August 17, 2016
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY of the DRAFT WOODLAND GENERAL PLAN UPDATE
Copies of the Draft Woodland General Plan Update are now available for review. Public comment on these documents is invited for a two month period extending from July 11, 2016 through September 13, 2016. More information is provided below.
Every city in California is required to have a general plan to guide land use decisions. The general plan establishes City policy and identifies planned land uses and infrastructure. The City last updated its General Plan in 2002. Work on the current update began in 2012. Since that time, the City has undertaken considerable technical analysis and public discussion, and the City Council has provided important direction.
The General Plan applies to the entire incorporated City (totaling 9,624 acres) plus a 3,148 acre area outside the City, within the unincorporated area of Yolo County. This 12,772 acre “planning area” is identical to the Urban Limit line (ULL) established by City of Woodland voters in 2006.
The Draft General Plan Update contemplates two alternative ways in which growth and development through 2035 could occur within the planning area. These two areas are identified as the South Alternative and East Alternative. Each of these alternatives relies upon the same Land Use Diagram (Figure 2-5). The South Alternative, as shown in the Land Use Diagram, envisions growth occurring in the areas labeled Specific Plan (SP)-1A, SP-1B, SP-1C, and SP-3 by 2035. The East Alternative envisions growth occurring in the areas labeled SP-1A, SP-2, and SP-3 by 2035. The Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) for the Draft General Plan Update will analyze both of these alternatives at an equal level of detail or “equal weight.” The impacts of each alternative will be fully evaluated relative to baseline conditions and established significance criteria. The analysis in the EIR will provide information for development of the final General Plan that will be adopted by City Council. The final General Plan will include only one growth scenario, and references to the other scenario will be removed from the document after adoption.
The Draft General Plan Update has a planning horizon of 2035. Anticipated growth by 2035 for the two alternatives as compared to existing conditions is as follows:
Anticipated Growth through General Plan Horizon (2035)
Existing Conditions (2013)
New Housing Units
New Non-Residential SqFt
New Jobs/Housing Ratio
The Draft General Plan Update (both alternatives) is organized into an Introduction and Administration Chapter and a number of “elements”. Each element includes an introduction, background information, and a list of goals and policies. The Draft General Plan Update contains the following Elements:
Land Use, Community Design, and Historic Preservation Element
Economic Development Element
Public Facilities and Services Element
Healthy Community Element
Conservation and Open Space Element
The City will also soon release a Draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) Update. This document will extend the timeframe of the current preliminary CAP from 2020 to 2035 and include other updates required by State law. The comment period and procedures for the Draft CAP Update will be described upon its release.
The City and its consultants (Dyett & Bhatia and AECOM) are preparing a Program-level Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to analyze and disclose the potential adverse significant impacts associated with implementation of the Draft General Plan Update and Draft CAP Update. A Final EIR will be prepared following public review and comment on the DEIR. The City Planning Commission and City Council will consider this information during their consideration of the Draft General Plan Update and Draft CAP Update. Following certification of the Final EIR, the City Council will adopt a final General Plan and CAP.
Copies of the Draft General Plan Update are now available for public review online at the following web link listed below or in printed form via “loaner” copies at the public counter of the City Community Development Department at 300 First Street, Woodland, CA 95695:
Printed copies and electronic copies (USB flash drive) are available for purchase. Please contact the Community Development Department at (530) 661-5820 for a schedule of costs. The document is also available for public review at the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St, Woodland.
Comments on the Draft General Plan Update may be submitted at any time during the two month public review period, which begins Monday, July 11, 2016 and ends Tuesday, September 13, 2016. All comments received or postmarked by September 13, 2016 will be accepted.
Please direct your comments to:
Cindy Norris, Principal Planner
Woodland City Community Development Department
300 First Street
Woodland, CA 95695
The following meetings and workshops on the Draft General Plan Update have been scheduled:
July 19, 2016 City Council, receive Draft General Plan Update, 6:30 pm, Council Chambers, City Hall, 300 First St, Woodland
July 25 Steering Committee, study session, 6:00 pm, Council Chambers, City Hall, 300 First St, Woodland
August 8 Community Open House, 6:30 pm, Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St, Woodland
Week of Aug 22 Joint Planning Commission/City Council Workshop, date and time to be announced
Additional public meetings and hearings on the Draft General Plan Update, Draft CAP Update, and Draft EIR will be announced as they are scheduled. Public hearings on the Draft General Plan Update, Draft CAP Update, and Draft EIR are anticipated to be held before the Planning Commission and City Council in September and again in November, with adoption anticipated in December 2016. Separate public notice for these meetings and hearings will be distributed with release of the DEIR. For more specific questions about the General Plan or EIR, please contact Cindy Norris at the number or email given above. Thank you.