APA California Northern Chapter Honor Award for Best Practices (2017)
Dyett & Bhatia worked with the city of Richmond to create zoning and subdivision regulations that incorporate innovative strategies to ensure well-designed, high quality development in the city. The new regulations introduce mixed use districts to promote pedestrian-oriented development and combine crucial development standards for urban design with sustainable development standards and performance approaches to lighting and noise controls and transportation demand management.
The regulations also contain innovative approaches for creek protection corridors and shoreline access. The subdivision street design standards support a multi-modal transportation system is expected reduce reliance on the automobile coupled with the transportation demand management program requirements. The regulations simplify and eliminate unnecessary regulations and procedures, and are also easily understood and accessed on the City’s website.
An extensive public process was used to gain input and raise community awareness. The City’s planning staff, assisted by its consultant team, worked closely with the Planning Commission, responding to concerns raised and suggesting alternative regulatory approaches to consider.