Station plan adv

This artist’s concept is what a potential high speed rail station area could look like as part of the draft High Speed Rail Station Area Plan proposed for Palmdale. This design features a large central plaza near the entry to the station to serve as a public gathering space, surrounded by mixed-use commercial and residential development.

PALMDALE — Residents will have one more opportunity to weigh in on plans that could create a new heart of downtown, with residential and commercial developments surrounding public spaces integrated with a hub for multiple forms of transportation.

The latest version of the High Speed Rail Station Area Plan project will be presented during an open house meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway.

The draft plan was last presented to the public at a well-attended meeting in August, and planners have taken the input provided then to refine the project. The results will be ready for the public’s inspection at the open house meeting.

“Please join the city of Palmdale in finalizing this transformational plan,” Transportation/Strategic Initiatives Manager Mike Behen said. “We’d love to hear from you as your comments, suggestions, and thoughts are essential to the project’s success.”

The plan encompasses a section of central Palmdale, including the existing Transit Center. The study area runs from Rancho Vista Boulevard (Avenue P) to Avenue R and from the Antelope Valley Freeway to 15th Street East.

A much larger station to accommodate high-speed rail service will take the place of the existing Transit Center and the rail line will be elevated, with crossings beneath the tracks at Avenue Q and Palmdale Boulevard, designed to help better facilitate east-west travel.

The design focuses on encouraging walking, biking and other means of getting around other than cars.

A large, public gathering place will border the west side of the station, providing a home for activities such as Farmers Markets, concerts and other gatherings.

The project consists of the Draft Station Area Plan and the Palmdale Transit Area Specific Plan documents.

The specific plan lays out zoning within the plan area, dictating what can be built in any particular place.

The area closest to the station would have the highest density, in a combination of commercial and residential development in an urban format.

Existing housing areas will be largely left as is, with newer developments including a variety of housing types and densities.

Avenue Q and Palmdale Boulevard will be the “main street” aspects of the area, designed to encourage pedestrians, bicycles and similar transportation and featuring shops, restaurants and similar businesses.

Commercial and light industrial uses would fill the area closest to the freeway.

Input from the open house meeting will be used to finalize the project plan, which will then go before the Planning Commission and City Council for final approval.

Information on the Palmdale High-Speed Rail Station Area Plan project is available at www.cityofpalmdale.org/Projects/HSRSAP

Contact Mike Behen at 661-267-5337 or mbehen@cityofpalmdale.org for project specific questions.

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