Claremont Planning Commission Endorses Village South Specific Plan

New public plaza adjacent to the historic Vortox Building in Village South

At their meeting on June 1, the Claremont Planning Commission unanimously recommended that the City Council approve the Village South Specific Plan.  Through a public process over the course of nearly 4 years, Sargent Town Planning has worked collaboratively with the City, the community, property owners and prospective developers to produce a plan to deliver a 21st century mixed-use, transit-oriented development a short walk from a planned Gold Line Metro station and existing Metrolink commuter rail station.  The plan - including a form-based code, objective design and development standards, and detailed implmementation strategies and procedures - has been crafted to ensure human-scale, pedestrian-oriented urban patterns, building forms, and active public spaces that reflect the unique character, quality and scale of the historic early 20th century Claremont Village just to the north. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Commission Chair commented that the Village South Plan was the best specific plan she had ever seen, a much appreciated compliment coming from a senior principal of a prominent national architectural firm.