The first step in the process is to develop a set of Guiding Principles that describe our vision and values as a community. This short list of principles will be created with the active involvement of the whole community between February and May 2014. Once adopted by City Council, the Guiding Principles will serve as the compass for the Program over the next three years.
Sonoma Boulevard Specific Plan
Building on the 2013 Sonoma Boulevard Corridor Design Plan, the Specific Plan will establish a framework of public and private improvements to guide reinvestment in the corridor between Curtola Parkway and Redwood Street. This component will be completed between April 2014 and December 2016, with adoption by City Council scheduled for December 2016.
General Plan Update
The next step will be to update our General Plan to guide future decisions about development and conservation throughout the city, tie together existing specific plans, and promote economic vitality and public health and safety. On a daily basis, the City is faced with tough choices about growth, housing, transportation, neighborhood improvement, and service delivery. An updated General Plan will provide a guide for making these choices by describing long-term goals for the City’s future as well as policies to guide day-to-day decisions. The end product will be a road map to guide us toward the Vallejo we want now and in the future. This component will be completed between November 2014 and December 2016, with adoption by City Council scheduled for December 2016.
Citywide Zoning Code Update
Once the framework of the General Plan Update is defined, the next step is to update the Zoning Code. The key objectives of this process are to make it more user-friendly, to incorporate regulations in existing specific plans, to ensure it is consistent with the General Plan, and to incorporate innovative ways to ensure that physical changes fit and enhance our city’s character. This component will be completed between January 2015 and March 2017, with adoption by City Council scheduled for March 2017.
In addition, environmental review will be conducted for all of these components to ensure that land use activities do not negatively affect our community. This component involves the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to identify potential environmental impacts and measures we can take to reduce or avoid them. This component will be completed between October 2015 and December 2016, with certification by City Council scheduled in December 2016.
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