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General Plan Update and Local Coastal Program Update

Planning Commission Review of the General Plan and Gateway Area Plan. The City of Arcata Planning Commission is continuing to work through various chapters of the draft Gateway Area Plan and General Plan at its regularly scheduled planning commission meetings, which take place the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 PM. These meetings can be attended in person or via Zoom at this time. The Planning Commission will also continue to review the Local Coastal Program through 2023.  Agendas for upcoming meetings can be reviewed here.

Committee Review of the General Plan and Gateway Area Plan.The City of Arcata's nine City Committees continue to work through various chapters of the draft General Plan Updates at their regularly scheduled meetings. These meetings can be attended via Zoom at this time. Agendas for upcoming meetings can be reviewed here.

Form-Based Code Public Workshops. Staff is in the process of scheduling more public engagement opportunities with the City's design consultant, Ben Noble, on the draft Form-Based Code for the Arcata Gateway Area. These sessions cover design standards proposed to regulate building scale and massing, building heights by zone, parking, open space, community benefits, and more. Two presentations in this series are now complete and can be viewed on the City's YouTube channel, here.   

Three form-based code session will be taking place in early 2023. The first session on architectural and open space regulations utilizing a form-based code was held January 19th and a recording of the video can be found here.  If you were unable to attend the session but would like to provide feedback you can do so by completing the survey associated with the session which can be found here. The survey will be available through January 31st. Please refer to the Look Book when completing the survey. There will be two more form-based code sessions in February and the dates are as follows:

Saturday, February 11th, 8:30am-12:30pm-  Planning Commission Work Session (in-person at City Hall)
Thursday, February 23rd, 6:00pm-8:00pm- Form-based code virtual workshop (via zoom)

Environmental Review. The City is currently working to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to support updates to the General Plan, the Gateway Area Plan, and associated zoning changes needed in order to implement the General Plan. Director David Loya presented information regarding the City's assumptions for the environmental analysis, which can be can be viewed on the City’s SIRP YouTube channel, here. 

Below is a calendar of engagement opportunities undertaken since the August 23rd joint study session of the Planning Commission and City Council. Additional past Planning Commission and Committee Meetings where Gateway Plan topics have been reviewed, as well as agendas for upcoming meetings, can be watched on the City's website, here. 

Future hearing dates listed in the table below are subject to change. 

Meeting DateHearing BodyGateway Plan Chapter(s)General Plan Chapter

Relevant Meeting Materials
August 23, 2022Planning Commission and City CouncilAll
Poll Results-PC/CC

Poll Results-public
September 13, 2022Planning Commission 

Community Benefits

September 27, 2022Planning Commission 

Community Benefits

October 11, 2022Planning Commission 

Concerns with proposed height polling-public
October 25, 2022Planning Commission 

Solutions polling-public
Concerns-Solutions DRAFT
November 08, 2022Planning CommissionConcerns/Solutions

November 15, 2022Planning CommissionCommunity Benefits

December 13, 2022Planning Commission
Parks and Recreation Element 

What comes next?

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