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 The Community Development Department is in the process of scheduling more public engagement opportunities through the Summer, including opportunities for the public to learn more about next steps in developing a form-based code for the Arcata Gateway Area. 

Two presentations in this series are now complete and can be veiwed on the City's YouTube channel, here.  These meetings provide information from the City’s design consultant, Ben Noble, on the components of Form-Based Codes, and cover additional design standards proposed to regulate building scale and massing, as well as additional information on proposed building heights by zone and community benefits. 

Provide feedback to staff and consultant team here. 

General Plan Update

The City of Arcata released the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the General Plan Update. This EIR process includes an analysis of the Gateway Area Plan draft as a new Element of the City’s General Plan, and associated zoning changes needed in order to implement the General Plan. The NOP review period began on Friday, February 4 and closed on Monday, March 7 at 5:00 p.m. 

The City is currently working to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to support updates to the General Plan and the Gateway Area Plan. Director David Loya presented information regarding the growth assumptions that feed into this analysis via a public scoping hearing which was held March 10, 2022. His presentation can be can be viewed on the City’s SIRP YouTube channel, here. 

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 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. 

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 Gateway Area Plan at their regularly scheduled meetings. These meetings can be attended via Zoom at this time. 

Local Coastal Program Update

The City is also currently working to update its Local Coastal Program, which contains development regulations pertaining to properties located within the Coastal Zone of the City of Arcata. These properties are regulated by the California Coastal Act in addition to local regulations, which primarily relate to the protection and preservation of coastal resources as well as encouraging coastal access.