Opening Doors to New, Context-Sensitive Development

Recent California state legislation (eg., SB 35, SB 330 and the Housing Accountability Act) stipulates that in certain situations, projects that qualify for streamlined review and processing must be designed and reviewed only through objective design standards. Marin County retained Opticos Design in 2019 to develop Objective Design and Development Standards (ODDS) for multifamily and mixed-use residential development in coordination with 11 separate jurisdictions within the County, the largest objective design standards application to date.

Designing Neighborhoods for Safer Destinational Walking

We recently wrote on the merits of destinational walking and the ways in which communities can be supportive of it. When we put pen to paper to design walkable neighborhoods, we strive to make walking a safe, useful, and enjoyable activity for all residents, regardless of age or ability.

Progressive Planning & Revitalization Strategies in Rural California

In July 2013, Opticos completed a Design Idea Book for the community of Bridgeport to help revitalize its Main Street business district. The town thrives off of through-traffic traveling between the Eastern Sierra destinations of Yosemite National Park, Ansel Adams Wilderness, and others, and wanted to preserve and capitalize upon its image as a rustic western town.