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Planning Department
1800 Francisco Blvd.
Pacifica, CA 94044
Phone: 650-738-7341
Fax: 650-359-5807

Mon/Tue/Thu 8:00am-5:00pm*
Wed 8:00am-7:30pm*
Fri 8:00am-1:30pm

(*) Closed during lunch 12:30pm - 1:30pm

General Plan Update Project


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.

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 gibbst@ci.pacifica.ca.us

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:


Agenda Attachments:

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
3. Zoning
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
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6

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


Management Analyst / Project Manager : 170 Santa Maria Avenue,  Pacifica, CA 94044 

650-738-7341 Department

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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



Click HERE to access more information on the Joint Study Session

General Plan Community Forums- Tasks 1 & 2

Community Forum 1

Community Forum 2

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
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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