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San Jose Design Standards and Guidelines

DESCRIPTION Covering 180 square miles, San José is the largest city in the Bay Area, extending from the San Francisco Bay to the Santa Clara Valley foothills. San José is composed of diverse communities spread across a well-established mix of residential, commercial, and industrial uses; public […]

Portland Infill Prototypes

DESCRIPTION In recent years, Portland has experienced a large amount of multi-dwelling and row house development. This provides needed housing for the residents. However, not all of this development has met the community’s design goals, such as respecting desired neighborhood character and contributing to a pedestrian-oriented […]

EPA Smart Growth Charettes

DESCRIPTION VMWP is the urban design and architectural consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Technical Assistance Program Team. The EPA Technical Assistance Program provides grants in the form of technical assistance from economic urban design and traffic and circulation specialists to communities faced with […]

Sereno Transit ViIllage

DESCRIPTION The Sereno Transit Village Concept Plan presents a vision for the redevelopment and transformation of an existing retail area into a pedestrian-oriented walkable mixed use center. The plan includes a conceptual design for the Sereno Transit Center, land use recommendations for the surrounding area, and […]

Santa Clara Transit Area Plan

DESCRIPTION The Santa Clara Transit Area Study, initiated in Fall 2001 and funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, examined existing conditions and identified opportunities for new and in-fill development and redevelopment around the historic train depot and future BART Station in order to […]

Yale Place TOD

DESCRIPTION The Yale TOD Master Plan, Yale Place, presents a unique suburban infill site where a walkable, mixed-use neighborhood adjacent to the Yale Station light rail stop will be created. The project area consists of the 10 acres west of highway I-25 and north of Yale […]

Compton Streetscape & Guidelines

DESCRIPTION The Compton Boulevard Streetscape Master Plan and Compton Urban Design Guidelines are two projects that work together to create a new vision for Downtown Compton and major streets and nodes through out the city. The Compton Urban Design Guidelines sets up a framework for development […]

Rebuild Potrero SFHA Master Plan

DESCRIPTION The Potrero Housing Authority site is located on the edge of Potrero Hill, a steep site with dramatic views of the city and the San Francisco Bay. The transformation of this obsolete public housing site reconnects the street grid with a series of blocks similar to the surrounding […]

Belmar Master Plan

description Belmar is the redevelopment of a failed 1960’s 100 acre enclosed shopping mall into a vibrant urban village. The site is bordered by two high volume state highways adjacent to Lakewood’s civic center, community park and single family neighborhoods. The urban design is organized as […]

Grand Boulevard Feasibility Study

DESCRIPTION The Grand Boulevard Initiative is the coordinated planning effort of multiple Cities, Counties and agencies to develop a Vision for approximately 50 miles of the El Camino Real corridor into a series of vibrant mixed use hubs. VMWP worked closely with Strategic Economics, the prime […]

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