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<br /> <br />Town Council Staff Report <br />Page 3 of 8 <br />• Prevent hasty decisions that would potentially compromise General Plan Update efforts / <br />prevent immediate construction that might be inconsistent with the provisions of a future <br />plan. <br />The enactment of temporary restrictions on development is a very typical step taken by local <br />governments when doing a plan update. Temporary restrictions including moratoriums have been <br />held to be a valid exercise of a city’s police power where the restrictions are reasonable and related <br />to public health, safety or general welfare. Local agencies can enact a moratorium for a broad range <br />of reasons, however, most exempt certain activities such as building permits for approved land use <br />applications and construction of single-family homes / additions. How best to proceed is unique to <br />each jurisdiction. <br />Staff recommends that at a minimum a moratorium should be considered for land use applications <br />requesting approval of Development Code / Zoning Map Amendments (excluding zoning map <br />amendments needed to satisfy Housing Element RHNA allocations and affordable housing <br />projects), General Plan Amendments, Specific Plan / Master Plan Amendments and residential <br />subdivisions of more than 100 total parcels. <br /> <br />Staff believes that these application types represent significant land use actions that require <br />substantial staff resources. The processing of significant land use applications would limit staff’s <br />ability to focus on the 2040 General Plan. In addition, the adopted plan could result in major <br />changes to land uses, densities, circulation decisions and development requirements that could <br />affect properties where land use approval is being requested. Should Council decide to consider a <br />moratorium, staff would prepare a staff report with resolution for consideration in March 2018. As <br />part of this resolution, staff would define all application types affected including exempt activities. <br />Minimum criteria / definition of a qualified affordable housing project would also be created. Council <br />may also consider alternatives that broaden or further limit the staff recommendation such as no <br />moratorium or a complete halt on land use application processing until the 2040 General Plan is <br />complete. <br /> <br />Preliminary General Plan Update Work Program <br />The General Plan Update is anticipated to span from February 2018 to late 2020. This suggests a <br />2040 time horizon, although there is no legal requirement for any particular planning horizon. A 2040 <br />General Plan makes sense because it looks out 20 years (a typical time period), and because <br />several of the Town’s climate-related and greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals are set at <br />2040. <br /> <br />The idea is that environmental and technical analysis like traffic congestion and air and water quality <br />are considered from the start of the planning process. This informs land use, housing, conservation <br />and transportation choices, and it ensures that baseline data are being generated once and <br />documented once (saving time and money). It should also ensure a “soft landing” meaning that the <br />ultimate plan choices will not run afoul of a major environmental impact or large mitigation burden. <br />Similarly, by running the community engagement process in stride with policy development, the <br />ultimate plan that is adopted has community input and buy in at every step. Scoping out the major <br />issues and scale of the planning process is informed by community views; addressing what land <br />use/transportation alternatives make sense is informed by community views; and at each key step <br />where disagreement of conflict might arise, there is the Technical Advisory Committee to weigh in <br />and assist staff and consultants in determining the course of action. <br /> <br />The heart of the planning process, however, is still the plan and policies, depicted by the center tier <br />of Figure 2. For a full size copy of the diagram, see the last page of Attachment #1. Identification of <br /> <br />