Council to hear reports on General Plan Update

ENCINITAS — Four reports will be given to City Council during the next few months by various groups that are reviewing the General Plan Update, a blueprint that will guide development and land use over the next several decades. 

The first report, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 19, is a refresher on the history and status of the General Plan Update for the public and newly sworn-in Council members, according to Diane Langager, principal planner with the city.

In February, three groups will present their findings and recommendations regarding the General Plan Update to Council at different meetings.

First up, the planning commission Feb. 13, then the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) Feb. 20, followed by the Elemental Review Advisory Committee (ERAC) Feb. 27.

Council will not be voting on the reports or aspects found within them at those meetings; however, Council members could potentially place key points of the reports on future agendas or request staff direction, Langager said.

With representatives from across the city, GPAC has been meeting for more than two years. The group provides input and assistance to city staff on the General Plan Update. Another citizen group, ERAC has been tasked with analyzing the housing and land use portions as well as other parts of the General Plan Update. The planning commission is a five-member board that makes recommendations to Council on a variety of issues.

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