Downtown District Master Plan - Oxnard Downtown Design Guidelines
"In 1996, the City of Oxnard approved the Oxnard Downtown District Master Plan to foster downtown revitalization."
"The intent of the Oxnard Downtown District Master Plan is to "...create a District of great buildings and streets, scaled and oriented particularly to the pedestrian. All urban and architectural design within the District must contribute to the accommodation and delight of people outside their cars walking around, exploring, shopping and meeting their neighbors in a public place." To accomplish this, design review is required for building changes and new signs."
"The Master Plan envisions retail buildings along specific street frontages to create an outdoor "room" of pedestrian interest and excitement. Retail store fronts on both sides of Fifth Street in the Downtown and along Meta Street, Oxnard Boulevard, as well as A, B and C Streets from Fourth to Sixth Street. City design review will ensure quality improvements."
Since the time of this document planning staff has not kept the promise of possibility to the people, and has not implemented the recommendations in good faith. Yes there is a Downtown Design Review Committee that is currently gutted and never had the expertise or teeth to make a difference.
The OCPG hopes that current planning staff (Circa 2016) will not follow in the footsteps of Oxnard's planning predecessors and instead work to raise the bar. The OCPG urges Oxnard City Planning staff to give up on outmoded text based zoning and other antiquated rules so Oxnard's downtown can become a vital and alive place for people.