Envisioning Our Future 2030
The City of San Pablo recently updated its General Plan
, an important document to help guide long-range physical development in the City. The San Pablo General Plan 2030
was unanimously adopted by City Council on April 18, 2011. It provides a vision of how San Pablo should be in the future by establishing guidelines that reflect City policies, goals, and efforts while enhancing quality of life.
The General Plan is a document required under State law intended to guide physical development in the City of San Pablo. It serves as a ‘blueprint’ for the future, outlines policies that guide development and conservation, and provides the basis for establishing detailed plans and implementing programs, such as development standards and specific plans.
The previous General Plan was adopted more than 12 years ago in 1996. That Plan helped shaped the City to what it is today. Many of the objectives of the previous General Plan have been met but many new opportunities and challenges have emerged. The City decided it was time to build on our past achievements and create a new plan to set the course for the future.
The General Plan Update offered a unique opportunity for elected officials, city staff, and residents to come together to create a shared vision of the future. The development of the General Plan is a multistage process and a collaborative effort. Residents were able to be involved in all stages: from initial visioning and exploration of plan alternatives, to the selection of a preferred plan and a review of the accompanying Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
The General Plan Update Process
During the May 19, 2008 City Council meeting, the Council authorized the City Manager to execute a professional services agreement with Dyett and Bhatia for the City of San Pablo General Plan update services. The agreement was signed on June 2, 2008 between the City of San Pablo and Dyett and Bhatia.
On January 12, 2009 the City Council reviewed a list of residents and commercial business owners that were interested in serving on the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC). The Council concurred with staff’s recommendation to appoint all 23 interested members to serve on the Committee. The first GPAC meeting was held on February 26, 2009 and continued to regularly meet once a month for the next 18 months. During the course of the scheduled meetings, the GPAC was instrumental in drafting General Plan policies and providing valuable input and insight on other relevant topics of the General Plan to City staff and the consultant.
The Planning Division coordinated several community workshops and conducted surveys to facilitate community input and recommendations. This information was critical in the General Plan update process and vital to the formation of the final General Plan.
On December 6, 2010, a joint City Council and Planning Commission study session was held on the draft General Plan Policies, Environmental Impact Report and Housing Element and to receive comments from the Council, Commission and the general public. The draft General Plan Policies, Environmental Impact Report and Housing Element were available for public comment until January 2, 2011.
On April 18, 2011, the San Pablo General Plan 2030
was adopted with a unanimous vote by City Council. View the final plan below.
General Plan 2030
(10.3MB), Adopted April 2011
(21.1MB), Adopted April 2011
Draft EIR Notice of Availability
City Council Report for Adoption
, May 18, 2011
Attachment A: GP 2030 Draft EIR
(11.5MB), Novemeber 2010
Attachment B: GP 2030 Final EIR
(7.3MB), February 2011
Attachment A: Draft General Plan 2030
(9.3MB), November 2010
Attachment B: Draft Housing Element
(8.2MB), November 2010
Attachment C: Summary
of Proposed Revisions to the San Pablo General
Plan and Housing Element.
Planning Commission Minutes
, April 5, 2011
Planning Commission Report for Adoption
, April 5, 2011