Politics Clouds Good Civic Planning
PROPOSED CHANGES TO KEY GENERAL PLAN POLICIES
Political hype pushing several land-use voter initiatives, now in the signature-gathering stage, has begun.
As is common in elections:
- Facts are secondary to claims that might frighten the public into signing the initiatives (step 1);
- The hype will continue/grow if the initiatives qualify for public vote (step 2).
Currently signature gatherers (some paid — some anti-growth activists) are making statements taken out of context or factually incorrect, about the existing General Plan and/or the LUPPU process. Below is the list compiled in early 2012 that the BOS voted to be included in the review process. This list indicates exactly what changes are being analyzed, as part of the LUPPU process, specific to the existing General Plan. These changes are being analyzed now, with the results due soon upon release of the EIR. After the BOS reviews the EIR analysis, and keeping in mind the above objectives, they will vote on exactly what changes, if any, will be made.
Related Story: Background on Land Use Updates in EDC General Plan http://inedc.com/1-8264