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Published on: 5/6/2016 10:09 AM
California Exposition and State Fair (Cal Expo), Sacramento, CA
In 2004, the California Exposition and State Fair Board of Directors approved a strategic development plan to utilize the space within the Fairgrounds to create a livable area complete with commercial and residential spaces. This plan will utilize 350 acres of land on the Cal Expo Fairgrounds by creating 340,000 square feet of retail space, more than one million square feet of office space, and 4,890 housing units. This large undertaking is meant to create a friendlier community with permanent residents and businesses to help the local communities flourish. The goal is to produce a vibrant mixed-use area that is compact, pedestrian-friendly, transit oriented, environmentally passive, and includes storm water mitigation, shared parking and other sustainable strategies.
This effort will be carried out in 3 phases. The first phase consists of the initial examination of the fairgrounds property and elements that should be considered in the conceptual planning. The second part is to create a draft proposal, develop feasibility studies, and establish a public evaluation team. The third and final phase will be to draft and submit to the legislature a tentative scheduling and review for the next hosted State Fair.

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Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo, CA
The County of Solano and the City of Vallejo jointly adopted the Solano360 program to develop the local Fairgrounds in a way that is both environmentally and economically beneficial. In doing so, the County will make it a priority to generate revenue by creating jobs that are economically stable in the long run, create a fairground that is unique, and establishes a community identity. Like other development projects, the County of Vallejo plans to include a mix of retail and commercial spaces, as well as pedestrian and vehicular transportation space that allows for smooth traffic flow throughout the Fairgrounds. In all, a total of 149 acres of land will be redeveloped with the eventual goal of a large, flexible exposition hall that will be visible from the highway and allow for easy pedestrian flow. The end result of this project will be an updated fairgrounds location that does not have significant effect on biological resources, does not expose individuals to unhealthy air pollution, and does not degrade water quality nearby. Equally important is the County’s public outreach process, including a combination of newsletters, public meetings, and presentations to inform the public and to allow the local community to voice its concerns about the Fairgrounds Master Plan.

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Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA
The County of Alameda recognizes the necessity of maintaining an economically modern fairground property while also staying true to the traditions and founding principles of the Fairgrounds. The Alameda County Fair Board plans to redevelop the 265 acres of fairgrounds through a visioning process that involves three steps. The first step is the general visioning process regarding the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities that currently exist and can be utilized. The second step includes feedback from the local community to understand its needs and concerns, to better plan for a redevelopment that suits the entire community. The last step of the visioning process is to assess the underdeveloped portions of the Fairgrounds and determine if these lands can be improved for the sole purpose of generating revenue.
After these steps are taken, the next phase of the development plan will continue with the process of creating the master plan. This will require a layout of the site to achieve highest potential revenue generation and to estimate related development costs with other potential financing options. This will all be combined to create a plan for building improvements that increase revenue for the Fair organization.
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