The Specific Plan consists of a 20-block downtown served by Metrolink commuter rail, a commercial corridor in downtown, two flanking neighborhoods, and an industrial district. Upon buildout, the Specific Plan will include up to 1,092 new residential units and nearly 1-million square feet of new commercial space. A portion of this growth will be attributed to new development, while some will also include revitalization of existing buildings.
The specific plan was created following a public participation process that evaluated the history of Newhall, current conditions, and revitalization strategies in other communities. Chapter 1 details major projects that can be initiated and policies to consider to renew Old Town Newhall.
The centerpiece of the specific plan is the transformation of San Fernando Road into a pedestrian-oriented "Main Street" with public buildings, parking garages, an open air market (Mercado) and mixed commercial and residential development.
This section also outlines various housing types and transportation and landscaping plans that will collectively contribute to the success of the specific plan. Other elements such as Hart Park and historic sites are also discussed and incorporated into the specific plan.
The specific plan should be fully implemented in 10-15 years. Chapter 3 identifies and describes the various phases of the plan and details how included projects may be implemented and funded. Residents, developers and business prospects are urged to contact City staff for current information on pending and approved projects as well as those currently under construction.
The Specific Plan established a new code and zoning for the Old Town Newhall area. Chapter 4 describes the development opportunities available to property and business owners within each zone.