About BEAUMONT 2040
The City of Beaumont is embarking on a significant planning effort, undertaking a multi-year effort to develop a new General Plan, conduct the environmental review in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and ultimately adopt new development regulations, including zoning and subdivision provisions.
The project consists of the following components:
- General Plan. All chapters in the existing General Plan, except for the Housing Element, will be comprehensively updated.
- Zoning Code. The process will develop several ordinances to update the zoning code in accordance with the General Plan.
- Environmental Impact Report. The preparation of an Environmental Impact Report will include the analysis and disclosure of the potential impacts of the General Plan and zoning code updates on the environment. This process is required by the State’s California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.
- Community Engagement. A multi-faceted public outreach program is critical to the success of the project. As part of the General Plan Update, there will be an advisory committee, community workshops, focus groups, interviews, community survey, project web site, and other outreach efforts.
What is a General Plan?
A General Plan is a policy document required by state law that provides long-range guidance for land use, development and other City issues, such as open space conservation, affordable housing and employment. The Beaumont General Plan Update will serve as a blueprint of the City's vision for the future. The policy document will replace the 2007 General Plan.
What is included in the General Plan?
State law establishes the basic components of a General Plan and how these components are to be interwoven to create a "long term," "comprehensive," "integrated, internally consistent and compatible statement" of goals and policies that reflect local conditions and circumstances. The law requires that a General Plan address eight subject areas, known in the law and by practice, as "elements," and that each element establish goals, policies and implementation programs and time frames for the subject matter in each element. The mandatory elements are:
Land use. The land use element is a guide to the public, planners, and decision makers as to the pattern of development for the City at build out.
Circulation. This element plans for the orderly circulation of people, goods, energy, water, sewage, and storm drainage.
Housing. The housing element was adopted in 2013 and will not be revised as part of the General Plan Update.
Open space. The open space element provides a comprehensive and long-range preservation of ‘open space land’, i.e., unimproved land or water devoted to open space.
Environmental Justice. The environmental justice element identifies environmental and health impacts within the City boundaries, while also addressing the needs of vulnerable communities most impacted by their effects.
Conservation. The conservation element guides conservation, development of natural resources, i.e. Forests, Wetlands, Fisheries, Soils, Rivers, Harbors, Wildlife, Minerals, etc.
Noise. This element seeks to limit the community’s exposure to excessive noise.
Safety. The safety element seeks to reduce the risk of death, injuries, property damage, and economic and social dislocation from natural and manmade hazards.
Beyond the mandatory elements of the General Plan, there is a great deal of flexibility to address local conditions and circumstances through additional elements. Many General Plans contain elements that address the local economy, urban design, bicycle and pedestrian needs, parks and recreation, social services, public health, sustainability and so forth. There is also a great deal of flexibility in creating the format of the General Plan so that certain topics can be better integrated.