Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

Project Underway

In July 2018, the Community Development Department initiated a Specific Plan for downtown Watsonville. A Specific Plan is a comprehensive planning document and regulatory tool for implementing the City's General Plan and will guide development in downtown through customized land use and design regulations and provide recommendations for improvements to the public realm.


Objectives for the Specific Plan include the development of multi-story mixed use buildings through both new construction and adaptive reuse of historic buildings with market rate residential housing and commercial retail on the first floor. The Plan will encourage compact development near transit to decrease automobile dependency, reduce both local and regional traffic congestion and related greenhouse gas emissions, and provide additional guidance and plans to increasing multimodal access to and from the historic Downtown area.

Documents and Maps

Related Efforts and Documents

The Public Works Department is in the process of preparing a Downtown Complete Streets Plan. The focus of this Plan is on Main Street, and its purpose is to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and motorists, and allow the City to apply for grant funding. For more information, click here.

Important Dates

  • Advisory Committee Meeting #1: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • Advisory Committee Meeting #2: TBD

Interested? Contact Justin Meek, AICP, Principal Planner at (831) 768-3050 or

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan Area