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
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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.