San Luis Obispo County planners are looking to Oceano residents for ideas on how to make their town a more inviting place to walk, bicycle, shop and get together.
A community outing and workshop is set for tonight to solicit ideas on how to make the downtown area more inviting and safer for walking and bicycling, as well as strategies to promote business development on Highway 1.
“We’re calling it a revitalization plan,” said Chuck Stevenson, division manager for long-range planning.
County planners have long discussed sprucing up Oceano. The county has had a guideline, called the Oceano Specific Plan, in place for the seaside community since 2002.
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The revitalization plan will build on those guidelines and identify a concise vision and specific improvements for the downtown area along Highway 1 and the neighborhood around Oceano Elementary School.
Such improvements could include sidewalks, curbs, gutters and streetlights, all of which could enhance the area and attract economic investments in the town, Stevenson said.
The county has received a nearly $150,000 grant from Caltrans to complete the new study. The county will also spend about $13,000 from its Department of Public Works road fund.
Stevenson said the county can go after grants of other sources of funding once specific improvements are identified.
According to a staff report written last year, residential areas are 80 percent built out, “but commercial development has not kept up and has, in fact, declined on the historic Highway 1 corridor.”
Sidewalks and streetlights are missing on most streets, and a clear demarcation of bicycle and pedestrian routes is lacking.
Stroll around town, then share your thoughts
A downtown neighborhood walk is set to start at 5 p.m. today, followed by a workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Both events start at the Oceano Community Services District building at 1655 Front St. Food and refreshments will be provided. Concepts shared tonight will be reviewed at another meeting Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A preliminary plan for potential improvements in Oceano will be presented July 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.