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The Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan was adopted by the City Council on May 3, 2011. Copies of the entire specific plan or individual chapters are available via the links appearing below.

If you would like a hard copy of the entire document, please contact the Community Development Department at (805) 237-3970 (copy or CD fees may apply).

Specific Plan

Cover and Credits

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction [pdf:2.07mb/26pp]

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1.1 Plan Purpose
1.2 The Transect
1.3 Goals
1.4 Plan Authority
1.5 Relationship of this Specific Plan to other Plans and Documents
1.6 Project Location and Boundaries
1.7 Local Physical Conditions
1.8 Existing Demographic and Market Conditions
1.9 Public Participation and Plan Participation
1.10 Plan-wide Policies - General

Chapter 2: Form and Character [pdf:3.08mb/48pp]

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2.1 The Vision and Plan

2.1.1 Uptown
2.1.2 Oak Park
2.1.3 Midtown
2.1.4 Downtown
2.1.5 South of Downtown
2.1.6 Riverside Avenue Corridor
2.1.7 Paso Robles Event Center
2.1.8 Pioneer Park and the Pioneer Park History Center
2.1.9 Salinas River

2.2 Open Space and Streetscape

2.2.1 Streetscape Network
2.2.2 Open Space Framework
2.2.3 Paso Robles City Park

Chapter 3: Infrastructure [pdf:4.28mb/56pp]

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3.1 Creating Improved Streets

3.1.1 Guiding Principles for Street Design
3.1.2 Street Design Standards
3.1.3 Transit and Bike Paths

3.2 Streetscape Improvements
3.3 Parking

3.3.1 Pay Parking
3.3.2 Parking Costs and Financing Strategies
3.3.3 Development
3.3.4 Parking Policies to Support Downtown Today
3.3.5 Parking Policies to Support Additional Downtown Development

3.4 Transit
3.5 Public Services Infrastructure

3.5.1 Uptown
3.5.2 Midtown
3.5.3 Downtown
3.5.4 South of Downtown
3.5.5 Riverside Avenue Corridor

3.6 Sustainable Stormwater
3.7 Parks and Open Space

Chapter 4: Implementation [pdf:310kb/22pp]

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4.1 Introduction
4.2 Implementation Program
4.3 Funding Sources
4.4 Parking Costs and Financing Strategies

Chapter 5: The Development Code [pdf:3.75mb/128pp]

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5.1 Purpose and Applicability
5.2 Regulating Plan and Zones
5.3 Land Use Regulations
5.4 Urban Standards

5.4.1 T3 Neighborhood (T-3N) Zone
5.4.2 T3 Flex (T3-F) Zone
5.4.3 T4 Neighborhood (T4-N) Zone
5.4.4 T4 Flex (T4-F) Zone
5.4.5 T4 Neighborhood Center (T4-NC) Zone
5.4.6 Town Center 1 (TC-1) Zone
5.4.7 Town Center 2 (TC-2) Zone
5.4.8 Riverside Corridor (RC) Zone

5.5 Architectural Standards

5.5.1 Building Types
5.5.2 Frontage Types
5.5.3 Architectural Styles

5.6 Sign Standards
5.7 Additional Requirements and Guidelines

5.7.1 Landscape and Open Space
5.7.2 Parking Standards
5.7.3 Trash Enclosure Standards
5.7.4 Utility Screening
5.7.5 Domestic Water Standards
5.7.6 Storage
5.7.7 Solar Energy
5.7.8 Additional Requirements for Multi-Family Housing

5.8 Subdivision Standards

5.9 Definitions

Appendix 1: Regulating Plan [pdf:1mb/6pp]

Appendix 2: Architectural Guildelines [pdf:7mb/66pp]

Final Environmental Impact Report

A Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), consisting of responses to comments received plus the Draft EIR, has been prepared and will be considered by both the Planning Commission and City Council at the public hearing on the Draft Specific Plan. Copies of the FEIR are available for public review in this location and at the Reference Desk in the Public Library.

Final EIR - Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan

Cover and Table of Contents
I.   Introduction to Final EIR
1.0 Executive Summary
2.0 Introduction
3.0 Project Description
4.0 Cumulative Scenario
5.0 Environmental Setting
6.0 Environmental Analysis
7.0 Alternatives
8.0 Growth-Inducing Impacts
9.0 Significant Irreversible Environmental Changes
10. References
11. Organizations and Persons Consulted
12. Introduction to Comments on the Draft EIR
13. Response to Comments


Basically, the City will re-master plan the west side of town. This is a significant undertaking identified as a key objective of the General Plan, Economic Strategy, Council Goals, and current Budget/Financial Plan. A new vision for the future will be developed to include:

  • Uptown/Town Centre MapNew mix of residential & commercial uses, types, and densities;
  • Transit system improvements to emphasize pedestrian,, bicycle, & public transit equally with automobile, calm traffic, & link neighborhoods;
  • Downtown expansion;
  • Salinas River restoration, enhancement and connection with an expanded downtown;
  • Orientation of future development upon traditional neighborhood design principles;
  • Master planning City & Pioneer Parks, as well as Robbins Field;
  • Master planning historical museums;
  • Master planning PR Event Center non-equestrian facilities;
  • Updating historical buildings inventory and create an historic building preservation/reuse code;
  • Rethinking west side traffic circulation, public transit and parking.


Project "Pipeline" Report

Creston Road Complete and Sustainable Streets Corridor Plan

Uptown/Town Centre
Specific Plan

California Environmental Quality Act

Municipal Code Online Library

General Plan Maps [PDF]
Zoning Maps [PDF]

Zoning Information

Building or Engineering

User Fee Schedules

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