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Posted on: December 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Arcata Gateway Area Plan Update

Arcata 2021

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The Community Development Department released the draft of the Gateway Area Plan on Wednesday, December 1, which provides details of how Arcata’s Gateway Area could be redeveloped to create more housing opportunities for the community. 

The Gateway Area Plan draft will be circulated to the public for approximately one year before it can be adopted by the City Council, and members of the public may review the Gateway Area Plan draft here

Click here to watch a 60-minute informational video about the Gateway Area Plan draft.

City staff held the first series of public meetings to discuss the contents of the draft in December 2021. Video recordings of these meetings, including the virtual Town Hall, Planning Commission and City Council meetings are available to view on the City of Arcata’s YouTube page. 

The Community Development Department is in the process of scheduling more public engagement opportunities in January and February 2022, which will include additional virtual Town Halls and study sessions, City Committee meetings, and tabling at the Arcata Plaza Farmers’ Market.

City staff will also host an in person Open House on Friday, January 21 and Saturday, January 22 from 11:30 AM to 7 PM at the Arcata Community Center, located at 321 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Parkway. COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place.

Upcoming public meetings will focus on transportation circulation, building height and scale, and other topics of interest. These conversations will also provide an opportunity for Arcata’s residents to share feedback about community benefits and amenities they would like to see in the Gateway Plan Area. The dates for all upcoming meetings are anticipated to be finalized early in the New Year, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Community members are encouraged to sign up for the Community Development Department’s Long Range Planning & Community Visioning email notification list to stay updated on public comment and engagement opportunities. Sign up by clicking here.

The Community Development Department has created a Community Visioning Survey for residents and non-residents to share their thoughts on Arcata’s development. Based on community feedback, the deadline to participate has been extended to Friday, April 1, 2022. Feedback received from the survey will help shape Arcata’s future development priorities. The survey is available in Spanish and in English, and can be accessed here.

Based on public input received in the last month, the Community Development Department has identified common concerns related to the draft plan and has created a fact sheet for the public to review. The fact sheet will be updated regularly, and is available here.

Arcata residents are encouraged to share their input and reach out to the Community Development Department with questions regarding the draft of Arcata Gateway Area Plan. City staff can be reached by email at or by calling 707-822-5955. In addition, City staff is available to meet with individuals or groups of community members interested in discussing the plan. Please contact 707-822-5955 to schedule a virtual or in-person meeting.

For more information on the Gateway Area Plan draft or to learn more about Community Development projects and plans, please click here or call 707-822-5955.

Arcata Gateway Plan Area 2021

A portion of the Gateway Plan Area, courtesy of the City of Arcata.

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