Cal Poly CRP and the City of SLO Downtown Concept Plan
On September 5, 2017, the City Council unanimously adopted the new Downtown Concept Plan to replace the existing plan. The project is replete with members of the Cal Poly City & Regional Planning (CRP) family.
The original 1993 plan was prepared by five notable local architects and planners. One of these was former city council member and the first director of the Cal Poly CRP program, Professor Ken Schwartz. Ken was involved in the update as a member of the Creative Vision Team for the project.
The update of the Downtown Concept Plan was lead by the City’s Community Development Department, headed by Michael Codron (MCRP ’98). The city appointed a Creative Vision Team that included Chuck Stevenson (BSCRP ’74), Jaime Hill (MCRP ‘06), Annie Rendler (BSCRP ‘04), and faculty member Dr. Vicente del Rio.
The city hired Michael Baker International (MBI) to support the project. The MBI team was lead by Loreli Cappel (BSCRP ’00) with Amy Sinsheimer (MCRP ‘04) and Chris Read (MCRP ‘11).
Faculty members Dr. Michael R. Boswell and Dr. Billy Riggs also worked with the City and a group of CRP students to assist on public engagement with their restreet.com tool.
The Downtown Concept Plan was reviewed by the City Council and several city advisory bodies including the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission includes faculty member Dr, Hema Dandekar.
We are very proud of all the Cal Poly alumni, faculty, and students who worked to make the City of San Luis Obsipo and even more wonderful and well-planned city.
View the plan here: www.slocity.org/downtown
Dr. Vicente del Rio working with the public to imagine dowtown SLO
Jaime Hill (MCRP '06), member of the Creative Vision Team, supporting public workshops
CRP students assisting Mayor Jan Marx redesign Higuera Street with steetplan.org