That vision along with additional details leading to the revitalization of Garey and Holt avenues and the Foothill and Mission boulevard corridors have been spelled out in a draft of the Corridors Specific Plan presented to the Planning Commission and the City Council Monday night for their first look at the document.
Councilwoman Paula Lantz said Tuesday she liked what she saw at the joint meeting.
"I was very excited about the possibilities," Lantz said.
The development of the draft document is part of the work related to the updating of the city's general plan.
The general plan is used to set overall guidelines for the development of the city, and the Corridors Specific Plan gives details on the implementation of guidelines and standards on Garey, Holt, Foothill and Mission for future development.
Erik Calloway, a principal with Freedman, Tung and Sasaki, the firm that has worked with city leaders, city staff and residents on the general plan and the specific plan, explained the specific plan is meant to transform over time the city's long corridors designed with the driving public in mind.
That model worked in the 1950s and 1960s but began to change in the 1980s. Today people want transportation options.
Economics and other data show having a mix of residential, retail and open space in areas that are walkable, friendly to bicyclists and near transportation centers appeal to developers and create successful retail opportunities.
Calloway said Tuesday the corridors can be transformed into neighborhoods that are easy to navigate on foot or on a bike, each with distinctive character.
Neighborhood centers, offering convenience stores or grocery stores, coffee shops and pharmacies, restaurants and other services will be spaced out making them all easily accessible, he said.
Councilman John Nolte said Tuesday he sees the draft specific plan doing a great deal to attract developers and help revitalize corridors running through his district in western Pomona and the rest of the city.
In speaking with residents of his district about corridors such as Holt, they have commented to him how they are "tired of the often rundown way that it feels," Nolte said.
A number of points in the draft caught Nolte's attention including establishing regulations that will attract developers and lead to vibrant neighborhoods offering Pomona residents a better quality of life in addition to being places that are visually pleasing.
Nolte said he was also glad the recommendation the city should support the revitalization of downtown rather the focus effort leading to creation of an outdoor shopping mall, also referred to as lifestyle centers.
The city shouldn't try to compete with shopping centers and should capitalize on downtown and "making Pomona the best Pomona can be," he said.
Lantz said many of the changes called for in the draft plan will come with time as properties change hands and new owners invest in their businesses and buildings.
Those changes will have a significant effect on the look of the corridors and the city.
"I see it as a road map for changing the façade of the major corridors, the landscape of the major corridors," Lantz said.
Planning Commissioners and City Council members will have time to read the draft document and present questions to consultants during a meeting planned for July 29, said Community Development Director Mark Lazzaretto.
Plans call for holding a public hearing leading up to a vote for adopting the document in September, he said.