|What is a General Plan?|
The General Plan sets forth
the direction the City will take in managing its future based upon a shared
vision for the community. The General Plan contains a set of policies
and programs that form a blueprint for physical development throughout
the community. It defines the pattern of land uses, including residential,
commercial and industrial uses and also establishes the system of streets,
bikeways, and trails. It is a long-term document consisting of written
text and diagrams that expresses how a community should develop, and is
a key tool for influencing the quality of life. The General Plan addresses
a wide variety of subject areas, including housing, traffic, natural resources,
land uses, economic development, noise, and public safety. The General
Plan is also a basis for land use decision making used by policy decision
makers such as the Planning Commission and the City Council.
The La Habra General Plan Update involves preparing revised elements that include updated goals and policies along with strategies and programs to implement these goals to achieve the community’s vision. These will be developed by the City, public agencies, and residents of La Habra. It is important for all of these parties to work together toward a unified vision of the City in order to create a place where people enjoy living, working, playing, and spending time now and in the future. The La Habra General Plan Update will address the following topic areas:
This chapter addresses issues related to the built environment
and presents goals and policies pertaining to how existing development
is to be maintained and enhanced and new development is to occur. Its
Land Use – Designates the location, general intensity, and use of the land for housing, commercial, industrial, public facilities, open space, and other uses.
Economic Development – Identifies the strategy for maintaining a strong economic base and fiscal balance that permits continued and enhanced levels of high-quality public services within the community.
Historic and Cultural Resources – Defines processes for the preservation of the City’s historic and cultural buildings and sites.
Community Identity – Addresses the physical, social and cultural elements that contribute to La Habra’s distinct community identity.
Growth Management –
Ensures that growth and development in La Habra is based upon the City’s
ability to provide an adequate circulation system and infrastructure improvements.
Housing – Identifies
the community’s housing needs and provides strategies for the production
of housing for current and future residents of La Habra. Though the Housing
Element is an integral part of this General Plan Update, it has been completed
earlier due to the separate schedule for its update required by state
law. Issues, goals and policies contained in the Housing Element will
be incorporated into the General Plan Update.
Mobility and Circulation
Provides for the movement of goods and people including autos, trucks, transit, bicyclists, and other modes. It addresses key issues such as trip reduction, parking, traffic safety, and neighborhood traffic calming.
Addresses the provision of public infrastructure, including water, sewer, storm drainage, solid waste source, source reduction and recycling, electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications.
Conservation and Natural Resources
Addresses the conservation and utilization of natural, cultural, and archeological resources within the community, including water, soils, minerals, air quality, as well as plant and animal resources. This chapter also discusses issues related to future air quality and climate change taking into consideration the effects of adopted plans and current legislation.
Plans for the provision of public services including education, recreational programs and parks, libraries, schools, police, fire, and health services, consistent with the City’s growth and development strategy.
Plans for the welfare and safety of the citizens and
their property by identifying and mitigating potential effects of natural
and man-made disasters, including, but not limited to, earthquakes, flooding,
fires, hazardous waste, and other natural or man-made disasters. This
chapter also identifies existing and potential noise sources within the
community and strategies to minimize the exposure of residents to noise.
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