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Meeting Date: 05/30/2023  
From: Michelle McNulty, Planning Director
Department: Community Development  

J.W. Powell Specific Plan Study Update
Provide a status update on the J.W. Powell Specific Plan Study. 
City Staff will provide an update on the J.W. Powell Specific Plan Study. This update will focus on what a specific plan is and the customization of such a plan for this area. Furthermore, the update will cover recent flooding as well as specifics for Change Order 5. This Change Order is being requested to allow for the critical planning and public involvement portion of this project to take place. The Specific Plan will create a robust planning initiative for the entire study area and include careful coordination with City Staff and leadership, study area landowners, and community members. The final “plan” and document will address the full range of deliverables including proposed policies, proposed plans and proposed initiatives moving forward. All with the intent of complementing the City’s Regional Plan and helping to guide growth and development in this area of the City.
Background/History: On 20 February 2018, City Council approved the contract with Peak Engineering, Inc. for the John Wesley Powell Area Specific Plan Study to develop a Specific Plan to guide the future private development of public infrastructure, utilities and public facilities (schools, fire/police stations, libraries, parks, etc.).

In November 2018, voters approved Proposition 419 which allocated funding for roadway and bike and pedestrian improvements along the future John Wesley Powell Boulevard extension. 

On 27 October 2020, City Staff and the JW Powell Design Team presented an update to City Council regarding the current design work and the Land Use Framework.  

On 28 January 2021, the JW Powell Design Team conducted a corporate meeting with the small-parcel property owners and consequential one-on-one meetings with small-parcel property owners who requested to meet regarding specifics to their respective parcels. Starting in May 2021, the JW Powell Design Team began to meet with the large-parcel property owners individually. 
On 28 June and 7 July 2022, City Council, along with copious community input, selected the final alignment for the new JWP roadway extension. The final alignment shifts the alignment to the west and out of the South Fourth Street corridor.

Council-Approved Alignment Map
Specific Plan Scope of Work


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