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Council Policy Manual Update for 2004 <br />April 13, 2004 <br />Page 3 <br />• <br />Policy for Collections and Write -offs of Accounts Receivable F -24 <br />This is a proposed new Policy. The Administrative Services Director establishes <br />specific procedures for collections and the write off of accounts determined to be <br />uncollectible (for accounting purposes). Actual practice in this area is also reviewed, to <br />some degree, as part of the City's audit process. However, a City Policy establishing <br />overall guidelines and parameters for this function is appropriate. <br />General Plan (K -1) <br />This amendment would alter the process for starting a General Plan Amendment to <br />more closely reflect that for amendments to the Zoning Code. It would: <br />1. Provide for the City Council to initiate amendments to any part of the General Plan, <br />as the existing policy; and <br />2. Provide for property owners to apply for an amendment to the land use designation <br />or development limit for their property, without first receiving approval from the <br />Planning Commission and City Council. <br />This is a change from the current procedure for property owners, which requires an <br />initiation request to be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council before <br />• any applications can be received. Staff is suggesting these changes for the following <br />reasons: <br />1. The process is very cumbersome because it requires a substantial amount of time <br />(including consideration by both Planning Commission and City Council), and very <br />few proposals have not been initiated; <br />2. The process is not mentioned nor required by either California State planning law or <br />the General Plan Guidelines; <br />3. The City Attorney's Office concurs with changing the procedure to insure due <br />process for property owners. <br />Implementation Procedures for CEQA (K -3) <br />The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) includes establishment of several <br />exemptions from its provisions. These are Statutory Exemptions, Categorical <br />Exemptions and General Rule Exemptions. Statutory and Categorical Exemptions are <br />defined within the CEQA Guidelines. Qualification for General Rule Exemption is "when <br />it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may <br />have a significant effect on the environment..." Agencies such as the City are <br />encouraged to establish General Rule Exemptions within local implementation <br />guidelines or procedures. <br />A number of discretionary decisions defined as projects under CEQA, which are very <br />minor in nature and involve no development or any change in the physical environment, <br />• do not fall with the other exemption types, and warrant qualification under the General <br />