County, Ramonans meet to reshape Ramona’s Main Street
‘Designer’ building codes would embody, promote Ramona’s unique rural character, says county
Ramona residents and county and private planners are scheduled to hold a weeklong workshop next week to create what the county calls “designer” building codes aimed at reinvigorating Ramona’s Main Street by encouraging pedestrian-friendly development form-fitted to Ramona’s rural character.
The workshops and the planning work that will follow — coordinated by the county’s Department of Planning and Land Use — are being funded by a $135,000 grant from the California Department of Transportation and $15,000 in county Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds targeted for District 2 and recommended by District 2 Supervisor Dianne Jacob. Ramona is among communities in the
county’s District 2.
“This is a great opportunity for Ramona residents to take part in a process that will help shape what their Main Street will look like in the future,” said Jacob. “People who live in our unincorporated communities, like Ramona, know how important it is to maintain their community’s unique character.”
The intensive weeklong workshop will kick off at 9 a.m. Monday and conclude at 7 p.m. Saturday. It will begin with a tour of Ramona’s downtown area, include meetings with property owners, the community’s design review committee members, neighborhood groups, sheriff’s and fire officials, and residents, and eventually conclude with design ideas to be forged into “form-based” codes.
Proponents have described form-based codes as “grass roots planning by, and for, communities.”
DPLU routinely works on special projects with unincorporated communities when opportunities arise, states a news release from the county. In the past, DPLU helped Fallbrook create a specific plan tailored to its downtown area, and it is working with the communities of Jamul and Valley Center to create community evacuation plans. It also plans to help Tecate create a Special Study Area.
Ramona’s codes could eventually be included within the County’s Zoning Ordinance. For more information about the project, go to projectramona.com.
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