Project: Tehachapi Area Plan



Tehachapi Area Plan

Location: Sierra Nevada Mountains, California

When the City of Tehachapi wanted to revise its General Plan, they chose a consultant team including Sherwood Design Engineers to help them develop a sustainable growth strategy that would conserve water and improve utility and transportation efficiencies. By using GIS technology to map growth scenarios against resource constraints, we were able to help planners determine where and how to build responsibly. After dividing the city into different density transects, our team developed an appropriate plan for each one, and used “form-based code” to translate the policy into drawings that architects, planners and developers could use to determine various aspects of the neighborhood in each transect. This innovative, holistic approach to planning allows cities to develop responsibly, while achieving cost savings and community improvements.