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General Plan Update

Every 20 years, a city is required to update its general plan, THE guiding document of vision of the city. The General Plan will guide future decisions regarding land use, community design, transportation, public services, and resource conservation for the next 20 years. Sebastopol has begun this process and expects to complete the latest version in the next couple of years. The Council selected De Novo Group as consultants to complete this process. The De Novo contract is for approximately $400,000. The whole update cost may run several multiples of that number.

Input from the whole community is sought, with several public meetings to gather input. An advisory committee has been appointed by the Council to work on the project. The City has set up a separate website with lots more info. Visit the General Plan Update Website.

The 'topic' schedule for the City's General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) has been set. If you are interested in a particular topic, plan to attend that meeting. Meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and will begin at 6:30pm. at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol.

  • 1: July 9, 2014 GPAC Roles and Procedures
  • 2: September 10, 2014 Noise/Safety
  • 3: October 8, 2014 Housing/Community Health
  • 4: November 12, 2014 Circulation
  • 5: January 14, 2015 Policy Review
  • 6: February 11, 2015 Conservation/Open Space
  • 7: March 11, 2015 Economic Vitality/Urban Design
  • 8: May 13, 2015 Policy Review
  • 9: June 10, 2015 Land Use and Land Use Map
  • 10: August 12, 2015 Policy Review

For the first time ever, we have a regional plan (adopted in July 2013) for the 9 Bay Area Counties that directly impacts the General Plans of all local jurisdictions. This regional plan is called Plan Bay Area. Read this summary of some of the impacts, as submitted by one of our readers, Plan Bay Area has on our local General Plan Update.

April 28, 2014 - Visioning Worshop coming up Wed April 30 - "Sebastopol readies general plan update" - PD article...quoting Mr. Necker.

April 15, 2014 - General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) appointed -
and these are the members:
From the Planning Commission: Linda Kelley, Scot Stegeman.
From the Design Review Board: Ted Luthin.
From the wider community: Paul Fritz, Maureen Purtell, Kathy Oetinger, Marsha Sue Lustig, Geoffrey Skinner, Clare Najarian, Paul Andre Schabracq, Chrit Longmaid and Craig Boblitt.
Alternates: Rob Cary, Paul Jaffee, Buffie Harris, Erik Ohlsen, Jim Wheaton, and Omar Figueroa.

You may find the internal voting by Council members of interest. Each member was given these rules - "Rate no more than 20 candidates; assign a maximum of four of your top choices with a score of 5 points; maximum of four with score of 4 points; maximum of four with score of 3 points; and so on."
View the tabulations here.

January 17, 2014 - "Sebastopol seeks General Plan Advisory Committee members" - PD story.

September 1, 2013 - "Sebastopol to launch General Plan update" - PD story.

October 9, 2012 - General Plan subcommitte meeting - The Planning Commission subcommittee in charge of discussing the process portion of the Sonoma State General Plan Update has scheduled a Public Discussion. This is the first Process Subcommittee meeting, intended to be an organizational meeting where parameters will be established for future discussion of tasks delegated to the Process Subcommittee, including the General Plan Update process, Orientation, Community Survey, Issues/Goals Workshop, and Presentation of Reports. Additional Sonoma State General Plan Update subcommittee meetings, for this subcommittee and others, will follow. Read the notes from this meeting, as found on the City website.