Go Ojai Demonstration Project
Starting December 7, 2020, the City of Ojai, SCAG, and consultant Street Plans will install a six-month demonstration of the City’s proposed Active Transportation Program (ATP) improvements to Maricopa Highway between Ojai Avenue and El Roblar Drive/Cuyama Road. The demonstration will be extended as necessary to overlap the resumption of full in-person classes at Nordhoff High School. The Demonstration will help the City and Caltrans learn lessons before the permanent, final project is built in the coming year(s). The Demonstration Project will include the reallocation of a travel lane in each direction for parking-protected/separated bike lanes, intersection improvements like curb extensions, and temporary planters. The project will provide the City’s first on-street, protected bikeway, as well as connections to the Ojai Valley Bike Trail, Ojai Meadows Preserve, and Meiners Oaks, and make it safer for people to walk, bike, AND drive along Maricopa Highway!
The project team is seeking community volunteers, starting on Tuesday, December 8th, to help with tasks like planting planters, painting green conflict zones, installing planters and delineators, and installing project signage. Sign up for the Go Ojai Volunteer Days to the right!
We are appreciative of the following donations for the Go Ojai Demonstration Project: Soil from Agromin on behalf of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition, plant material from El Nativo Growers, and volunteer outreach assistance from the Ojai Valley Green Coalition.
- November 10, 2020 Presentation to City Council
- Go Ojai Demonstration Project Site Plan
- Project FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- CAC Meeting #1 Presentation
- Public Q&A #1 Presentation
- CAC Meeting #2 Presentation
- Public Q&A#2 Presentation
- CAC Meeting #12 Presentation
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).
CAC Meeting #14
Wednesday, November 18st @ 11:00 AM
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CAC Meeting #15
Wednesday, December 2nd @ 11:00 AM
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CAC Meeting #13
Wednesday, November 4th @ 11:00 AM
CAC Meeting #13 Video Recording
CAC Meeting #12
Wednesday, October 21st @ 11:00 AM
CAC Meeting #12 Video Recording
CAC Meeting #11
Wednesday, October 7th @ 11:00 AM
CAC Meeting #11 Video Recording
CAC Meeting #10
Wednesday, September 23th @ 11:00 AM
CAC Meeting #10 Video Recording
CAC Meeting #9
Wednesday, September 9th @ 11:00 AM
CAC Meeting #9 Video
CAC Meeting #8
Wednesday, August 26th @ 11:00 AM
CAC Meeting #8 Video Recording
CAC Meeting #7
Wednesday, August 12th @ 11:00 AM
CAC Meeting #7 Video Recording
CAC Meeting #6
Wednesday, July 29th @ 11:00 AM
CAC Meeting #6 Video Recording
CAC Meeting #5
Public Q&A #3
CAC Meeting #4
Items Discussed: Documentation and evaluation, outreach and volunteer solicitation.
Public Q&A #2
Items Discussed: Review Virtual Walk Audit results, review Draft Site Plan
CAC Meeting #2
CAC Meeting #2 Video
Items Discussed: Project updates, outreach and communications strategies, feedback strategies, Virtual Walk Audit
Items Discussed: Introduction to Quick-Build methodology, project overview,
branding, Kick-Off Event ideas
CAC Meeting #1
Thursday, March 5th @ 11:00 AM