WHY ARE WE UPDATING THE GENERAL PLAN?
The General Plan provides a "blueprint" for development and a useful guide to achieving our vision for the City. Beaumont last updated its General Plan in 2007. California law requires that General Plans be updated periodically to reflect current community values, vision for land use and development, and update technical information.
WHAT TYPES OF ISSUES DOES THE GENERAL PLAN ADDRESS?
The General Plan includes a summary of development goals and policies. California law requires that the General Plan include a minimum of eight state-mandated elements: Land Use, Open Space, Conservation, Housing, Environmental Justice,Circulation, Noise, and Safety. The General Plan may also include additional elements related to land-use development, including economic development; human services, sustainability, social equity, and governance. The General Plan offers an opportunity for the community to engage in the process and to help define the long term needs of local residents, businesses, and employees.
How long does the General Plan Update take?
The General Plan process will be ongoing and take approximately two years to complete.
WHAT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR)?
Public agencies must comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify potential environmental impacts, and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. A City certifies an EIR as part of a General Plan Update process in order to ensure compliance with CEQA.
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) identifies and analyzes the environmental impacts that can result from the implementation of the General Plan. It serves to inform governmental agencies and the public of the potential environmental impacts to existing or proposed changes to the built environment. The EIR also proposes mitigation measures to avoid or offset any negative environmental impacts.
WHO CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE UPDATE AND HOW?
The General Plan Update is an opportunity for community members and other major stakeholders to discuss how the City will grow through 2035. There will be many opportunities to participate, including community workshops, interviews, and public hearings. You can join the email list to receive updates on upcoming events.
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions, or would like to provide us with comments, please contact Christina Taylor at Ctaylor@beaumontca.gov or 951.572.3212