Purpose of the General Plan
Pacifica's General Plan has not been comprehensively updated since its adoption in 1980. The General Plan is the City's most important planning tool, and a comprehensive update would help ensure that information in the Plan is current and that the Plan's goals and action items are consistent with current City policy. In addition, a General Plan update will allow Pacifica to add and strengthen policies related to sustainability and economic development.
The Pacifica General Plan is a policy document mandated by State law to address issues related to physical development and conservation of resources. The Plan embodies the expressed goals of residents, business owners, and elected officials and establishes concrete and achievable actions. Broad objectives such as “create economic development,” “preserve open space,” and “support sustainable practices” are translated into policies, maps, and specific actions that are tangible and can be implemented.
The City of Pacifica General Plan includes six of the seven elements required by State law: Land Use, Circulation, Open Space, Conservation, Safety, and Noise. It also includes two other optional elements that address local concerns: Economic Sustainability and Community Design. Because the Housing Element is required by State law to be updated at specific times—more frequently than the rest of the General Plan—it is published as a separate document.
The City of Pacifica last comprehensively updated its General Plan in 1980. Many issues facing Pacifica are enduring but the legal environment governing land use, environmental preservation, housing, and other planning issues have changed. New priorities have emerged with a new generation of Pacifica residents and stakeholders. The General Plan update has provided for a comprehensive assessment of current conditions; it allows today’s residents to express a vision for the future. This update plan can provide an opportunity to eliminate obsolete text and policies, ensure legal conformity, and address today’s challenges.
Plan Preparation Process
In order for the General Plan update to address accurately community needs and values, a comprehensive public of obtaining the input of residents, business and property owners, City staff, and elected officials was central to the update process. The visioning phase of the General Plan update process was initiated by the City of Pacifica in the spring of 2009. At different stages of the plan-making process, residents, property and business owners, organizations, and public agencies were invited to interviews, workshops and open houses to provide input. The initial stage of community involvement included the following elements:
· General Plan Outreach Committee (GPOC). The City convened a committee with the responsibility of stimulating broader community involvement in the process.
· Community Interviews. Consultants met with 35 members of the community selected to represent a broad range of interests and provide local knowledge. The interviews took place in April 2009.
· Community Forums. Two community forums were held, to help define a common vision and key issues for the General Plan to address. The first workshop took place April 25, 2009. A second community forum was held on May 30, 2009. Community forums were held to get feedback from Pacifica residents about what they valued most, what they wanted to see change, and what their preferences were regarding key policies and alternative land use scenarios.
· Joint City Council/Planning Commission Workshops. The results of the community-building phase, along with the results of the existing conditions analysis were presented at a workshop for City Council and the Planning Commission on September 1, 2010. Council and Commission members and members of the public were given the opportunity to provide feedback.
Analysis of Existing Conditions
The plan-making process involved City staff working closely with land use, traffic, market demand, and other consultants to analyze existing conditions and development opportunities. Interim reports were prepared to document findings of technical analysis. These findings were integrated in the Existing Conditions and Key Issues report, published in July 2010 and presented to a joint City Council/Planning Commission workshop in September 2010. In response to questions from Council and Commission members, the report on traffic conditions and the transportation chapter of the Existing Conditions report were revised and released in May 2011.
The next phase of the update process involved development and discussion of alternative land use plans and key policy issues. The alternative land use concepts illustrate a range of choices—visions of the city in 2035—inspired by the priorities articulated during the community-building phase and informed by the existing conditions analysis. These were presented for discussion at a third community forum, held January 29, 2011. The meeting featured presentations on alternative concepts for future residential and commercial development, and key issues of sustainability and open parks and open space, followed by small-group discussion periods. The ideas and community feedback were published as the Land Use Alternatives and Key Policy Issues report, released in May 2011, and presented at public meetings of the Planning Commission and City Council in August and September of 2011.
Based on projected growth, the consulting team offered recommendations for each land use choice, and for how to proceed with key policy issues. Planning Commission and City Council heard testimony from members of the public, and registered their agreement or disagreement with each choice. This guidance from elected officials resulted in Preferred Plan concept maps, which were completed in January 2012. The Preferred Plan combines the most desirable aspects of the alternatives, with modifications based on community feedback. The adopted Preferred Plan Concept provided the foundation for this General Plan.
Draft and Final Documents
The final phase of the update process includes the preparation of the Draft Pacifica 2035 General Plan, Draft Local Coastal Land Use Plan, and the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), for public review and adoption. The phase began with an opportunity for community members and resource agency representatives to comment on the proposed project at a scoping meeting for the EIR, held on March 7, 2012. Drafting the General Plan involved establishing detailed policies to help the City achieve its goals for development, conservation, public facilities and services, and other issues, over the next 20 years.
After Commission and Council action, the final version of the General Plan will be prepared.
NOTICE OF PREPARATION / DEIR and LCP (current phase)
The City of Pacifica is preparing an update to its General Plan and Local Coastal Plan and has determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be necessary pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The City of Pacifica requests your input on how the General Plan and Local Coastal Plan update may affect the environment. More specifically, input is being solicited relative to the scope and content of environmental analysis that is relevant to your individual or agency’s statutory/regulatory responsibilities in order to ascertain potential impacts of the proposed project.
Specific proposals and revisions for the Pacifica General Plan and Local Coastal Plan update have not yet been determined. However, your input will be taken into consideration during the formulation of the environmental impacts of the General Plan and Local Coastal Plan to be addressed in the EIR. A description of the proposed project, location map, and preliminary identification of the potential environmental effects are contained in the attached materials.
If your agency is a responsible agency as defined by Section 15381 of the State CEQA Guidelines, your agency will need to use the environmental documents prepared by the City of Pacifica when considering your permit or approval for action.
Due to the time limits mandated by State law, you should submit your comments as soon as possible but no later than March 20, 2012, or 30 days after receipt of this notice per CEQA Guidelines Section 15082(b). Please send your written response, along with the name of your agency contact person, to Management Analyst, City of Pacifica Planning Department, 1800 Francisco Boulevard, Pacifica, California 94044. Responses can also be faxed to (650) 359-5807 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scoping Meeting, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 4:00 to 6:00 PM, Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive
Notice of Preparation-DEIR and LCP
Scoping Meeting Materials:
Notice of Preparation Memo with attachments
Key Areas of Environmental Concern
Draft General Plan Land Use Map
Draft Open Space and Trails Map
Presentation Board Maps:
1. Planning Area and Coastal Zone
2. Existing General Plan
4. Slope Failure, Erosion, and Flood Zones
5. Sensitive and Critical Habitat
6. Access to Parks
7. Preferred Plan - Residential
8. Preferred Plan - Commercial
9. Draft General Plan Land Use
10. Open Space and Trails
Previously Completed Phases / Tasks
Land Use Alternatives and Key Policy Issues Report Release
The City of Pacifica is in the process of undertaking a comprehensive update of its General Plan, the guiding document for development and public improvements over a 20 to 30-year period. The General Plan is a plan that will provide guidance as people propose projects, and help the City make informed decisions. The plan will provide a vision and policies for land use, economic development, environmental protection, and infrastructure investment through 2030. The General Plan update process began with two community workshops in the spring of 2009, and extensive research on existing conditions culminating in the Existing Conditions and Key Issues report in July 2010.
Currently, we have just released the Land Use Alternatives and Key Policy Issues Report. This is a stage in the process of updating the General Plan and Local Coastal Plan. It will inform land use designations and policies that will apply citywide.
In this phase, alternative land use scenarios are evaluated and approaches to key policy issues are considered, based on community priorities expressed in the preceding workshops and on findings of the background research. The report presents land use scenarios that highlights issues related to commercial development, future residential development, and land conservation. It presents approaches to sustainable development, adaptation to sea level rise, open space preservation, and development of the parks and trails system.
A successful General Plan reflects the goals and values of the community. Public input is sought at key stages of the update process, ensuring that community members can take an active role in shaping the city’s future. The land use alternatives and policy approaches discussed here were the subject of the third community forum, held at Pacifica’s Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School on January 29, 2011.
On August 15, we will be holding a public hearing of the Planning Commission, during which a presentation on the Land Use Alternatives and Key Policy Issues will be given by the General Plan Consultant team. At this meeting, the public will have an opportunity to comment on this document. A subsequent City Council meeting will be held to further discuss the document some time in the early fall.
Planning Commission Meeting: August 15, 2011:
Land Use Alternatives and Key Policy Issues Report Chapter by Chapter:
Cover, Table of Contents / Chapter 1
Alternatives Analysis and Evaluation
Alternative land use concepts and policy approaches will be presented for community input at the third Community Forum ( details below ). Attendees will be able to discuss these ideas in small groups, and provide feedback to the consultants and City Staff. The community's input is integral to the General Plan Update Process, as Pacifica is your community, and the City strives to provide you with the services, capital improvements, and policies that will guide us into the future.
Community Forum 3:
Where: Ingrid B Lacy Middle School
When: Saturday January 29th, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Sign In, Table Assignments and Refreshments
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Community Forum 3 Presentation, Discussion and Conclusions
Community Forum 3 AGENDA
Community Forum 3 PRESENTATION
Alternatives to be discussed at Community Forum 3
Map 1 Residential Areas
Map 2 Commercial Areas Alternative A
Map 3 Commercial Areas Alternative B
Map 4 Commercial Areas Alternative C
Map 5 Flooding and Erosion Hazards Areas
Map 6 Open Space and Trails Areas
Land Use Alternatives WORKSHEET
Maps and Worksheet REDUCED SIZE (8 1/2 X 11 )
Map 1 Residential Areas REDUCED
Map 2 Commercial Areas Alternative A REDUCED
Map 3 Commercial Areas Alternative B REDUCED
Map 4 Commercial Areas Alternative C REDUCED
Map 5 Flooding and Erosion Hazards Areas REDUCED
Map 6 Open Space and Trails Areas REDUCED
Land Use Alternatives WORKSHEET REDUCED
SUBMIT COMMENTS BY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2011 TO:
Management Analyst / Project Manager : 170 Santa Maria Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044
Existing Conditions and Key Issues- Task 3
Chapter by Chapter:
Cover and Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction and Key Findings
Chapter 2: Land Use and Urban Form
Chapter 3: Population and Economy
Chapter 4: Future Development Potential
Chapter 5: Environment
Chapter 6: Transportation Chapter Six (6) Addendum accepted by City Council on June 13, 2011
Chapter 7: Public Resources and Services
Joint Study Session on the Existing Conditions Report: Public Meeting
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General Plan Community Forums- Tasks 1 & 2
Community Forum 1
Community Forum 2
Click here for a copy of the General Plan Newsletter 1.
General Plan Outreach
General Plan Outreach Committee (GPOC)
Climate Change Planning
Climate Action Plan Task Force
General Plan Consultant
Dyett and Bhatia
Community Interviews Report
The project schedule identifies a two year time frame, although it is probably more realistic to anticipate a three year process prior to adopting the final Plan.
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