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Council Adopts the Downtown Concept Plan

On September 5, 2017, the City Council unanimously adopted the Downtown Concept Plan by resolution. The Final Plan Supplement and Illustrative Plan are available for review and download below. A limited number of plan posters are available for purchase at the Community Development Department.

Downtown Concept Plan Supplement (Final web-ready, September 2017):

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Illustrative Downtown Concept Plan Poster (Final, September 2017):

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To download a print-ready version of the Downtown Concept Plan Supplement, go here.

To review the Downtown Concept Plan and Mission Plaza Concept Plan materials for the September 5, 2017 City Council Meeting:

Downtown Concept Plan materials from the July 26, 2017, Planning Commission Meeting:

Downtown Concept Plan Background

The update of the General Plan Land Use Element in 2014 included an implementation objective to update the Downtown Concept Plan to address the significant changes in or affecting the downtown since the original plan, and to include opportunities for meaningful public input (LUE Program 4.24).

In December 2015, staff, volunteers, and a consultant team began working on the update of the Conceptual Physical Plan For The City's Center, originally adopted by the City in 1993.The primary objectives of the project were to assess and update the present development, vision, goals and concepts related to downtown, in order to provide a road map for future public projects and guidance for private development in the downtown and surrounding areas. 

After incorporating input from the public and City advisory bodies, and with guidance from the project's Creative Vision Team (CVT), staff and consultants revised the Draft Downtown Concept Plan Supplement and Illustrative. On July 12, 2017 the CVT unanimously endorsed the Final Public Draft of the Downtown Concept Plan. On July 26,2017, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended adoption of the plan. The Downtown Concept Plan was adopted by resolution by the City Council on September 5, 2017.  

Creative Vision Team

A team of ten volunteers--the Creative Vision Team (CVT)--was appointed by the City Council to advise the City in the development of the Downtown Concept Plan. The last CVT meeting was held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. CVT members included: Pierre Rademaker (Chair), Chuck Stevenson (Vice Chair), Chuck Crotser, T. Keith Gurnee, Jaime Hill, Eric Meyer, Melanie Mills, Matt Quaglino, Annie Rendler, and Vicente del Rio.

Public Engagement and Advisory Body Review

Approximately 150 people attended a public workshop to review key components of the Draft Downtown Concept Plan on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Following the workshop, City Advisory Bodies reviewed and provided input on the Draft Downtown Concept Plan, including the Mass Transportation Committee (3.8.17); Bicycle Advisory Committee (3.16.17); Cultural Heritage Committee (3.27.17); Parks and Recreation Commission (4.5.17); Architectural Review Commission (4.17.17); Planning Commission (4.26.17 and 7.26.17). A summary of all public engagement activities can be found in Appendix 1 of the Plan Supplement. See below for additional information.

Mission Plaza Concept Plan

On September 5, 2017, the San Luis Obispo City Council provided direction to continue to move forward with Mission Plaza Concept Plan implementation, specifically identifying the replacement of the restroom as a key first step.

Mission Plaza Concept Plan Background

Concurrent with the update of the Downtown Concept Plan was the development of the Mission Plaza Concept Plan. A consultant team was hired to work with City staff to assess the condition, uses and policies related to the existing Mission Plaza; determine impacts of Plaza events on adjacent residential neighbors, businesses, Old Mission Church operations and San Luis Obispo Creek habitat; explore expansion of the Plaza into the adjacent Broad/Monterey St. “dogleg” through permanent or temporary street closures; and provide a vision for the future of the Plaza and surrounding streets. The overall goal is to revitalize and refresh this important community hub and provide the City a road map for planning of future maintenance and development projects for the Plaza.

Two well-attended workshops were held where area residents were shown a presentation of the history and background of Mission Plaza, its current condition and possible improvement and expansion opportunities. Additionally, the community was engaged in reviewing concept design alternatives based on previous public input and had the opportunity to provide more valuable feedback. There was also the following advisory body review of the plan alternatives: Planning Commission (PC), Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC), Architectural Review Commission (ARC) and Cultural Heritage Committee (CHC).

Presentations and design concept alternatives are available for review below:


Thank You For Helping Us Imagine Downtown SLO!

Both projects solicited input from a wide range of stakeholders and the general public. This work began in January 2016 with stakeholder focus groups for the Downtown Concept Plan and the Mission Plaza Concept Plan. Thank you to everyone who shared their issues and ideas with us.

Our first public workshop was held on February 20, 2016 for the Downtown Concept Plan and Mission Plaza Concept Plan Projects:

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Our second workshop on the Downtown Concept Plan was held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the SLO County Library. It was an interactive small-group format to refine input from the open house, provide feedback and start prioritizing project ideas:

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More Documents and Videos:

Downtown Concept Plan Summary of Outreach Appendix A and C-H

Downtown Concept Plan Workshop 3 Station Exhibits (Appendix I)

Downtown Concept Plan Workshop 3 Community Input (Appendix J)

A joint Planning Commission and City Council study session on both projects' work-to-date took place on Tuesday October 4, 2016, at 6 pm, in the City Hall Council Chambers.

See the City Council Meeting Video Archive page to watch the study session (select the October 4, 2016 City Council and joint City Council and Planning Commission Meetings Part 2).

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For questions on the Downtown Concept Plan, contact Project Manager Rebecca Gershow at:

For questions on the Mission Plaza Concept Plan, contact Project Manager Manuel Guzman at: