Go Ojai Demonstration Project
The City of Ojai, Southern California Association of Governments, and consultant Street Plans are teaming up to deliver a six-month test of the proposed redesign of Maricopa Highway between Ojai Avenue and E El Roblar Drive/Cuyama Road. This Demonstration Project will test elements of the City’s ATP Project for this stretch of the corridor, including on-street parking, Class II and IV (buffered and separated) bike lanes, and intersection treatments for a re-configuration of the roadway that works better for all modes (cars/vehicles, pedestrians and bikes)! The test project may include things like planters, delineators, paint, and striping, and it will be removed after the six-month evaluation period.
What is a Demonstration Project?
A Demonstration Project is a temporary, low-cost (relative to permanent, capital improvements) intervention used to catalyze long-term change. These types of projects can be anywhere from a weekend to several years. The longer the duration of the test, the more durable the materials used. Demonstration Projects are intended to provide a “rendering in real-time” of proposed infrastructure and/or permanent projects to evaluate the proposed improvements, and offer hands-on participation to the community! These projects can also deliver improvements faster than permanent projects, allowing the community to experience changes while designs are finalized.
The test project will specifically address challenges with the pickup and dropoff at Nordhoff High School, Sanitary District and emergency access, and be flexible enough for the City to respond quickly to any necessary changes during the evaluation period. The ultimate goal of the project is to demonstrate what a more walkable, bikeable AND drive-able Maricopa Highway could look like! From the test, the City and community will be able to experience the proposed design and inform the final design.
Critical to the delivery of this project is the community! The project team will be seeking input on the Demonstration Project design and Kickoff Event, and seeking volunteers for its implementation, through multiple public workshops over the next couple of months. The project team will also meet regularly with its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), comprised of various municipal and county agency staff, and its Community Advisory Committee (CAC).
The Community Advisory Committee is comprised of residents, advocates, and other stakeholders, and will meet more frequently than the Technical Advisory Committee leading up to the project implementation. Members of the CAC are expected to be more involved in the day-to-day planning of the project, although this is not required to join.
If you’d like to join the project’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC), email email@example.com.
See below for the schedule of upcoming public engagements. Please note, all public engagements will be virtual until further notice (click the name of the public engagement below to join virtually).
- Virtual Workshop #1 – Wednesday, April 15th, 5-7pm PDT
- CAC Meeting #2 – TBD