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The East Palo Alto General Plan Update process was officially launched this spring. With its launch, the City of East Palo Alto is now undertaking a multi-year effort to obtain ideas from the city’s residents regarding their vision for the city’s future.
This week a key piece of the process, vista2035epa.org, a new website, went online. This new website gives city residents an opportunity to learn more about the update process and to keep up with important city documents.
The new website was designed specifically to provide information about the city's general plan and it supplements East Palo Alto's official website which can be seen at http://www.ci.east-palo-alto.ca.us/
Vista2035epa.org is the work of Raimi+Associates, the Berkeley consulting firm that the city engaged in March of this year to oversee the development of the new general plan. When it hired the firm, city officials also signed an agreement with the State of California to update the General Plan within 36 months of its signed agreement.
This means that the effort to update the city’s General Plan is expected to take two and a half to three years.
The city’s current General Plan was adopted in 1986 and updated in 1999. Under state law, the city is required to adopt a long-range plan that lays out the city’s policies regarding the use and development of city land, affordable housing, employment and other city issues. The plan is intended to reduce conflict and to ensure proper city growth and development that will accommodate the city’s growing population.
In order to obtain the participation of as many of the city’s residents as possible, Raimi+Associates plans to conduct a “multi-faceted public outreach program” that will involve citizen advisory committees, public town hall meetings, focus groups, and other outreach efforts, including the use of the vista2035epa.org website.
The intended result will be a 2015 General Plan that will address seven defined areas: land use, circulation, housing, noise, safety, open space and conservation.
The 2015 General Plan will also include a chapter on health and a Westside Area Plan that will cover the city’s residents who live in the area west of Highway 101, which encompasses Woodland, Willows and University Circle.
Notice of advisory committee meetings and other public meetings connected to the General Plan will be given soon. To get involved in the East Palo Alto General Plan Update process, go to http://vista2035epa.org/get-involved/.
Henrietta J. Burroughs, the author of this article, can be contacted by email at email@example.com