The East Palo Alto General Plan Update and Westside Area Plan received the 2017 Award of Merit for Comprehensive Planning for a Small City by the Northern California Chapter of the American Planning Association. As part of a team led by Raimi + Associates, Nelson\Nygaard helped prepare a comprehensive update of the City’s General Plan, introducing a new focus on public health, sustainability, and housing affordability.

Nelson\Nygaard led the transportation and parking aspects of the plan. Key transportation policies in the new plan include a Vision Zero policy, which places safety first and foremost; supportive policies and plans for traffic calming, bicycle and pedestrian networks; transit-priority streets; new bicycle and pedestrian-friendly street types; and reformed performance measures that prioritize safety over roadway widening. The plan also replaces a proposed high-speed bayfront expressway with a bicycle and pedestrian trail that will reconnect the City to its waterfront and includes curb parking management policies designed to alleviate curb parking shortages without relying on excessive minimum parking requirements.

The plan was unanimously adopted by the City Council in October 2016. Learn more about Vista 2035.