IT'S TIME FOR OUR GENERAL PLAN UPDATE
We are excited to announce that the City has begun a two-year process to update the General Plan! The General Plan establishes the goals, policies, and direction 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.
Every city and county in California must have a general plan, which is the local government’s long-term blueprint for the future. A general plan has three defining features:
- General. A general plan provides general guidance that will be used to direct future land use and resource decisions.
- Comprehensive. A general plan covers a wide range of social, economic, infrastructure, and natural resource topics.
- Long-Range. A general plan provides guidance on reaching a vision 20 or more years in the future. To achieve the community’s vision, general plans address both immediate and long-term needs.
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.
American Canyon has changed significantly since adoption of its current General Plan in 1992. The Update will ensure that the City’s General Plan reflects current community needs and priorities. The Plan will also address new issues (e.g., community health and climate change), changes in State law (e.g., greenhouse gas emission reductions), and new trends (e.g., shared mobility and online shopping).
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