Ongoing Community Outreach

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Upcoming Engagement Highlights

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. Here is a tentative public engagement schedule for the next few months:

Planning Commission Meeting Date

Gateway Plan Topic

General Plan Topic

May 10, 2022Mobility
May 24, 2022Employment/Arts/Open Space/StreescapeGrowth Management
June 14, 2022Infrastructure
June 21, 2022HousingResource Cons/Open Space
July 12, 2022DesignLand Use/Health
July 26, 2022DesignDesign/Historic
August 9, 2022DesignInfrastructure/Public Safety
September 13, 2022EIRCirculation/Recreation/EIR

Past Planning Commission meetings where Gateway Plan topics have recently been reviewed, as well as agendas for upcoming meetings, can be watched on the City’s website, here.

Click here to sign up for our Long-Range Planning & Community Visioning eNotification email list to receive updates on upcoming meetings, draft documents and more. 

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. 

Local Coastal Program

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. 

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What comes next?

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More opportunities for public engagement regarding the Gateway Area Plan and General Plan Update will be announced as dates are finalized.

Community members are encouraged to sign up for the Long Range Planning & Community Visioning email notification list to stay updated on public comment and engagement opportunities. 

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Public Engagement

In order to undertake necessary updates to the City’s General Plan, there are some big questions that we need the community to help answer: 

  • What are your big ideas for the future of Arcata’s built, natural, and economic environment?
  •  What are the characteristics of Arcata that make it a great place to live, work, and play? 
  • What actions can we take to combat as well as adapt to climate change? 
  • What are the things in your community that could change that will strengthen your community to be a better place to live, work or play in the next 20 years?

We plan to ask these questions through a variety of methods, in order to ensure engagement that is both robust and COVID-safe.

Questions? Get in Touch with us.

  • Click here to sign up for our Long-Range Planning & Community Visioning eNotification email list to receive updates on upcoming meetings, draft documents and more. 
  • Email us at or give us a call at 707-822-5955.
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  1. Online Surveys
  2. “Meeting-in-a-Box” Sessions
  3. “Town Hall” Zoom Meetings and In-person Open Houses
  4. Tabling
  5. Walking Meetings
  6. Highlights from Past Engagement Sessions

Online Surveys

The City will also release surveys on the City website that align with the questions asked at the Town Hall sessions, in an effort to bring along members of the community who cannot attend our meetings, but still want to engage in our processes. These surveys will be released concurrently with the public meeting where similar topics are discussed, and the surveys will remain open for the duration of the drafting of the relevant General Plan Elements. Once draft updates to the General Plan Elements are released, follow-up surveys requesting feedback on the proposed updates will be released to the public as well. 

Community Vision Survey

The Community Vision Statement identifies key community values and priorities on a 20-year horizon, and serves to guide the City's budget and project priorities. 

We are working to update this vision statement and you can provide feedback on it by taking our visioning survey below. 

The City’s Community Visioning survey above was made available on the City’s Strategic Infill page the week of the community visioning session, and will remain open until April 1, 2022, in order to allow community members as much time as possible to engage with the materials.