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Pleasanton Objective Design Standards

DESCRIPTION As a prospering suburb in the Tri Valley just over the hills from the Bay Area, Pleasanton has a complicated relationship with growth. VMWP previously authored Transit Oriented Development Design Guidelines and Housing Design Guidelines for Pleasanton. Spurred by a statewide mandate to provide Objective […]

Wayzata Design Standards

DESCRIPTION Wayzata was once an ordinary small town in an extraordinary location on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka. In the past two generations the town has been enveloped by the suburbanization of the West Metro. In response to these trends, the Wayzata Comprehensive Plan sought […]

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 […]

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