Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan

The City of Fountain Valley Planning Department has embarked on the creation of a draft Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan.

The Specific Plan is intended to provide new policy direction, guidance, zoning regulations, and design standards for the geographic area generally located north of Ellis Avenue, south of Talbert Avenue, east of the Santa Ana River Channel, and west of Ward Street.
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The purpose of the Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan will be to provide a policy and zoning framework that will allow for additional land-uses in the project area.

The city’s goal is to encourage current and future property owners to invest in their property through added land-use flexibility. This added value will not only allow property owners and businesses to continue to operate as they do today, but will also provide a design in which a activity center district can be created through private investment.

The Draft Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan, includes a vision, development regulations, streetscape designs, public space improvements, and a range of implementation measures that will foster the comprehensive re-use and reinvestment in properties in the specific plan area in the future. The specific plan will use a form-based code to incorporate these elements. A form-based code is a land development regulation that fosters predictable built results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for the code. A form-based code is a regulation, not a mere guideline, adopted into city law.
The project will include the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to identify potential impacts of change and mitigation measures to reduce those impacts.

Below is a the tentative project schedule and links to the Draft Specific Plan, presentation materials, and videos of meetings.

        Existing Conditions Inventory of Study Area – Complete
        Public Workshops & Stakeholder Input –  Complete
        Public Scoping Meeting for the EIR – Completed on 10/28/2015
        Public Review Draft Specific Plan Prepared – Completed on 7/7/2016
        Notice of Availability of the Draft EIR Released – TBD
         Public Hearing to take Public Comment on Draft EIR - TBD
        Public Review of Draft EIR Closes – TBD (45 days after Notice of Availability Publishes)
        Planning Commission Public Hearing for Draft EIR and
             Specific Plan and recommendation to the City Council
 – January/February 2017     
        City Council Public Hearing for
             consideration of Draft EIR and Specific Plan
– February/March 2017  

Project Updates

       Joint Study Session of the City Council and Planning Commission - July 12, 2016 
         July 12, 2016 - 6:00 pm. - City Council Chambers
         Watch Video
         View the Presentation
The purpose of this joint study session was to introduce the public to the Draft of the proposed  Fountain  Valley Crossings Specific Plan. No action was taken at the Joint Study Session Meeting.

The public review Draft Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan Files can be viewed by clicking on the links below.  

            Draft Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan

            Draft Fountain Valley Crossing Specific Plan Reference Volume

        Community Workshop #3 - July 15, 2015:
        Public Space, Streetscape, & Mobility Analysis                
        July 15, 2015 - 6:00 p.m. - City Hall Council Chambers
        Watch Video
         View the PowerPoint Presentation

        Community Workshop #2 - May 14, 2015
        Opportunities, Vision, & Strategic Framework
        May 14, 2015 - 6:00 p.m. - City Hall Council Chambers
        Watch Video
        View the PowerPoint presentation
        Press Release dated May 20, 2015    

        Community Workshop #1 - February 18, 2015:
        Existing Conditions & Context
        February 18, 2015 - 6:00  p.m. - City Hall Council Chambers
         Watch Video
         View the PowerPoint presentation

Project Team

On August 19, 2014, the City Council approved a contract with the Planning Consulting Firm of Freedman, Tung, and Sasaki for the preparation of the Specific Plan and related Environmental Impact Report.