Transit Villages Plan
Preparation of the “Transit Villages Specific Plan” has begun! The Planning Division, in conjunction with the City’s consultant, is preparing the draft specific plan chapters at this time. This new specific plan will focus on future development around three new train stations in the core of Redlands, which will be called “transit villages” around the three station sites, and will help implement the long-term vision for future growth contained in the 2035 General Plan.
At Left: the historic Santa Fe Depot (circa 1945) in Downtown Redlands, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Train lines began serving Redlands in the late 1800s, connecting the sprawling citrus industry to destinations throughout the nation.
The Transit Villages Specific Plan will be a critical tool for implementing the new 2035 General Plan. More than 100 new Policies and Actions are directly related to implementing the Transit Village Concept. For example, Policy 4-P.51 states, “Complete a Transit Village Plan that will define: village character, design guidelines for architecture and site development, permitted and conditional uses, building setbacks and heights, yards, interfaces with the public streets and sidewalks, security measures, and transitions to existing neighborhoods.”
Project website: https://redlandstransitvillages.org/
The Transit Villages Specific Plan will be a regulating document similar to the Zoning Code. As a specific plan, it will contain very detailed development standards (such as building height, setbacks, parking, etc.), types of allowed land uses, architectural design requirements, infrastructure requirements, and public realm improvements for the future development of the future transit villages areas. In this case for the Transit Villages Specific Plan project, the geographical area is identified by the draft Specific Plan Boundary map (refer to the project website to see the current draft boundary map).
For more information about this project, including the overall
schedule and currently available documents, go to the
project website: https://redlandstransitvillages.org
Redlands Passenger Rail Project
by the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA)
Website for SBCTA’s Redlands Passenger Rail project is www.redlandsrailproject.org (click here).