Initial General Plan Update
Initial General Plan Update
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<br /> <br />Town Council Staff Report <br />Page 2 of 8 <br />circulation; housing; conservation; open space; noise; and safety. For cities and counties that <br />have identified disadvantaged communities, environmental justice, including air quality must also be <br />addressed. Consideration of environmental justice is intended to address risks and challenges in <br />disadvantaged communities by creating policies to reduce pollution exposure, improve air quality <br />and promotion of public facilities, food access, safe and sanitary homes and physical activity. <br />Typically, General Plans cover a timeframe or forecast of 15-20 years. For this General Plan <br />Update, staff recommends a 2040 planning horizon (i.e.-2040 General Plan). The one exception is <br />the Housing Element, which is required to be updated every four to eight years (every five <br />years for Truckee) to comply with the "Regional Housing Need Allocation" (RHNA). <br /> <br />The current Truckee 2025 General Plan was adopted in 2006. The preparation of the 2025 General <br />Plan was a community-based update involving stakeholder interviews, community survey, existing <br />conditions “briefing book,” series of topic-based workshops and other focused outreach, including <br />Planning Commission and Council involvement. The process for plan preparation and adoption <br />spanned four years. <br /> <br />Why Update the General Plan? <br />Truckee adopted its current General Plan in 2006 with a twenty year horizon. Since that time, the <br />town has grown and changed. New laws have passed that affect general plans and new land use <br />planning strategies have emerged. These changes among others require a reevaluation of the <br />existing General Plan and conformation of the vision for Truckee. The Council committed to a <br />General Plan update as part of the Town’s 5-Year Capital Improvement Project (CIP), setting aside <br />$1,000,000 to complete the update within three years. <br /> <br />It is not expected that the 2040 General Plan will be a “start-from-scratch” effort. The current 2025 <br />General Plan involved a comprehensive review process resulting in a well-organized document <br />covering a broad range of community goals and policies. Many of the community issues that were <br />vetted through the 2025 General Plan and the earlier 1996 General Plan are still relevant, are well <br />addressed and do not require major change. Staff believes that the best approach is to work from <br />and build-off of the current 2025 General Plan by incorporating the topics and issues that are current <br />and mandated. <br /> <br />Many Town staff have already participated in preliminary general plan update brainstorming <br />sessions in preparation for the General Plan Update kickoff. These include a mini workshop at the <br />annual mid-mangers retreat, a full afternoon discussion on process and public engagement with <br />engineering, planning, recycling and others facilitated by the Town Manager as well as multiple <br />planning staff meetings. <br /> <br />Processing of Planning Applications during the General Plan Update <br />Staff is seeking Council direction on the processing of planning applications during the General Plan <br />Update process. The Council may choose to continue business as usual or limit planning application <br />(land use application) review during the 2040 General Plan Update. In order to regulate application <br />processing, Council would need to adopt a moratorium for a maximum of two years. A moratorium <br />could be broad-based covering all types of land use applications, or it could be narrowly defined to <br />put certain application types on hold. The reasoning for limiting planning application review includes: <br />• Prioritization of the 2040 General Plan Update. General Plan updates require significant staff <br />and community resources to ensure the creation of a quality plan that is on point, on time <br />and on budget <br />• Temporarily halting development pending completion and adoption of a new general plan <br />that is likely to have new community goals and policies specific to land use development <br />• Prevent a “rush” to develop
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