QK completed a Precise Plan and Overlay Zoning/Planned Unit Development for a seventeen block area of downtown Hanford. QK completed this project with the collaboration of frequent teaming partner, Zumwalt-Hansen & Associates.


Our plans included policies and strategies for revitalization of the downtown area, urban design, and associated improvements. We also included a chapter specifically devoted to China Alley Design Guidelines.

We committed to an extensive public outreach plan, numerous Steering Committee and community workshops, a one-mile walking tour to solicit community ideas, and development of a new plan submittal and approval policies to attract new development. In addition, QK developed an implementation matrix that identified a list of Downtown East projects, policies, and strategies and included the city’s responsible parties as well as a time frame for completion.


The primary focus of the project was the China Alley Revitalization Plan, which has been identified as one of 2011’s Most Endangered Historic Places in America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Other issues included the need to revitalize and attract new businesses in an area that had remained stagnant for new economic development for years.


The extensive Downtown East Precise Plan document included zoning for mixed use, an economic study, permitted land uses, a form based code for frontage types for multiple building types, development regulations, landscape guidelines, street improvements, traffic calming guidelines, parking policies, a focused EIR, and concept studies that depicted how the area could potentially develop once the form based code, permitted land uses, and development regulations were employed. The plan was given the 2014 Award of Merit – Comprehensive Planning: Small Jurisdiction by the American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter, Central Section. New businesses have sprung up since the completion and adoption of the Downtown East Precise Plan including new multi-cultural restaurants and a new tea house on China Alley.

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