In the summer of 2014, your City Council launched a process to develop a vision for the transformation of Downtown and West Texas Street. This process will include extensive community discussion about how to improve and revitalize Downtown and West Texas Street. The City will use this community input to develop the “Heart of Fairfield Plan” which will guide City and community decisions for years to come. The final plan, anticipated to be adopted by the City Council in early 2017, will address land uses and opportunities for appropriate new development, public infrastructure and transportation improvements, community amenities, and public safety.
This plan is intended to be an action plan, and it will focus on tools needed to achieve the community’s vision for Downtown and West Texas Street, including zoning and design standards, fee incentives, and street and sidewalk improvements designed to improve walkability and bicycle friendliness in the heart of our community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What areas are included in the Heart of Fairfield Plan?
The Heart of Fairfield Plan covers two important areas in Fairfield: Downtown and the West Texas Street. These areas are shown on the following map and described below:
Downtown Fairfield is the original town center for the city and contains the Fairfield Community Center, the County Government Center, a traditional “small town” commercial corridor along Texas Street, and a mixture of older homes, small apartment buildings, and small office and commercial structures north and south of Texas Street. Highway 12 abuts Downtown to the south. The Suisun-Fairfield Amtrak/Capital Corridor train station is immediately south of Highway 12 in Suisun City. The Fairfield Main Street Association is a business improvement district that serves as an advocate for downtown businesses and property owners and engages in marketing and the organization of community events such as the Fairfield Tomato Festival.
West Texas Street
The West Texas Street is an older commercial district, which was developed along historic Lincoln Highway/Highway 40. The area includes a mixture of individual commercial buildings, older shopping strips, service stations, and restaurants. Winery Square, a neighborhood shopping center anchored by a supermarket and drug store, is located near the western end of West Texas Street, and Home Depot and Target also operate large stores in this area. Residential development on West Texas Street includes a 200-unit high density apartment development. Fairfield’s largest community park, Allan Witt Park and Aquatic Center, provides significant green space and a major community recreational amenity. Older single-family residences dating to the 1950s and 1960s abut the commercial corridor, with a mixture of single-family and older multifamily complexes to the south. The City of Fairfield Transportation Center, a regional bus and carpooling center, abuts Interstate 80 at the western end of the West Texas Street corridor. The Fairfield Linear Park Trail, a community bicycle and pedestrian spine, crosses West Texas Street at Oliver Road.
How can I get involved and provide input?
We want to hear from you! We encourage you to participate by attending workshops and public meetings, completing surveys, and submitting your comments either through the website or by contacting City staff directly. For more information, please refer to the How to Get Involved page.
How long will the process last?
The Heart of Fairfield Plan process is anticipated to take approximately two and a half years, starting in summer 2014 and concluding with City Council adoption of the new plan in early 2017. It is anticipated that the 11 major project tasks will be completed based on the following schedule:
- Task A: Kick-off and Profile Reports (Summer - Fall 2014)
- Task B: Community Involvement Program (Ongoing)
- Task C: Market Demand Analysis (Fall 2014)
- Task D: Vision and Land Use Study (Winter - Spring 2015)
- Task E: Affordable Housing Strategy (Summer 2015)
- Task F: Multi-Modal Access and Connectivity (Summer 2015)
- Task G: Design Guidelines/Development Prototypes (Fall 2015 - Summer 2016)
- Task H: Parking Analysis (Summer 2016)
- Task I: Infrastructure Development and Budget (Summer 2016)
- Task J: Economic Feasibility (Summer 2016)
- Task K: Plan Development, CEQA and Adoption (Summer 2016 - Spring 2017)
How are other public agencies involved?
While the Heart of Fairfield Plan is ultimately a City of Fairfield document, many other public agencies are involved directly or indirectly in both its implementation and ultimate success. These agencies include Solano Transportation Authority, the City of Suisun City, Solano County, local school districts, and many others. The City will be meeting with these agencies throughout the process, and these agencies will have opportunities to provide feedback and comments on project documents.
Will there be environmental review and analysis?
Yes. Like any planning or policy project, the Heart of Fairfield Plan will require the City to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This will ensure that impacts are properly mitigated, and will also make reviewing and approving future projects easier so long as they are consistent with the Plan and EIR. This will be another incentive for the redevelopment of Downtown and West Texas Street. For additional information about the CEQA process, please visit the State's CEQA website.