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File #: 2020-8463   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: Planning Board
On agenda: 11/9/2020
Title: General Plan Update - Public Forum #3: Protecting the environment, responding to the climate crisis and meeting regional responsibilities
Attachments: 1. Exhibits 1-8: Survey Results Received to date., 2. Item 7-A Public Comment
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General Plan Update - Public Forum #3: Protecting the environment, responding to the climate crisis and meeting regional responsibilities

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To: Honorable President and Members of the Planning Board

From: Andrew Thomas, Planning, Building and Transportation Director

BACKGROUND

Maintenance of an 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, staff completed a draft General Plan 2040 for public review and comment. The draft General Plan is available on the project website https://www.alameda2040.org/. On the General Plan website, the public may:

* Review the Draft General Plan as a single PDF or as individual chapters.
* Review the current General Plan for comparative purposes.
* Complete one or more of four surveys about key General Plan policies related to the four main themes that run through the General Plan.
* Participate in four scheduled virtual public forums on each of the four main themes.
* Submit comments and suggested revisions to the General Plan.
* Join the General Plan update email list for notifications on the process and updates.

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 inviting public comment on the first Draft ...

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