This page will serve as your one-stop shop for information about the City of Woodland's General Plan update project. The site provides up-to-date information, including a description of the project, schedule, studies and presentations completed so far, ways to participate, and contact information. You are invited to take a look around and share your vision for the future of the City. Please check back often for updates on the planning process and to review draft documents.
General Plan Steering Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 12
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
City Hall Council Chambers
300 First Street, Woodland 95695
Community Workshop, April 27, 2015
Release of the:
Development Scenarios Analysis Report,10 April 2015.
Scenarios Workshop Presentation
ACTIVITY 1 - Prioritizing the Guiding Principles
Final Visioning Statement and Guiding Principals.
The Development Scenarios Report introduces the second major phase of the Woodland General Plan Update process, in which options for the city’s physical growth and development through the year 2035 are explored. The Report presents a Draft Preferred Land Use Map, proposed General Plan Land Use Designations, and a draft policy framework, as well as four potential development “Scenarios” that illustrate different ways in which Woodland could grow and develop over the planning period. The four scenarios show different ways in which new housing, shopping, employment centers, and public facilities could be distributed throughout the city and the rest of the planning area to accommodate a range of possible population and job growth.
The selected scenarios, and the amounts and locations of growth that they represent, were chosen in response to direction from the Woodland City Council on November 19, 2013. The council requested evaluation of a draft Preliminary Composite Land Use Map that would develop in response to a “draft” set of triggers governing phasing, (location and timing), of new growth. In addition, Council requested that the scenarios test a range of growth projections, ranging from the low end of 0.8 percent annual growth in housing units to a high end of 1.7 percent annual growth.
It is important to recognize that by varying both amount and location of growth that many more development scenarios are possible beyond the four that are examined in this exercise. Based on Council direction, choices were made to identify a reasonable range of development options that combine development variables. The analysis did not exhaust every possible permutation. Rather, the Scenarios were designed to provide information regarding some key implications and to allow a better understanding how each variable impacts the outcome. By testing the four “Scenarios”, we are able to gain a better understanding of how we might “mix and match” aspects of the scenarios to arrive at a desired Preferred Plan for growth through 2035.
Because the four scenarios are all based on development of the same land use plan, they all share some important similarities. At the same time, they illustrate important differences, informing implications for land use and direction of growth. Each scenario has been evaluated for its impacts on traffic, infrastructure, public services, and the City’s fiscal circumstances, (or “balance sheet”).
The Development Scenario Report, provides an in depth discussion concerning the analysis of each development scenario and a comparative evaluation and summary. The Report includes the following: an Executive Summary; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Growth Opportunities and Constraints; Chapter 3: Draft Preferred Plan and Development Scenarios; Chapter 4: Comparison of Scenarios’ Yield; Chapter 5: Comparison of Impacts by Scenario; Chapter 6: Achievement of Vision and Guiding Principles; Chapter 7: Summary of Impacts; Chapter 8: Next Steps; and Appendices. The report will be available for view on the General Plan page of City’s Web site, under Community Development at the following link:General Plan Update 2035.
Members of the Woodland Community will have ample opportunity, through a variety of media and venues, to weigh in on what aspects of the four scenarios they like, what impacts concern them, and how they might balance and prioritize different impacts, including phasing and sequencing of growth.
Identification of a Preferred Land Use Plan and development strategy are essential for the process to move to the next stage, the actual drafting of the General Plan document. The following is a summary of the next steps in the General Plan Update process leading up to the City Council’s direction on a preferred Land Use Map and key policies:
Presentation of the Scenarios and results of the testing in a series of meetings and workshops for review and discussion as follows: