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File #: 2020-8301   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: Planning Board
On agenda: 9/14/2020
Title: General Plan Update - Public Forum #1: Developing a healthy, equitable, and inclusive City
Attachments: 1. Exhibits 1-9: Survey Results Received to date, 2. Public Comments 9-14-20

General Plan Update - Public Forum #1: Developing a healthy, equitable, and inclusive City


To: Honorable President and Members of the Planning Board

From: Andrew Thomas, Planning, Building and Transportation Director


Maintenance of an up-to-date and internally consistent General Plan is a requirement of State Law. The General Plan must be an "integrated, internally consistent and compatible statement of policies for the adopting agency." (Government Code section 65300.5.)

The General Plan establishes the local development and conservation policies necessary to guide physical development and protect the general health, safety and welfare of the community and the environment. The last comprehensive update of the current General Plan occurred almost 30 years ago in 1991. The 1991 Plan was designed to serve the City for 20 years or until 2010.

In August, the staff/consultant General Plan Update team completed a draft General Plan 2040 for public review and comment. The draft General Plan is available on the project website As described on the website and in a postcard delivered to every Alameda household in August, the City of Alameda is encouraging all Alameda residents and businesses to participate in the General Plan update process.

From August through December, the Planning Board and staff will be taking public comment on the first Draft General Plan. The public is invited to review and comment on the General Plan through on-line surveys and by submitting written comments. The four surveys focus on the four main themes or goals that run through the entire draft General Plan. In addition, four public forums hosted by the Planning Board are scheduled through the end of 2020. The subject matter for each forum reflects one of the four major General Plan themes:

1. Developing a healthy, equitable and inclusive city. (September 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM.)

2. Preservation and enh...

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