Rural Main Streets Technical Assistance Program – Meadow Vista

About the project

The Rural Main Street Technical Assistance Program provides technical support to help communities advance main commercial corridors for more livable, walkable, safe, and economically viable spaces. The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is providing $20,000 in professional services to Meadow Vista and several other rural communities in the region to establish strategies prioritizing safety, beautification, community space, and local businesses. As a result of the technical assistance, community members and stakeholders in Meadow Vista will identify specific actions to promote a vibrant rural town center and implement a community-led installation project in 2020-2021.

Focus area

Meadow Vista is a unique part of Placer County history and Placer Hills Road serves as the main thoroughfare for the community. Placer Hills Road represents the heart of the community and balances both the public and private realm while maintaining Meadow Vista’s small-town character. In initial discussions, Meadow Vista residents identified traffic calming measures and initiatives supporting local businesses as desired areas of focus for Placer Hills Road. While speed reduction measures enhance local safety, they can also incorporate aesthetic measures to attract customers to local businesses and present a welcoming space for community members to gather. Ultimately, the Rural Main Street Technical Assistance Program seeks to enhance what Meadow Vista residents love about their community while providing additional approaches to strengthen their town center.

Workshops and presentations

To develop specific strategies promoting a vibrant and economically sustainable commercial corridor, a public workshop was held on August 26, 2020. The workshop aimed to encourage community members and stakeholders to discuss their favorite parts of Placer Hills Road and future hopes for the town center in their own words. You can view a recording of the workshop here.

Community discussion was paired with presentations from Michele Reeves of Civilis Consultants and Paul Zykofsky of the Local Government Commission. Collectively, the presentations offered examples of main street projects and a forum for community members to begin strategizing for the future of Placer Hills Road. Michele Reeves highlighted the importance of commercial corridors and provided concrete recommendations to improve sales per foot.

Civilis Consulting Presentation

Local Government Commission Presentation

Community feedback

As part of the Rural Main Street Technical Assistance Program, community input is essential to creating a collective town center strategy. In addition to the project advisory group composed of County staff and local community stakeholders, a public survey was also distributed to ensure local voices were heard in setting a vision for Placer Hills Road and the center of Meadow Vista. The survey gathered feedback on the ultimate corridor vision by asking three open-ended questions pertaining to the current conditions of Placer Hills Road and future hopes for the town center. In total, over 300 respondents participated in the survey. View the survey results here

Next steps

Utilizing feedback from the survey results and workshop, the project advisory group will begin to develop a temporary installation project for Placer Hills Road with continued technical support from the Local Government Commission. The installation will support safety, beautification, community space, and/or local businesses. It will also underscore the community vision and design criteria required under the Meadow Vista Community PlanThe installation will be on display for at least one day during which community feedback on the project will be encouraged. To start generating ideas, you can view a list of example installation projects here.

Some examples of installation projects include:

Temporary sidewalksTemporary refuge islandTemporary landscaping
Temporary SidewalkPed RefugeLandscaping Example
(Sargent Town Planning)(Michigan Complete Streets)(Urban Advantage)

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, installation activities and timelines may need to be adjusted.

Be involved!

As we move towards the final installation, we welcome your feedback and ideas. If you wish to be involved in future planning or installation, please reach out to Rebecca Leys at [email protected]