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Butte General Plan 2030 - Tasks & Meeting Series

The Butte County General Plan 2030 process requires the completion of 12 major tasks itemized as follows:

  1. Project Initiation
  2. Existing Conditions Analysis
  3. Issue Identification
  4. Butte County and City Cooperation and Outreach
  5. Development of Alternatives
  6. Alternatives Evaluation and Selection
  7. Preliminary Goals and Polices Development
  8. Draft General Plan
  9. Housing Element Update
  10. Development Code and Zoning Ordinance Update
  11. Draft EIR
  12. Final General Plan, Final Zoning Ordinance and Final EIR Review and Adoption

The General Plan 2030 update process will use a “Meeting Series” approach to address the 12 major tasks identified above.  There will be a total of 8 Meeting Series, and each will consist of four meetings: 1) a Public Workshop, 2) a Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting 3) A Planning Commission Study Session, and 4) A Board of Supervisors Study Session.  This process ensures that the public, the Citizens Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission, and ultimately, the Board of Supervisors are integrated into the update process. Information from each meeting will be funneled into the last Study Session for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.  The last Study Session is when the Board can comment and provide feedback regarding each of the 8 Meeting Series tasks identified below. In this way, the Board of Supervisors maintains the ability to make “course corrections” and to provide direction to the Butte County General Plan 2030 process.  The following provides a summary of each of the 8 Meeting Series tasks:

Meeting Series #1 Existing Conditions and Issue Identification (Tasks A, B, C)

The Meeting Series will begin with a public workshop facilitated by David Early of DC&E. This Series will focus on the review of background reports, created by Design, Community & Environment, that details relevant background data about Butte County.  The workshop series will also be focused on identifying issues that need to be addressed as part of the General Plan 2030 process. 

During this task, the County staff and DC&E team will review available background information and conduct existing conditions assessments required to update the General Plan and complete the EIR. The DC&E team will work with County staff to compile information on existing conditions affecting future development in Butte County into an existing conditions “briefing book” to be used by workshop participants, the Citizen Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. The briefing book will present existing conditions information in an accessible, easy-to-read format that can be referenced throughout the General Plan process. Information in the briefing book will be drawn from the background report prepared by DC&E. The briefing book will be illustrated with maps, tables, photographs and other graphics, and will be available to all Citizen Advisory Committee members, Planning Commissioners and Board of Supervisors prior to the Meeting Series.

Once the DC&E team completes the existing conditions analysis, this Meeting Series will begin.  This will provide a forum to identify issues that need to be addressed by the General Plan Update process.

This Meeting Series will also consist of a final review and adoption of the proposed Framework of Guiding Principles for the Butte County General Plan 2030.   At this point the Guiding Principles would have been reviewed and approved by the Citizens Advisory Committee, Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

Meeting Series #2 Development of Alternatives (Tasks D, E) (Meeting Series #2&#3 have been combined...please see Course Correction #1)

This series of meetings will provide guidance to County staff and the DC&E team on the development of three land use alternatives. The series of meetings will begin with a community workshop facilitated by David Early who will lead a mapping exercise to assist participants in deciding where in the Butte County planning area different types of development may be located. The meeting series will end with a Board of Supervisors study session at which staff and the consultant team will receive final direction from the Board prior to development of the alternatives.

The DC&E team will prepare alternatives to address key issues identified by County staff, the Board of Supervisors, the Citizens Advisory Committee and by the public during the community workshops. The alternatives may potentially address approaches to growth management, the land use mix, development options for key sites, approaches to commercial corridors, circulation options, and interactions between land use and transportation systems. They will be formulated and analyzed in a manner that meets CEQA requirements for alternatives analysis and will be readily incorporated into the General Plan EIR. 

As part of this task DC&E will also hold Area Plan Workshops in specific areas of the County, and Geographic Sub-Area Workshops that will focus on issues and communities located within the valley, foothills, and Mountains of Butte County.

This task will also involve a Cities/County Summit Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2007, that will be the first step in engaging the county and cities in a cooperative planning process and to bring all jurisdictions to the table. David Early of DC&E will facilitate the Cities/County Summit Meeting to initiate a discussion of the issues that face the cities, and the County, when planning for growth on the city/county interface.

After the Cities/County Summit meeting “one-on-one” meetings with the County and the City Manager and/or Mayors of the incorporated cities in Butte County will take place. David Early will facilitate a meeting for each city and address the pressing issues facing the County and outline the benefits of working together towards a more sustainable development pattern.

Meeting Series #3 Alternative Finalization (Tasks D and E) (Meeting Series #2&#3 have been combined...please see Course Correction #1)

At this Meeting Series, DC&E will present three draft land use alternatives to the public and Citizens Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission and then the Board of Supervisors. The goal of this meeting series is to finalize the three alternatives and get direction to proceed. Each of the three alternatives will be evaluated for their potential implications to transportation, economics and agriculture/range lands.

Meeting Series #4 Alternatives Evaluation and Selection (Task F)

From this meeting series County staff and the DC&E team will obtain final direction on a preferred land use alternative. At the community workshop, DC&E will present the alternatives evaluation and facilitate small group discussions to gather public input on alternative preference. After hearing public input on the alternatives, the Citizens Advisory Committee will provide County staff and DC&E with their input as to their preferred alternative. While the preferred alternative may be one of those presented, it is more likely that it will comprise a hybrid of components from more than one alternative. County staff and DC&E will then present the Citizens Advisory Committee’s recommendation to the Planning Commission for their review, input and recommendation. The Board of Supervisors will provide final direction regarding the preferred alternative. Based on feedback from the Board of Supervisors, County staff and DC&E will make any needed refinements to create the final preferred alternative.

Meeting Series #5 Goals and Policies Development (Task G)

County staff and the DC&E team will present the preliminary policy issues at a community workshop. At this workshop, DC&E will develop an interactive exercise to refine the policy issues and identify potential trade-offs that may arise because of potentially inconsistent policies. Based on input at the workshop, County staff and DC&E will then develop recommended goals and policies. These preliminary goals and policies will then be presented to the Citizens Advisory Committee for their input and feedback, followed up by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Some policies may be carried over from existing General Plan documents, while others will be new policies drafted by DC&E. All policies will comply with the Guiding Principles and will be intended to implement the selected preferred alternative.

In addition to discussing goals and policies, County staff and DC&E will present the Draft Outline of the General Plan to the Citizens Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors for their input and feedback. Following Meeting Series #5, County staff and DC&E will hold up to two additional meetings each with the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors to review and refine the recommended goals and policies.

Meeting Series #6 Housing Element (Task I) (formerly Meeting Series #7)

DC&E’s subconsultant, Bay Area Economics (BAE) will participate in a second series of Housing Element update meetings facilitated by DC&E. This series of meetings will consist of a Community Workshop, a Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting, a Planning Commission Meeting and a Board of Supervisors Meeting. This meeting series will provide the opportunity for community members, the Citizen Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors to comment on the draft Housing Needs Assessment, to provide their own input on pressing community housing issues and needs, and to provide initial input on priorities for updates to the County’s Housing Element Policy Document.

Meeting Series #7 Draft General Plan (Task H) (formerly Meeting Series #6)

In this task, County staff and DC&E will develop the Draft General Plan based on the results of the background analysis, identification of key issues, the approved Draft Goals and Policies and the preferred alternative. Creating a document that is detailed, clearly written, richly illustrated, easily updated and provides a vision for the future is critical to the success of the entire project. The document will include an overall vision statement, goals, quantifiable objectives, and policies and implementing actions. The document will also include performance measures so the County can set a target and evaluate whether the Plan is moving the County in the right direction. The Plan will also include an Action Plan that presents a detailed short-term plan that will set the course for the first few years after Plan adoption. The General Plan will not include a Housing Element. Instead, the Housing Element will be prepared as a coordinated, stand-alone document during a separate task identified below (Meeting Series #7).

County staff and DC&E will lead a Community Workshop to present and obtain input on the Draft General Plan Elements. DC&E will then lead a Citizen Advisory Committee meeting, followed by a Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors study session, to review feedback provided at the workshop and obtain additional input.

Following Meeting Series #6, DC&E will hold up to two additional meetings each with the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors to further review and refine the draft General Plan Elements.

Meeting Series #8 New Zoning Ordinance (Task J) <updated 2010-03-10>

A series of meetings will be held to identify key issues associated with the new Zoning Ordinance.  The new Zoning Ordinance is being prepared in conjunction with the Butte County General Plan 2030 project. The meeting series will begin with a Citizens Advisory Committee meeting on March 11, 2010.  The CAC will focus on how the new zoning code will implement new Butte County General Plan 2030 policy. A community workshop led by General Plan Consultant DC&E and County staff will take place on June 23, 2010 after publication of the Draft Zoning Ordinance in May, 2010. County staff will identify individuals and groups within the County who will offer key input and feedback regarding how current zoning standards may be refined or revised. These individuals and groups will be encouraged to attend the Community Workshop. County staff will then hold up to 10 individual meetings with the Planning Commission to comprehensively review the Draft Zoning Ordinance and review all public comment. The Board of Supervisors will review and adopt the updated Zoning Ordinance and associated environmental document in early 2011.  All scheduled meetings are open to the public who are encouraged to attend and provide input.  Additional details concerning this process will be posted on www.buttegeneralplan.net including additional resources, draft documents, meeting times, agendas and meeting locations.


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