Council OKs up to $155,000 to expand General Plan scope

By From page A6 | January 30, 2014

VACAVILLE — The City Council on a 4-0 vote this week approved three agreements to expand the scope of work for the city’s General Plan update.

Maureen Carson, director of community development, told the council Tuesday that responding to the large number of public comments on the draft environmental impact report for the General Plan update will necessitate more time than originally anticipated. She said so much is required that the scope of work on the update needed to be changed to reflect the added work by the main consulting firm, The Planning Center/DC&E.

The council approved no more than $70,000 to cover the expenses to respond to the more than 30 comments, some of which were in depth and highly detailed, Carson said.

Those responses will become part of the final environmental impact report, which should be released in June and will be a part of the new General Plan.

The council also approved up to $25,000 to hire the nonprofit Center for Economic Research to conduct an economic development review of the General Plan update to ensure that the new plan will allow the city to reach its economic goals in the coming decades.

Carson said that while there was no open bidding for the contract, the Center for Economic Research came recommended and has a reputation for conducting such reviews. She also said the Planning Department wanted a third party for the review, rather than one of the subconsultants already working on the General Plan update.

The third part of the vote was for a Housing Element for the General Plan, which Carson said will be handled by the current consultants.

The housing element is required by law, Carson said, but would be done after the General Plan. It contains the city’s policies and programs related to construction of new housing and the conservation and rehabilitation of existing housing, and the availability of public services for lower-income households and disadvantaged households, according to a staff report.

No more than $60,000 was approved to pay The Planning Center/DC&E for that document, which is due to the state in January 2015, Carson said.

Vice Mayor Mitch Mashburn was not present Tuesday at the meeting.

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  • The MisterJanuary 30, 2014 - 7:00 am

    Agenda 21 Alert!!! Anytime, repeat, anytime you see the consulting firm The Planning Center/DC&E involved, it is all about Agenda 21 and its implementation arm, ICLEI. Check out their website. Do some research. Their projects are all "ICLEI compliant" and their overarching purpose is to bring cities and towns into compliance with ICLEI. They were also instrumental with Vacaville passing its Climate Action Plan (which was ICLEI compliant) two years ago. These City planners, like Carson who is apparently leaving the City, are all about selling out YOUR city to Agenda 21. I went to the Planning Commission public meeting during the review period for the Climate Action Plan. The handouts (prepared by DC&E) said these recommendation were "ICLEI compliant". When your Planning Commissioners were asked about ICLEI, they had never heard of it and didn't know what it was. Voters... the City Staff are cunning, your representatives in local government are dim, and you will suffer under Agenda 21 as the City Staff get to take off with their nice retirements. (It's not just Vacaville... Fairfield and the County have been/are going through this same takeover by Agenda 21.)

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  • SolanoBusinessIncubator.ComJanuary 30, 2014 - 8:12 am

    Give Fairfield the improved image it deserves. Every dollar spent on improving the main gateway to downtown Fairfield could bring many times more in tax revenues. The main gateway from I-80, is West Texas Street. People see the main gateway before they decide to keep driving to downtown Fairfield and the $101,000,000 county capital building. Glad to see minor improvements being made on the main gateway.

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  • Rick WoodJanuary 30, 2014 - 8:27 am

    I understand your interest in West Texas, but Webster and Jackson streets from Highway 12 north to Texas Street are also main gateways.

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  • The MisterJanuary 30, 2014 - 8:38 am

    SBI.com, you said, "Every (taxpayer) dollar spent... could bring many times more in tax revenues." How? How is this not a pie-in-the-sky hope? What would be the costs... millions of tax dollars? What would be the benefit? It sounds like a handful of businesses along West Texas "could" get marginally more customers that would generate marginally more taxes. I can't blindly buy your idea of spend, spend, spend based upon a dream of increased tax receipts. Would you invest YOUR money with expected returns such as these? Then why would you suggest we all invest our money that way?

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