After more than two years of work, a draft of the city’s General Plan is now available for public comment and review.
Considered the city’s most important document, the General Plan provides a blueprint for the city’s growth and development. It addresses such issues as land use, housing, public safety, and preservation of natural resources and open space.
A consultant, Cotton, Beland & Associates, started work on the document in 1991, which included the preparation of an environmental impact report, according to Community Development Director Christine Shingleton.
Shingleton said copies of the General Plan draft and a companion environmental impact report are available at the Community Development Department for the public to examine during a 45-day review and comment period.
The deadline for submitting written comments is 5 p.m. on Nov. 4. Written comments must be directed to Rita Westfield, assistant director of community development.
A public workshop on the General Plan will be held Oct. 12.
On Oct. 25, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the plan and the environmental impact report. The City Council will hold another public hearing in December.
Although the General Plan is a long-term planning document, Shingleton said, it must be updated every five years to reflect changing city policies and state law.