Alhambra General Plan, Vision 2035 - A Community Mosaic
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
All land within Alhambra City limits
Comprehensive update of the City's General Plan, and provides a vision for the future of Alhambra over the next 20 years. The only part of the City's current General Plan that is not being updated is the City's 2013-2021 Housing Element, which is subject to a unique set of statutory requirements and was updated much more recently than the rest of the General Plan.
The General Plan functions as a guide to the type of community that Alhambra citizens desire, and provides the means by which that desired future can be achieved. The General Plan is a "constitution" for local decision making regarding the community's future development, addressing the range of immediate, mid-, and long-term issues with which the community is concerned. The General Plan is intended to allow land use and policy determinations to be made within a comprehensive framework that incorporates public health, safety, and "quality of life" considerations in a manner that recognizes resource limitations and the fragility of the community's natural environment. Under State law, the General Plan must serve as the foundation upon which all land use decisions are to be based, and must also be comprehensive, internally consistent, and have a long-term perspective. State law further mandates that the General Plan must:
- Identify land use, circulation, environmental, economic, and social goals and policies for the City and its surrounding planning area as they relate to future growth and development.
- Provide a basis for local government decision-making, including decisions on development approvals and exactions.
- Provide citizens the opportunity to participate in the planning and decision making process of their communities.
- Inform citizens, developers, decision-makers, and other cities and counties of the ground rules that guide development within a particular community.
The proposed project would involve adoption of a new General Plan, including a revised General Plan Land Use Map. The General Plan does not envision major land use changes and is not anticipated to facilitate growth beyond what could occur under the current General Plan. The General Plan update does, however, envision certain land use and community design changes along key transportation/commercial corridors while maintaining the character of many of the residential areas of the city. Key goals and concepts contained in the General Plan update include:
- Maintaining the character of existing residential neighborhoods
- Fostering design enhancements along key corridors, such as Main Street an Valley Boulevard
- Facilitating economic development in key locations that meets community needs and creates jobs, including creation of new Medical Office designation along the Garfield Avenue corridor and a potential retail/entertainment district along Valley Boulevard
- Creating a cross-town parkway along the Union Pacific Railroad Corridor that would enhance recreational opportunities, beautify the city, and create pedestrian and bicycle linkages to many areas of the community.
Air Resources Board, Transportation Projects, Cal Fire, California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Highway Patrol, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Emergency Services, California, Resources Agency, San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT)
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California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT)
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