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General Plan Update (PA2017-141) <br />January 8, 2019 <br />Page 2 <br />A general plan consultant is necessary to assist staff with the process. Staff will initiate <br />a request for proposal (RFP) process for the selection of the consultant. The consultant's <br />responsibilities will include: public outreach; facilitate community visioning and <br />workshops; prepare draft general plan goal and policies; and conduct necessary analyses <br />and studies. Staff will seek additional input on the RFP from the community through a <br />community forum after members of the steering committee has been selected. The <br />tentative date for the community forum is planned for February 2019, in the Civic Center <br />Community Room. <br />Public outreach will be critical and staff will require consultant assistance. The first <br />deliverable outlined in the RFP is a public outreach program that will have staff and the <br />consultants conducting a facilitated "Listen and Learn" tour throughout the community. <br />Guided by the steering committee, the public outreach will extend to all stake holders in <br />the community. <br />Staff will return to City Council later in 2019 with a request to form a larger General Plan <br />Advisory Committee (GPAC). The GPAC will be composed of 25 to 30 members of the <br />public. Their role will be to take the information acquired from the "Listen and Learn" tour <br />and, with the support of the consultant and staff, draft the necessary updates to the <br />General Plan. <br />During the preparation of the updates to the Land Use and Housing Elements, the <br />suitability of some sites or areas for intended or other land uses may be discussed. A <br />fiscal and market analysis will be performed to help inform the GPAC of the economic <br />and fiscal ramifications of possible changes. Other studies may be necessary to help the <br />GPAC provide informed guidance and recommendations. When there appears to be <br />consensus on the draft update, environmental review will be conducted. Finally, public <br />hearings with the Harbor Commission; Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission; and <br />Planning Commission will inform the City Council of recommended update action. <br />ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW: <br />Staff recommends the City Council find this study session item is not subject to the <br />California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") pursuant to Sections 15060(c)(2) (the <br />activity will not result in a direct or reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the <br />environment) and 15060(c)(3) (the activity is not a project as defined in Section 15378) <br />of the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines, California Code of Regulations, <br />Title 14, Chapter 3, because it has no potential for resulting in physical change to the <br />environment, directly or indirectly. <br />Updating the General Plan will require the preparation of an environmental impact report <br />pursuant to the CEQA. <br />NOTICING: <br />The agenda item has been noticed according to the Brown Act (72 hours in advance of <br />the meeting at which the City Council considers the item). Additionally, staff sent notice <br />by email using the City's select alert system. Staff also posted notice on the City's website <br />and social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Next-door. <br />SS2-2 <br />