Downtown Master Plan

Conceptual image showing pedestrian oriented scene with traffic management and landscaping features.

Downtown Master Plan

A vibrant downtown is essential to the health of the greater city around it.  Modesto's downtown is attracting attention for its current appeal and its future potential.   This potential can be realized through vision and community engagement.  That vision and engagement are the reasons for the Downtown Master Plan.

The Downtown Master Plan project will address improved parking, attractive public spaces, such as tiny parks and plazas, and opportunities for housing, transit and other elements of a successful downtown.

Building on Community Engagement

The success of the Downtown Master Plan depends on community involvement and engagement.  Throughout the planning process there will be community activities for positive conversations that will determine the downtown Modesto of the future.


Design Charrettes Activity - September 30 - October 4, 2019

Inputs from the July 22 Visioning event will be integrated into a multi-day exploration of potential downtown design concepts.   There will be an opening meeting, a closing meeting, and several days for Modestans to walk through and comment on concept exhibits.  The location and date for the Charrettes will be posted here and on the Downtown Master Plan Meetings Calendar.    Watch for more detailed information to come.


Kickoff Downtown Walking Tour and Visioning Workshop - July 22, 2019

Side by side photos of downtown walking tour group, and visioning workshop group taken on July 22, 2

The first community engagement event involved a walking tour of downtown and a visioning workshop.  The Mayor, Council members and Modestans gathered to get a on-the-street perspective of the current downtown and some exciting future opportunities.   Later the same day, a visioning workshop was held at the McHenry Museum to hear how the City and consulting firm Opticos is approaching the a holistic, downtown-wide plan.

More than 80 active community members attended these events, listened and shared their hopes, concerns and great ideas.   

Focus Groups

Several Focus Group meetings were facilitated after the Walking Tour on July 22, 2019 to identify topical issues and concerns to be addressed in the Downtown Master Plan.  Those notes have been assembled by Opticos for reference.

Workshop Summary Notes

Twelve tables of 6-8 participated the Visioning Workshop Exercise, producing a diverse array of concepts for the improvement of downtown Modesto from strategic to detailed.   The recommendations from all of the tables have been assembled by Opticos for reference.