East Area One Specific Plan - Santa Paula, California
Founded in 1893, the Limoneira Company is one of California’s oldest agribusinesses, and has been developing neighborhoods in Santa Paula since the 1880’s. The City’s general plan designated Limoneira’s 500-acre property on the east side of Santa Paula Creek as East Area 1, and through a community engagement process it was identified as the preferred area for future neighborhood development.
In 2006 Limoneira retained David Sargent and his HDR Town Planning team to prepare a vision plan and specific plan for the property, and to help conduct a public outreach process to gain community support. The plan organizes the area into three walkable neighborhood planning areas, a civic district, and a mixed-use neighborhood center, with preserved agricultural land remaining on the hills along the north edge of the property. Community amenities include both neighborhood and community parks, trails in greenways connecting to the foothills above, and new elementary and high school, and a range of detached and attached housing types.
The specific plan includes form-based development standards and guidelines that define the design of the street and open space network, and a variety of town-scale housing types and mixed-use buildings. The Plan was unanimously approved by the City Council in 2009, and ratified in a public vote by an 83 to 17 margin. Sargent Town Planning subsequently assisted Limoneira and the City of Santa Paula in amending the plan based on market changes following the recession, and the amended plan was approved by the City Council in late 2015. At their annual awards dinner on April 23, the Central Coast Section of the American Planning Association announced that that the Santa Paula East Area One Specific Plan has received its 2016 Award of Excellence for a Comprehensive Plan - Small Jurisdication . As of summer 2016 final maps and infrastructure plans are underway.