35% Design Image of Potential Parking Structure
In 2001, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) started a regional visioning process that culminated in a strategy for regional growth that would accommodate the coming growth while providing for livability, mobility, prosperity, and sustainability. This visioning process, which became known as a “Compass Blueprint,” was intended to promote a stronger link between transportation and land use planning at both regional and local scales so that growth is directed toward areas that offer mobility and transportation choices.
Beginning in 2003, the five North Orange County Cities (NOCC) of Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia and Yorba Linda received a grant to participate in a Compass Blueprint study to explore opportunities for transit-oriented development around an emerging high-capacity transit system. The study resulted in a comprehensive report addressing the long-range needs for parking, pedestrian circulations, multi-modal transit access, commercial intensification, and public gathering areas of a proposed Metrolink Station in the City’s historic downtown area. The report found that there was a need for a parking structure to support multi-modal transit access, existing commercial businesses and future economic opportunities.