Master Site Plan


Q: What is the goal of the Master Site Plan?

A: To provide OC Fair & Event Center with clear direction on how to develop the property and facilities to meet the needs of the association and the community over the next 10 years and beyond.

Q: What is background of the Master Site Plan?

A: A draft Master Site Plan concept was developed in 2018, but temporarily tabled by the Board of Directors pending the completion of an infrastructure audit. Completed in July 2020, the Facility Condition Assessment gave further input regarding the direction for the OCFEC property. As part of the Board’s strategic planning process, the draft Master Site Plan concept and Facilities Condition Assessment were once again reviewed in 2022 and the Board began a process to consider property needs in connection with the programming goals developed as part of a three-year strategic plan.

Q: What is the status of the Master Site Plan?

A: The Board of Directors is considering eight concepts from the original proposal that have been revised and prioritized. They include development of an “agriplex,” expanding the administration building, relocating the property’s main entrance, Centennial Farm upgrades, Pacific Amphitheatre renovations, installation of a perimeter fence, improvements to the Equestrian Center and other projects including building facade improvements. Concepts and recommendations can be viewed here (pdf).

Q: What are the next steps?

A: Staff will develop a plan based on logical priority of projects and reasonable timeline. An internal team will develop concept drawings then a recommended financing plan will be developed. Staff will work with California Construction Authority (CCA) on what is required going forward.

Q: What is the status of the Equestrian Center?

A: OCFEC will take over management of the Equestrian Center from an outside contractor on Jan. 1, 2023. The recommendation from staff is to run the Equestrian Center for one year to assess the facility and its operations and then bring a revised plan to the Board.

Q: Speaking of strategic, isn’t there a strategic plan in the works? How is this different?

A: Yes, work is under way on a three-year Strategic Plan that will help set a path for how the OCFEC business is run. The Master Site Plan focuses on the grounds and buildings. The public is invited to review the Strategic Plan here.

Q: Who is overseeing this process?

A: The Board of Directors, the Board Facilities Committee and OCFEC staff.