Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Specific Plan?

A Specific Plan is a regulatory tool that local governments use to implement the General Plan and to guide development in a localized area. While the General Plan is the City’s overall guide for growth and development and the Zoning Code is the tool for regulating development in the entire City, a Specific Plan focuses on the unique characteristics of a special area by customizing the planning process and land use regulations to that area.

A Specific Plan is intended to be a tool for developers, property owners, City staff and decision makers by providing strong and clear policies, development standards, and a vision that guides land use decisions, infrastructure and design improvements, and economic development activities in the project area. A Specific Plan should remove constraints to efficient development and encourage desired patterns of activity, land uses and development types.

What is Transit Oriented Development?

Transit oriented development is development that is located within easy walking distance of a major transit stop, such as the future transit station in Downtown Hemet. It generally contains a mix of residential, employment, retail, and complementing public uses designed for pedestrians without excluding the auto. Transit oriented development can be new construction or redevelopment of one or more buildings wherein the design and orientation facilitate transit use, and the density is appropriate to the setting. The location, design, configuration, and mix of uses in a transit-oriented development provide an alternative to current suburban development trends by emphasizing a pedestrian-oriented environment and reinforcing the use of public transportation. Transit-oriented development significantly reduces auto dependency, helps revitalize areas and offers a new model for managing growth.

A transit district is a compact, mixed-use community centered around the transit station that, by design, invites residents and workers, and shoppers to drive their cars less and ride mass transit more. A transit district extends roughly a quarter mile from a transit station, a distance that can be covered in about five minutes by foot. The centerpiece of a transit district is the transit station itself and the civic and public spaces that surround it. The transit station is what connects village residents and workers to the rest of the region, providing convenient and ready access to downtown areas, major activity centers and popular destinations.
Source: Transit Villages in the 21st Century, Michael Bernick and Robert Cervero

Has the City already made a final decision about changing the zoning designations?

No. Public input received at the workshops and hearings will be used to consider and refine proposed land use changes. In some cases, existing zoning designations may ultimately remain unchanged.

How could a change in zoning designation affect the value of my property?

Property values could be affected by changes in zoning in a variety of ways subject to the real estate market. Depending on its size and location, a particular underutilized property could become more valuable under a new zoning designation that provides for more development options or greater densities. However, in the end, the effect that a zoning change may have on property value is speculative and hence, cannot be predicted.

How is this project being funded?

This is a project for the City of Hemet with funding provided by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Sustainability Program. The Sustainability Program is a key SCAG initiative for implementing the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS), combining Compass Blueprint assistance for integrated land use and transportation planning with new Green Region Initiative assistance aimed at local sustainability and Active Transportation assistance for bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts. Sustainability Projects are intended to provide SCAG-member jurisdictions the resources to implement regional policies at the local level, focusing on voluntary efforts that will meet local needs and contribute to implementing the RTP/SCS, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and providing the range of local and regional benefits outlined in the RTP/SCS. The work upon which this publication is based was funded in part through a grant awarded by the Strategic Growth Council under Grant Number 3014-629.

Who are the consultants working with the City on this project?

SCAG and the City of Hemet have selected The Arroyo Group, a planning and urban design firm located in Pasadena, California, to prepare the Downtown Hemet Specific Plan. For over thirty-five years, The Arroyo Group has created award winning land use and design plans in the western United States that have been, and are continuing to be, successfully implemented. The Arroyo Group team includes a variety disciplines necessary for this complex Specific Plan project, including planning, urban design, transportation planning, civil engineering, and implementation.

How do I get more information about this project?

Check the website regularly to learn about the latest news regarding the Specific Plan and upcoming community workshops. If you cannot find the information you need on this website or have additional questions, click here to send an email or contact Ron Running, Project Planner, Community Development Department at (951) 765-2393.