The City of Redding’s General Plan Update will provide the long-term planning blueprint for the improvements needed to house the City’s growing population and needed services and industry over through 2045. The city could potentially grow from its current population of approximately 91,743 to a population of approximately 95,388, based on projections prepared for the City of Redding. The current City Limits contains adequate vacant sites zoned for housing, commercial services, and industrial uses to serve a much larger population. The new growth is focused in areas of the city where services exist or can be expanded/extended to serve additional and more intensive development where appropriate.
This development will occur in a Planning Area footprint that is smaller (approximately 24 square mile reduction) than that of the 2000-2020 General Plan. However, as with the current General Plan’s Planning Area, the Churn Creek Bottom is still included given that Redding surrounds the area on three sides, and it is influenced to some degree by City activities and planning efforts, such as the Redding Municipal Airport and access to the Stillwater Business Park.
The General Plan Diagram (aka land use map) will not be modified by the update. Existing land use classifications and configurations will remain unaffected.
The General Plan will identify long-term goals; provide a basis for decision-making; provide citizens a forum for input on their community’s direction; and inform citizens, developers, decision-makers, and other cities and Shasta County of the expectations for development. The General Plan will advance the City’s vision for a resilient, equitable, and healthy community with high-quality development and urban centers and corridors. The General Plan Update includes comprehensive updates to the required elements under the State Planning and Zoning Law, as well as other optional elements that the City has elected to include in its General Plan. In addition, an Environmental Justice Element is embedded throughout the General Plan Update’sgoals and policies. Each element includes goals and policies that are based, in part, on creating an equitable, sustainable, and livable community of neighborhoods, and provides updates based on State and local law, and other considerations. The Development Code will be updated in the future as may be necessary to reflect the policy direction and development incentives addressed in the General Plan Update, although such updates are anticipated to be minimal in scope.
Overall Approach to the General Plan Update
Redding is fortunate to have considerable vacant land with existing land use designations to accommodate both residential and nonresidential growth in the coming decades. As such, projected growth over the next twenty-two years will be guided into areas of the city that have the infrastructure and other resources to accommodate it, or where the resources can be readily improved as currently planned. As proposed this project does not include changes to land use designations. This means that much of the community is expected to continue the incremental growth envisioned by the existing general plan, while additional infill and mixed-use development throughout the community will be encouraged as addressed below. Connectivity improvement of trails, paths, and roadways to and through the City’s diverse neighborhoods will also be encouraged.
There are considerable opportunities to accommodate redevelopment of a number of existing commercial centers or along arterial street corridors. Reimagining these centers and corridors may result in a larger range of neighborhood and community services and/or the addition of residential uses being provided. The General Plan will include several policies intended to incentivize private redevelopment within these areas. Such incentives may include affordable housing funds, installation of property street frontage improvements as part of the City’s Active Transportation Program (ATP), use of Development Impact Fees at appropriate locations, general street and utility maintenance activities, installation of planned sewer and water line capacity improvements, reciprocal, or joint use parking allowances, and similar, yet undefined, incentives. The existing General Plan identifies a few larger Focus Areas where neighborhood-specific policies or guidelines are provided and a few of these existing Focus Areas will be eliminated with the General Plan Update. No additional Focus Areas will be identified. As with the General Plan Diagram, future land uses will not be dictated by land use changes in the Focus Areas, rather, the incentives noted above for Opportunity Areas will be provided as appropriate to the particular neighborhood.
Community design direction included in the General Plan will strive to ensure that all new development connects to existing paths, trails, and roadways where reasonable. Roadways are considered public realm and must be integrated into the design of the adjacent development. An important feature of all new development is that the street improvements accommodate all modes of travel by what is known as development of “Complete Streets."
Among the concepts for modifications to the City’s roadway are:
• Expanded use of roundabouts at appropriate locations
• Reducing arterial street right-of-way widths where analyses indicate that currently
planned improvements are not warranted.
• Addressing long term street maintenance needs
• Ensuring adequate bicycle, pedestrian, bus, and similar multimodal facilities can be
• Construction of one or more of “diverging diamond” interchanges where appropriate and supported by CalTrans.
• Addressing micro-mobility options.
The General Plan Update seeks to retain and, in some cases, create equitable benefit and access to services, such as transportation, public health and safety, housing, and recreation, while encouraging economic development that is inclusive and representative of the entire Redding population. Policies in the plan will inspire investment that promotes City identity and strengthens its commitment to being culturally and historically respectful.