The Pleasanton Planning Commission will hold a public hearing tonight on the city's new General Plan, a document still in draft stage that covers the years 2005-2025.
The General Plan, required by the state which also recommends that it be updated every six years, serves as the land use and policy blueprint for municipalities. Pleasanton's last General Plan was updated in 1996, a plan that remains in effect until and unless the new document is approved, which is scheduled to happen in early 2009.
After five years of public meetings, this new draft document represents years of research, analysis and revisions. Most of the city staff that started the process in 2003 is now gone, and and two City Council and mayoral elections have been held since then, with another one on Nov. 4 before the new General Plan will go to the council for approval.
Along with consideration of the draft General Plan, the Planning Commission will also review its supporting Environmental Impact Report.
Janice Stern, the city's principal planner, called the new plan "a vision of Pleasanton as a great place to live, raise a family, work and do business."
Once adopted, the new plan, which is mainly an update of the 1996 General Plan, will include policies and maps and will serve as a blueprint for future physical, social, economic, cultural and environmental characteristics of the city.
Stern said all Pleasanton residents are invited to review a copy of the draft plan, which can be read online at www.pleasantongeneralplan.org. Residents can also request a disk or hard copy at the Planning Department counter at 200 Old Bernal Avenue between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, or by phone at 931-5600.
"Public input continues to be a critical component of the plan and the public's comments can be submitted either at the upcoming Planning Commission meeting or by contacting me at 931-5606 or by email at email@example.com," she said.
Also available online and at the Planning counter is the Draft Environmental Impact Report. The DEIR contains information regarding the environmental setting of the Pleasanton area and describes the potential environmental impacts of implementing the draft plan. Public comment on the DEIR will be taken through Nov. 6, with the opportunity to also speak on the EIR at tonight's Planning Commission meeting.
Stern said that following tonight's meeting there will be additional opportunities for public input before both the Planning Commission and City Council. City staff and consultants will then prepare responses to these comments in a final EIR. After that, the Planning Commission will hold at least one public hearing and then will likely ask the council to adopt it.
The council will hold at least one public hearing prior to considering adoption, and then will meet again to vote on adopting the plan and certifying the final Environmental Impact Report.
Tonight's meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. in the City Council chamber at 200 Old Bernal Ave.