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Planning Commission to Hold Study Session, Public Hearing this Week

In a press release, City officials said the Land Use and Circulation Element of the City's General Plan needs updating - and they want the public's thoughts on the matter.

 

The following was written by members of the City staff and the Foster City Planning Commission.

The Foster City Planning Commission will hold a study session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 to review and consider the draft revised background text, figures and maps of the Land Use and Circulation Element of the City's General Plan.

The City of Foster City General Plan is the guiding document for the future vision of the City. The Land Use and Circulation Element establishes a pattern for land use and sets out clear standards for the density of population and the intensity of development for each of the proposed land uses, with a direct tie between the timing, amount, type and location of development with the traffic, service and infrastructure demands such development will generate.

The General Plan is being updated because many of the objectives stated in the existing General Plan have been met. A new General Plan is required to address new planning issues that will emerge. The updated General Plan is intended to be a map for the future that will guide the development and growth of the City, while maintaining and enhancing the quality of life.

The text, figures and maps of the Land Use and Circulation Element provide the background information for the City as it relates to land use and demographic data. These sections set the baseline of where the City is today and support the direction set forth by the Goals, Policies and Programs. The background information is a work in progress. Additional study sessions are anticipated for further revision.

In addition, the City will hold a public scoping session on Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 620 Foster City Boulevard, Foster City, California. The purpose of the meeting is to accept comments from the public on the scope of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that will be prepared for the Land Use and Circulation Element Update.

The EIR for this project is anticipated to examine thoroughly the following environmental effects of the project: air quality, biological resources, geology, soils and seismicity, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use, noise, population and housing, public services and utilities, recreation, parks and open space, transportation and circulation, aesthetics/visual resources, greenhouse gases and climate change, energy, and cumulative impacts.

Topics that are not anticipated to be significant and, after review, may be excluded from a detailed analysis in the EIR include: agriculture and forestry resources, and mineral resources.

The level of analysis for these subject areas may be refined or additional subject areas may be analyzed based on responses and/or refinements to the project that may occur subsequent to the publication of this notice. In addition, the EIR will include an analysis of potential alternatives to the proposed project. 

Both the study session and public scoping session will be held in the Council Chambers, 620 Foster City Blvd., beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend both meetings. The two sessions will also be televised on Foster City TV, Channel 27. 

Anyone with questions about the General Plan Update or EIR should contact Julie Moloney, Senior Planner, at 650-286-3242 or jmoloney@fostercity.org.    

Anyone wishing to attend either meeting who will need special accomodations should contact the Community Development Department at 650-286-3225.

 

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