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News Release

March 22, 2006

CONTACT:John Terell
Planning Official

Planning Commission wraps up discussion of
City General Plan

The Planning Commission is wrapping up its review of the City’s General Plan and is scheduled to make its recommendation at the April 6, 2006 Planning Commission meeting. Between December 2005 and March 2006, the Commission conducted six public hearings on the update to the General Plan. In anticipation of the Planning Commission’s recommendation, a Joint City Council/Planning Commission Study Session meeting is scheduled for April 18, 2006 to allow the Planning Commissioners to share their thoughts and recommendations of the General Plan update with the City Council. The public hearings with Council are anticipated to commence in May 2006.

A General Plan is a document that provides guidance for the physical development of the City and addresses such matters as land use, circulation, parks and public safety.

The primary changes to the document are as follows:

  • Simplification of the document. The General Plan was initially established prior to other City documents, and therefore, the document provided standards and details in addition to providing general guidance. As the City has, over time, adopted a Municipal Code, Public Works Standards, Landscape Guidelines and other implementing documents, the General Plan can be simplified to be only a guidance document as intended by State Law.

  • Changes to land use to provide a more balanced community of housing, employment and economic viability.

  • Changes to circulation reflecting regional, community and future growth needs.

  • Updating the existing setting of the City, recognizing the changes that have occurred over the past 17 years.

The Planning Commission hearing will be held in the City’s Council Chamber at 7:00 p.m. on April 6, 2006.