The current Main Street Moves program and semi-permanent street closure is part of a short-term program. Currently, studies are underway to learn about the potential long-term impacts of the program. The study includes an environmental analysis, California Environment and Quality Act (CEQA) analysis, and design guidelines for the parklets. Additionally, as a part of the environmental report, transportation impacts are being studied on the surrounding streets. Based on the analysis, recommendations will be made to the City.
The City hired Rincon Consultants (RRM) to prepare an environmental review document necessary for all future long-term iterations of the Main Street Moves program. The final report should be completed by end of 2023 or early 2024. RRM has valuable experience in Ventura and developing design guidelines for other cities, including Long Beach’s outdoor dining program
The City is in the process of gathering background information and meeting with stakeholders. With this input, the City can provide reasonable guidelines that fit Ventura and further improve on economic value Main Street Moves brings to Downtown. The final guidelines document is anticipated to go to the City Council for consideration in the fall of 2023.