vision Report is a good start for attracting new investment and potentially updating an outdated master plan, and the Board seemed generally to agree.

Mixed-use center surrounding Metrolink/High-Speed Rail Station Plaza

The Public Review Draft of Rancho Cucamonga's comprehensive General Plan Update was posted for public review on June 16. The Plan can be found by simply Googling PlanRC. As part of a large multi-disciplinary team retained by the City, Sargent Town Planning has been leading the work o

The Public Review Draft of Rancho Cucamonga's comprehensive General Plan Update was posted for public review on June 16. The Plan can be found by simply Googling PlanRC. As part of a large multi-disciplinary team retained by the City, Sargent Town Planning has been leading the work on the general plan vision and preparing a new Land Use and Community Design Element that is based on Place Types rather than conventional land use designations.  Throughout 2020, City staff and Circlepoint led an expansive Plan RC public engagement process that included numerous community stakeholder meetings, community surveys, and virtual public meetings and workshops.  STP supported that process by preparing richly illustrated presentations, including mapping, imagery and illustrations of potential development and public space typologies for the the future of each part of this large and diverse community.  Based on robust community input, STP and the rest of the team collaborated in compiling prefered elements and conccepts into plan alternatives that were presented back to the community.  Based on the community's expressed preferences, and on State planning policiy and economic and fiscal imperatives, the team then defined a preferred alternative and STP crafted a highly illlustrated Land Use and Community Design Element.  The Element includes 8 "Focus Area Plans" for areas in which significant near- and mid-term change is anticipated, some benefitting from significant collaboration with Torti Gallas Partners and Grimshaw Architects.  The public review period will conclude in mid-July, at which point the team will prepare updated documents for considertation by the Planning Commission and City Council.  

Hwy 111 as Envisioned in the 2019 General Plan

The City of Indio has retained a team led by Bay Area Economics and Sargent Town Planning to prepare a specific plan for the historic Highway 111 Corridor that runs through the center of Indio.  The plan is funded by an SB 2 Grant, intended to facilitate the development of new housing within the

250-acre corridor, much of which is still vacant land.  The team helped City staff lead an initial study session with the City Council, reviewing with them the  vision for the Corridor as defined in the recently adopted General Plan Update, and sharing what the team has learned and heard so far through existing conditions analysis and conversations with major Corridor property owners and other stakeholders along with some initial urban design concepts.  The Council was very enthusiastic about the possibilities presented and shared their hopes for the evolution of the old highway toward a significant City Center boulevard, along which new mixed-use centers, visitor attractions, and diverse new neighborhoods would be well integrated with historic visitor attractions, a redeveloping shopping mall, the Riverside County Fairgrounds and justic center, the historic downtown, and adjoining existing neighborhoods.  STP previously collaborated with Raimi Associates and the City in preparing the new General Plan and the 111 Corridor vision, adopted in 2019, and subsequently worked with the City to prepare a new Downtown Specific Plan, adopted in 2020.