RICK’s Community Planning & Landscape Architecture Department completed an Environmental Baseline Study, Specific Plan and Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 1,400-acre Northside Specific Plan for the City of Riverside. The Specific Plan focused on the revitalization of an existing golf course, the incorporation of significant historic resources, and a re-thinking of underutilized industrial designated lands. RICK’s Community Planning & Landscape Architecture department put much emphasis on creating unique neighborhoods with an interwoven mobility system that incorporated active automobile transportation.
RICK led a series of neighborhood and community open houses and outreach programs to engage the public and numerous stakeholders (property owners, city officials, and community advocates). More specifically, RICK led bi-lingual outreach efforts that catered to the City of Riverside’s populous. After open houses and community engagement, the final plan proposed a mixture of commercial uses, open space, and residential development to help meet the demand for more housing in the Inland Empire. RICK used a multi-faceted approach to solicit neighborhood and community feedback such as “community visioning” with renderings that conveyed the plan components. The community was able to engage and provide input for each of the plan components on multiple occasions and shortly thereafter, RICK was able to incorporate the suggestions into the final plan components.