|General Plan Update Process|
The first step in updating a General Plan is to understand
existing conditions and the current issues relative to the community’s
growth and development. This involves an analysis of the current conditions,
including the City’s land use, economy, housing, circulation, etc.
This information is compiled into a Technical Background Report that will
be used as the basis for the formulation of the updated General Plan as
well as preparation of the Environmental Impact Report.
During this task, the consultants and City staff will
meet with community stakeholders and the general public in a Community
Visioning Workshop to establish a Vision Statement that will be used to
guide preparation of the updated General Plan. The Vision Statement will
be confirmed by the General Plan Advisory Committee (established by the
City to provide guidance for the General Plan Update process), Planning
Commission, and City Council.
Based on the information from the Technical Background
Report, Community Survey, and the Community Visioning Process, an updated
Land Use Plan will be prepared. Developing a Land Use Plan includes four
key steps: (a) identifying growth and land use development options; (b)
testing of these according to their impacts and acceptability; (c) selection
of a preferred growth and development scenario; and (d) formulation of
policies and programs that comprehensively address community development,
infrastructure, services, social, environmental, and public health, and
community safety issues and values.
Once a preferred Land Use Plan is selected, goals, objectives, policies, and programs will be formulated for each chapter of the General Plan to reflect the issues, vision, and planning principles agreed upon by the community. They will also reflect public input provided in a third Community Workshop and the General Plan Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission and City Council will also be asked to review and confirm these preliminary policies. These General Plan events will be posted in the Upcoming Events section when dates for these activities are determined.
Based on the input received from the previous task, a draft updated General Plan and Climate Action Plan will be prepared. A third community workshop will be held to provide an opportunity for the community to review and comment on policy directions for all elements of the General Plan.
Based on input received, appropriate policy revisions will be prepared and consolidated into the Draft General Plan and Climate Action Plan will be posted on this website along with all other General Plan Reports and Documents prepared throughout this process.
Before considering the updated General Plan, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared to evaluate the potential impacts of growth allowed under the updated General Plan on all affected resources. These resources include, but are not limited to, air, water quality, parks, and open space. For those resources that will be negatively impacted, the EIR will recommend ways to reduce or eliminate the impacts. Once the EIR is completed, the updated General Plan will be presented to City Council for adoption.
Upon completion of the draft General Plan and EIR, the Planning Commission and City Council will conduct public hearings during which the updated Draft General Plan and Climate Action Plan will be presented for adoption and the Draft EIR will be considered for certification.
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