A vibrant downtown is essential to the health of the greater city around it. Modesto's downtown is attracting attention for its current appeal and its future potential. This potential can be realized through vision and community engagement - those are the motivations for the Downtown Master Plan. The Downtown Master Plan project will address improved parking, attractive public spaces, such as tiny parks and plazas, and opportunities for housing, transit and other elements of a successful downtown.
The success of the Downtown Master Plan depends on community involvement and engagement. Throughout the planning process there will be community activities for positive conversations that will determine the downtown Modesto of the future.
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The City Council conducted a study session with Opticos, the Downtown Master Plan (DMP) consultant, in order to learn about progress to date and next steps toward a draft DMP document. The discussion and feedback from council members and citizens was positive, and Opticos will proceed with preparing the formal DMP in the first quarter of 2020. The presentation from the 12/17/19 study session is linked here:
The City of Modesto hosted a week-long Design Charrette from Monday September 30 through Friday October 4. Inputs from the July 22 Visioning exercise were integrated with best downtown design practices and concepts in an interactive format that included presentations, specific brown-bag lunch issue discussions and a design pinup/popup.
Follow these links to presentations and content presented during the Design Charrette:
The first community engagement event involved a walking tour of downtown and a visioning workshop. The Mayor, Council members, city staff and Modestans gathered to get an on-the-street perspective of the current downtown and some exciting future opportunities. Later the same day, a visioning workshop was held at the McHenry Museum to gather additional input as to how the City and consulting firm Opticos should approach a holistic, downtown-wide plan. More than 80 active community members attended these events, listening and sharing their hopes, concerns and great ideas.
Several Focus Group meetings were also facilitated on July 22 to identify topical issues and concerns to be addressed in the Downtown Master Plan. Those notes have been assembled by Opticos for reference.
Twelve tables of 6-8 participated the Visioning Workshop Exercise, producing a diverse array of concepts for the improvement of downtown Modesto from strategic to detailed. The recommendations from all of the tables have been assembled by Opticos for reference.
Opticos staff presented a variety of concepts about downtown planning to help generate ideas and discussion. The information and images as presented have been assembled by Opticos for reference.