RRM and the City of Thousand Oaks received the Award of Excellence in the Hard Won Victory category for their Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan at the APA Central Coast chapter’s annual awards dinner this past Saturday at Sycamore Mineral Springs.

For over 20 years, the City of Thousand Oaks has been attempting to create a plan for the Boulevard. Finally, five years ago under the leadership of the business community, the Thousand Oaks Business Improvement District was successful in creating a plan that improves the identity of the Boulevard and introduced innovative planning solutions such as incentive-based standards, form-based zoning and streetscape improvements.

Covering over 275 acres along a 3-mile corridor, the Specific Plan provided recommendations to promote a unique commercial destination that is economically viable, self-sustainable and pedestrian-friendly. Enhancing the creativity of the downtown, the Specific Plan introduces residential uses the for mixed-use development and encourages infill development and redevelopment of existing underutilized parcels. RRM also focused on revitalizing the streetscape elements along the corridor by introducing a unified collection of landscaping and street trees, gateway elements, sign program as well as new street furniture.

Click link for a copy of the Plan: http://www.toaks.org/government/depts/community/Documents/Environmental%20Documents/TO%20Blvd%20Specific%20Plan%20Final.pdf