The proposed project is the update of the Sierra Madre General Plan. The General Plan Update is an opportunity to take a comprehensive look at the city as a system and in a regional context, to address contemporary conditions and laws, and to reflect the latest aspirations for the future of the community. As with the existing Sierra Madre General Plan, the General Plan Update will continue to serve as a long-range policy document that defines the framework by which the city's physical, natural, cultural, social and economic resource are to be managed over time. Consistent with the adopted Vision and Guiding Principles, the updated General Plan will focus on preserving and sustaining the City's distinctive character as a historic small-town; ensuring that adequate City services that match the needs of the community are provided; ensuring the City's natural resources 9e.g., San Gabriel Mountain foothills, wildlife, forest, open space, watershed, etc.) are adequately protected; promoting and developing a strong, diversified local economy; and ensuring that new development is harmonious with existing neighborhoods, maintains the small-town character of the city, and does not unduly burden existing City services and infrastructure or impact the environment.
The General Plan Update will guide the growth and development (e.g., infill development, redevelopment, and revitalization/restoration) of the city 20 years or more into the future. The General Plan Update involves a revision to the current land use map and all elements except Housing. It will guide growth and development within the city by designating land uses in the proposed land use map and through implementation of the goals and policies of the General Plan Update. Assuming a theoretical buildout (post-2035 scenario) of the General Plan Update, the city is projected to accommodate approximately 5,244 residential dwelling units (5,123 exsiting plus 121 new) and 1,100,228 s.f. of non-residential square footage (1,012,836 existing plus 87,392 new), which includes commercial, manufacturing and institutional land uses.
The General Plan Update consists of the following elements: Land Use, Resource Management, Hazard Prevention, and Community Services, which are included as individual chapters in the General Plan Update. The Land Use chapter covers topics such as distribution and intensity of land use development, urban form, historic preervation, and economic development. The Resource Management chapter covers topics such as hillside preservation, dark sky, co-existence with wildlife, trees preservation, water resources, waste management and recycling, and air quality. The Hazard Protection chapter addresses fire safety, flooding and landslides, seismic safety, and noise. Finally, the Community Services chapter covers topics such as law enforcement, recreation services, library services, community cultural and special events, transit, and public services.