The City of Richmond, in partnership with Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), the Local Government Commission (LGC), and Opticos Design, Inc. has prepared a Final Draft Richmond Livable Corridors Form-Based Code (FBC) for three major commercial corridors in the City. Upon adoption, the FBC will be an implementation tool that guides the transformation and revitalization of Macdonald Avenue, San Pablo Avenue, and 23rd Street into livable, walkable, and economically thriving corridors. Portions of these three corridors are identified as Priority Development Areas (PDAs) by ABAG and MTC.
The intent of the FBC is to foster a high-quality built environment. The FBC focuses on the creation, revitalization, and preservation of vibrant, walkable urban places by utilizing physical form, rather than land use, as the primary organizing principle. It also promotes standards for both private and public spaces. The FBC addresses physical characteristics and standards governing private realm components along the corridors, including building placement, form, height, frontage, and land use, ensuring that new development contributes to walkable urbanism. The FBC also addresses roadways, streets, sidewalks, and civic spaces. Special emphasis is given to sustainability and public health indicators, ensuring that regulations promote environmentally responsible places that maximize public health benefits. This community planning effort is funded in part through a grant awarded by the California Strategic Growth Council.