Riverside - Northside Specific Plan
The Northside is one of Riverside, California’s initial communities, situated north of downtown and adjacent to the Santa Ana River and open spaces. It contains established neighborhoods, a commercial corridor with many local businesses, and both older and newer light industrial uses as well as the historic Trujillo Adobe, dating back to the Spanish Trail. The launch of the Specific Plan has been awaited for many years by residents, property owners and the City of Riverside, to address how to best use several large opportunity areas (including a centrally-located closed golf course), address community needs for better local shopping and safer mobility conditions, and reinforcing community connections with its history and environment. The community involvement program, led by Kearns & West, is based on objectives for broad participation by the diverse communities in the Northside, transparency, and integration with previous neighborhood visioning. The multi-pronged program includes traditional engagement methods, including a series of community workshops, balanced with other methods to involve people typically underrepresented in public process, such as school open houses, booths at community events, office hours with the planning team in the Northside, and partnering with local organizations. Nearly 20 organizations provided input on the community involvement plan itself.