IT'S TIME FOR OUR GENERAL PLAN UPDATE
The General Plan is a long-range policy document required by State Law, which sets forth the goals, policies, and directions the City will take to achieve the vision of the community over the next 20 years.
Facts regarding the General Plan Update Process are outlined below. You may also want to refer to our General Plan Fact Sheet.
We hope that you will stay engaged with this process. Please stay tuned to our website for up-to-date information. We also welcome you to sign up for our General Plan Update email notifications.
The State of California requires every city in California, including American Canyon to adopt a “General Plan.” The General Plan is American Canyon’s long-term blueprint for development of the City and any land outside its boundaries that bears relation to its planning. The Plan represents our community’s view of its future and expresses the long-term growth and development goals. It addresses issues that impact the entire City, such as how land is used; where buildings are built; the locations of roads, schools, and parks; safety; noise; and much more. The Plan includes the implementation of both one-time projects and on-going programs.
The General Plan contains the goals and policies upon which the City Council and Planning Commission will base their land use decisions. All public and private development must be consistent with the diagrams and policies in the General Plan.
The General Plan will include an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), as required by State law. The EIR ensures that environmental opportunities and constraints are identified and incorporated into the planning process, and identifies policies that can mitigate any adverse environmental effects of other aspects of the Plan.
WHAT IS AN EIR?
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is a comprehensive assessment of environmental effects that could result from implementation of a proposed plan and amendments. It is prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. In addition to addressing potential impacts related to community concerns, such as aesthetics, biological resources, recreation, traffic, and infrastructure, the EIR will also identify mitigation to reduce or avoid significant impacts.
State law allows local governments to organize and format their General Plans however they desire, as long as the required topics or elements are addressed.
General Plans are divided into chapters (elements) based on specific topics. Examples include:
- Land Use
- Open Space
This General Plan update will include a special emphasis on a long-range Park and Recreation needs assessment and implementation. It will also include a focus on life-long educational programs and facilities.
The City’s current General Plan is more than 20-years-old. Since that time, the City’s population has grown from approximately 8,300 to nearly 21,000. In addition, the City has undergone significant changes which include the development of La Vigne, Vintage Ranch, numerous residential neighborhoods on the west side, American Canyon Middle School and High School, hotels, shopping centers on Broadway, and a logistics hub for the wine industry.
The City’s current General Plan has served American Canyon well, but an updated Plan will provide even clearer direction to balance a high quality-of-life with improved economic and fiscal conditions over the next 20 years.
The way we live and work has changed a lot since 1992 when the General Plan was adopted. The new 2040 General Plan focuses on implementing the City’s Strategic Plan and accomplishing topics like these:
- Shared prosperity
- Mobility choices
- Healthy and active community
- Industry and economic growth
- Housing availability and quality
- Recreational facilities and open space
- Environmental health and sustainability
- Safe and secure neighborhoods
- Access to quality goods and services
- Life-long educational opportunities
The City of American Canyon General Plan process will be led by planning and economic development professionals from the City, as well as specialists in city planning, transportation, infrastructure, economic development, education, and architecture.
Participants in the public outreach process will include leadership from the City of American Canyon (such as elected and appointed officials, as well as staff members), regional regulators and public agencies, community leaders, interest groups, and community members.
The City of American Canyon is committed to involving the community in the planning process. The General Plan Update process provides residents, businesses, and interested parties the chance to help guide the future of our community.
We believe that everyone is a stakeholder. A successful General Plan will reflect the community’s vision and priorities. We believe that your voice is vital to producing a plan that will reflect your vision for the City’s future. Community input is needed to establish the long-term vision for American Canyon and to identify key issues and priorities.
Areas of focus will include promoting business development, attracting jobs, preserving natural resources, enhancing community character, and enhancing quality of life.
We encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate. These include:
- Public Workshops
- Circulation Element Advisory Committee
- Education Element Advisory Committee
- Parks & Community Services Commission
- Open Space Advisory Committee
- Public Review
- Draft General Plan
- Planning Commission
- City Council Hearings