The City of Beaumont recently completed the process of updating the City's General Plan, which took effect in January of 2021. Part of the update included creating a Downtown Area Plan. View the plan here.
The Downtown Vision is a plan to revitalize Downtown Beaumont to be the heart of the City, providing an exciting diversity of economic, residential, and cultural opportunities. It will be a vibrant and dynamic place to work, live, shop, and gather for special events. It will also be a pedestrian-friendly environment with comfortable sidewalks and an inviting streetscape.
The Downtown Area Plan will create a balanced and integrated mix of residential, office, retail and civic land uses that generate daily activity in the daytime, and in the evenings create a lively and dynamic environment. This plan encourages opportunities for public gathering spaces and parks for civic and cultural events that are supported by a street network which meets the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles.
Currently Staff is gathering feedback from the Planning Commission, Economic Development Committee, and downtown property owners on development standards and design guidelines. The City wants to assist in creating areas along 6th Street, Beaumont Avenue and adjoining blocks, that will include a mix of retail, entertainment, and residential uses. The intent is to provide a vibrant and dynamic place to work, live, shop, and gather for special events. The feedback will help Staff to formulate and present to City Council the long-term vision for the downtown area, as well as find ways to assist business and property owners with funding through grants and other strategies to achieve the downtown vision.
Downtown Business Meetings
On Thursday, March 24, 2022, the City of Beaumont invited downtown business and property owners to a meeting to discuss the Downtown Vision. The event was well attended and a presentation was provided by Economic Development Director, Kyle Warsinski. The businesses were encouraged to attend the Economic Development Committee meetings on the second Wednesday of the month, to share ideas and give suggestions on the Downtown Area Plan.
The group discussed the formation of a Downtown Business Association. For more information or to join contact (562) 964-7341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, Mayor Lloyd White, invited downtown businesses and property owners to a second meeting, where updates on the redevelopment of the downtown area were presented. As well as gathering input and feedback on Downtown Incentive Programs.
To demonstrate the City Council's commitment to revitalization of the downtown, Council approved $500,000 within the 2022/2033 fiscal year budget. The Council allocated the funding to be spent on business incentive programs in the downtown area. Some of the proposed incentive programs included:
NEXT STEPS: Staff is reviewing feedback from the downtown business and property owners, and the Economic Development Committee. Once complete, a draft program will be prepared for City Council review and approval.