Smart Code Consultant Team Rankings

The City would like to thank Opticos Design, Inc. with Sargent Town Planning and PlaceWorks for participating in the Smart Code Specific Plan consultant selection process. Additionally, the City would like to thank those 40+ Riverside community members that participated in the public ”community interview” process on March 13, 2014 to select a consultant for the Smart Code Specific Plan. The unprecedented community interview was an opportunity for Riverside residents to be engaged in the selection of a consultant and evaluate the “community fit” of the respective teams. The evaluations received by the public accounted for 25 percent of the overall evaluation scores. A Selection Committee comprised of multidisciplinary representatives from various City departments also evaluated the teams based on their technical abilities, proposed approach, as well as their experience and availability of staff as presented within their written proposals and an additional interview process. The evaluations by the Selection Committee accounted for 75 percent of the overall evaluation process. Based on the evaluations of the Riverside community and the Selection Committee, the City is pleased to announce the team rankings as follows:

Rank Consultant Team
1 Opticos Design, Inc. with Sargent Town Planning
2 PlaceWorks (formerly the Planning Center | DC&E )

The composite average scores from the community interview evaluations received at the March 13, 2014 interviews resulted in 30.14 points for Opticos Design Inc. and 24.75 points for PlaceWorks (out of 35 possible points). The completed community evaluation forms can be viewed below:

Community Interview Evaluations

The composite average scores by the Selection Committee can be viewed below*:

Proposal and Interview Evaluation Results

*City Staff will coordinate with the consultant teams within the next week to discuss the results of the evaluation process and provide more details.

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Thanks for your interest in the Riverside Smart Code!

You're Invited!

You may have heard about the City of Riverside’s upcoming Smart Code Specific Plan project and the goal to re-envision much of the commercial, office and industrial zoned properties throughout the City. This will be a very important project that encompasses nearly 20% of the City area and the City is seeking your input and participation throughout the process, beginning with the selection of the most appropriate consultant team to assist us with this exciting endeavor.

For those of you that may have missed the public interview process to select a consultant team for the Smart Code Specific Plan on March 13, please view the video below and provide feedback using the evaluation forms.

Evaluation Form

Please send complete evaluation forms to David Murray at or drop off hard copies to the Planning Division on the third floor of City Hall by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 17

Riverside Smart Code Specific Plan Request for Qualifications

Responses to RFP Questions – March 4, 2014

Responses to Second Round of Questions - January 29, 2014

RFQ Pre-Submittal Meeting, January 15, 2014

A Pre-Submittal Meeting was held on January 15 to provide a brief background on the Smart Code Specific Plan and accompanying efforts, describe project expectations, explain the selection process and timeline, and answer any questions. Below you will find links to the meeting video and accompanying presentation as well as the prepared responses to previously submitted questions that were distributed at the meeting and a copy of the sign-in sheets.

Thank you for your interest in the Smart Code Specific Plan.

The City of Riverside Community Development Department is initiating a nationwide search to engage a consultant team with backgrounds in community-based urban design, land use, real-estate economics and economic development, neighborhoods, redevelopment, historic preservation, mobility, and infrastructure to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for the development of a Smart Code Specific Plan and related Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) and concurrently prepare a Northside Neighborhood Vision and provide master planning services for the 124-Acre Former Riverside Golf Club and 55-Acre Ab Brown Sports Complex within the Northside Neighborhood. The approximately 10,404-acre total Study Area encompasses 20% of the Citywide area and includes 89% of the properties currently zoned as commercial, office, manufacturing, and industrial

The Smart Code Specific Plan would replace eight existing specific plans spread across the City and would create one cohesive illustrated vision, present clear and consistent development standards and guidelines, set forth an infrastructure plan to support future investment, establish a built-in mitigation program for historic resources, foster economic development, and streamline the entitlement process for projects that are consistent with the vision and accompanying Program Environmental Impact Report. Community visioning of the Northside Neighborhood and master planning of the Former Riverside Golf Club and Ab Brown Sports Complex, which fall within the proposed boundaries of the Smart Code Specific Plan, will occur concurrently with the development of the Smart Code Specific Plan yet are expected to be completed within a timeframe much shorter than that of the Smart Code Specific Plan.

Download Request For Qualifications

Submit SOQ through the City of Riverside Active Bidder website

For more information regarding the Smart Code Specific Plan RFQ please contact
David Murray, Senior Planner

In order to create a fair, equitable, and transparent process, direct communications regarding this RFQ will not be entertained individually by City staff after January 8, 2014. Please see RFQ for more information.

Resources for consultant teams

Below, you will find links to a number of background resources that may assist teams in preparing Statements of Qualifications for this project:

City of Riverside Seizing Our Destiny
General Plan 2025
City of Riverside Municipal Code
City of Riverside Specific Plans proposed to be replaced (in full or in part ) with the Smart Code Specific Plan:
Green Action Plan
Zoning Map
General Plan 2025 Land Use Map
Historic Preservation Websiet
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