CONSENSUS A PLANNING PRINCIPLES
On October 20, 1998, the Board of Supervisors reviewed the following consensus planning principles submitted by a coalition of building industry, property owner, and environmental interest groups, and endorsed them to be used as initial guidance in the early stages of the Integrated Planning Project (i.e. MSHCP/CETAP/General Plan) described in the Land Use section of this document:
1. A comprehensive new General Plan based on an overall vision of the future should be created, rather than piecemeal Community Plan updates and project-specific General Plan amendments.
2. The new General Plan must assure sufficient measures of certainty providing for a high quality of life, including reasonable accommodation of future growth, housing, biological and multiple species resources, agriculture, watersheds and scenic landscapes.
3. The General Plan must acknowledge the rights of private property owners and offer just compensation according to the Constitutional, federal and state law for private property reserved for public purposes.
4. General Plan policies and derivative regulations should include, where appropriate, positive economic and regulatory incentives.
5. General Plan policies must establish that public benefits and improvements that serve the entire community must be funded proportionately by the entire community. New development must bear its share of increased infrastructure costs.
6. The General Plan should base community development on a balanced, sustainable, and integrated set of mapped land uses, including policies promoting the continued viability of agricultural lands.
7. The location of areas mapped for development should be determined with consideration of the following factors:
* avoidance of resource and hazard areas
* opportunity for redevelopment
* availability of infill sites
* proximity of existing infrastructure
* proximity of existing municipal spheres of influence
* conformance with the policies of communities of interest
* appropriately sited new towns and villages
8. The new General Plan must coordinate to the maximum extent possible with planning within the incorporated areas, and encourage mutually reinforcing actions by the cities and LAFCO, as appropriate. Similarly, the new General Plan should coordinate with larger regional planning efforts.
9. The General Plan should plan for and encourage the development of diverse and distinctive communities.
10. A goal of the new General Plan is to create a more compact urban form, resulting in a reduction in land consumption per capita compared to current modes of development.
11. The General Plan should plan for and encourage economic development with emphasis on employment opportunities situated within or nearby existing and future communities.
12. The new General Plan must be fully integrated with transportation planning, so that Land Use and Circulation Elements reinforce each other. Transit/rail corridors should be fully examined by CETAP and incorporated into the new General Plan to the maximum extent possible.
13. The General Plan should plan for and encourage a wide range of housing choices suitable for residents of all economic means.
14. The new General Plan should integrate a comprehensive Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
15. Existing community plans should be updated as part of this process to bring them into conformance with revised General Plan policies. New community plans, if any, and consistency zoning should be delayed until the new General Plan is completed.
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