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El Camino Real Precise Plan

Mountain View, CA

2015 APA Northern California Comprehensive Plan, Small Jurisdiction: Award of Excellence 


Raimi + Associates led the MTC-funded El Camino Real Precise Plan process for the City of Mountain View. The Precise Plan enacts the General Plan’s vision for transformation of the 4-mile corridor into a series of walkable, transit-oriented gathering places serving surrounding neighborhoods. The Plan focuses development intensity and pedestrian improvements around transit stops and existing activity centers, while creating a tiered density bonus system that requires public realm and transportation investments in exchange for increased development intensity. The Plan emphasizes pedestrian-oriented form and design, and includes targeted standards to incentivize redevelopment and improvement of small parcels.

It also includes development standards and design guidelines to ensure well designed, pedestrian-oriented buildings and streetscape. As part of the planning process, Raimi + Associates worked with the community, staff, and elected officials
to explore options for new bicycle facilities along El Camino Real. The community
discussion created a swell of support for the concept, and the City Council ultimately directed the project team to accommodate a buffered cycle track.

Client: City of Mountain View

Timeframe: 2013-2015

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  • Transit-oriented “Priority Development Area,” as identified in Plan Bay Area.

  • Nodal development concept focuses intensity and public realm improvements
    around transit and pedestrian activity centers.

  • Accommodates option of future Bus Rapid Transit and bicycle-only lanes along the length of the corridor.

  • Priority policies for sensitive transitions to adjacent residential neighborhoods.

  • Density bonus program ensures public benefit when granting higher development intensity.

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