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How Will the General Plan Be Updated?

This update will be accomplished in steps. The community is involved each step of the way. The main steps and desired outcomes are:

Step 1: Startup

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During this step, the community is informed about the overall update process. Comments are being sought from individuals, organizations, communities and agencies. For example; a series of regional meetings were held in September, with follow up Critical Choices workshops held in November.

Step 2: Identifying Issues & Alternatives

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Here the issues identified at startup are analyzed and alternative policy solutions are developed. The background studies are used to identify constraints and opportunities. Alternative plan policies will proposed.

Step 3: Selecting a Preferred Alternative

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Workshops will be held to compare alternative plan policies. Community groups and individuals can focus on issues and present their findings and preferences to others in an open forum. The Planning Commission and Board will be involved and be able to gauge public opinion before decisions are made.

Step 4: Preparing a Draft of the General Plan & Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

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A Draft Plan will include preferred goals, policies, and implementation measures. A Draft EIR will be prepared at the same time to evaluate the environmental affects of implementing the draft plan. The Draft Plan will include Local Coastal Plans, Community Plans, and the County-wide Plan Elements for Land Use, transportation, Resource Conservation and Open Space, health and Safety, Noise, Housing, Economics, and Public Services.

Step 5: Conducting Public Review & Adopting the Plan

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Once drafts of the general Plan and EIR are prepared, they will be distributed for community review and then be scheduled for public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

Step 6: Preparing the Unified Development Code & Other Implementing Ordinances

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Implementation of Humboldt 21st Century Plan will require amendments to current zoning and other land use regulations ( for example, subdivision ordinances). A Unified Development Code will be prepared, with consolidated Coastal and Inland regulations.