Friday, August 29, 2014
Regular listeners may remember many past Land Use Reports, advising listeners that the City of Capitola was getting ready to amend its General Plan. The City finally did do that, thus enacting a new “Constitution For Land Use” in the City of Capitola.
The community’s General Plan is always the most important land use policy document governing local land use decisions, and its importance consists in the fact that virtually all land use decisions, on proposed projects and on various policy matters, must be “consistent” with the Community General Plan. That’s what the law says. If you would like to study up on how this process works, you can find a helpful link in today’s transcript. LandWatch Monterey County has published a “Best Practices Guide” called Land Use And The General Plan. It’s well worth reading.
Now that the City of Capitola has adopted a new General Plan, the City is going to have to modify its implementing ordinances to be consistent. The City’s “Zoning Code” provides specific development designations for specific kinds of properties, and outlines general rules as well. Changes to the Zoning Code are definitely coming! If you would like to be involved, the City is asking you to take a survey related to the City’s Zoning Code Update. It’s quick, and I encourage your participation. Find the link at kusp.org/landuse.