The study conducted by students in the Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo city planning master’s program on the South El Camino Real neighborhood has been completed and was presented to the San Clemente Planning Commission on June 3.
Vicente del Rio, professor of city regional planning at SLO, guided students through the study throughout the process.
Some of the findings included surveying that wanted healthier options and more public amenities in the area, such as tables and places for relaxation.
The people who were surveyed said they are in the area 90 percent of the time because they live there, and about 90 percent said they like the area, according to the results.
The class was less than 10 weeks and “very intense,” del Rio said.
“We have geographers, architects and historians—a very mixed group—who worked very hard,” he said.
One recognition made by the study was to develop better use of alleyways in SECR. This was a high priority in the study. The study wants to see more visibility to increase safety and utilization of space within the area. The study found it would be possible to develop the alleyways for foot traffic and create esthetically appealing areas.
Implementing a few plazas around the area also was a recommendation from the study.
City officials intended to add this as a supplement to its master plan for future projects, just as it has with other neighborhoods.
The full study timeline can be found at www.secrproject.net. It will be made available within the next few weeks.