Chapter 17.80
GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT REGULATIONS

Sections:

17.80.010    Title.

17.80.020    Amendments to be made in manner provided in this chapter.

17.80.030    Purpose.

17.80.040    Initiation of amendments—Applications.

17.80.050    Schedule for amendments.

17.80.060    Planning commission actions.

17.80.070    City council actions.

17.80.080    Coordination of plan amendments.

17.80.010 Title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the “general plan amendment regulations of the city.” (Prior code § 9600)

17.80.020 Amendments to be made in manner provided in this chapter.

The general plan or any part or element thereof shall be amended in the manner provided in this chapter. (Prior code § 9601)

17.80.030 Purpose.

It is the purpose of this chapter to provide for the orderly processing of general plan amendments in a manner consistent with the overall goals of the community’s planning program and the requirements of the California law. In particular, this chapter is intended to:

A. Assure that the general plan is amended for good reason and with due consideration of community-wide interests;

B. Help achieve and maintain internal consistency of general plan elements and conformance between the plan and implementing techniques, such as zoning; and

C. Establish rights and assign responsibilities for the persons and agencies involved in general plan administration so each can perform fairly and effectively. (Prior code § 9602)

17.80.040 Initiation of amendments—Applications.

A. Initiation of Amendment by the City Council. The city council may initiate general plan amendments at any time by directing staff to prepare the necessary analysis and scheduling the proposed amendment for consideration at a hearing, as provided in Section 17.80.050.

B. Applications to Initiate Amendments. Any person may request an amendment of the general plan by filing an application with the department of community development. Such application shall include:

1. A description of the proposed amendment, including, as may be necessary, additions or modifications to the text and graphics of adopted general plan elements or reports;

2. A statement explaining how the proposed change will better reflect community desires as expressed in general plan goals and policies;

3. If the amendment involves change of a basic goal or policy, why the change is warranted by new information or reevaluation of community needs;

4. An analysis of how the proposed change will beneficially and detrimentally affect adjacent areas or shared resources. This analysis may take the form of a draft environmental impact report;

5. A description of how the amendment of one policy may reinforce or conflict with related policies, including those in other elements;

6. Such other supporting data as the director may require to enable evaluation of the proposal;

7. A fee sufficient to cover the expected costs incurred in processing the application, to be established by resolution of the council. (Ord. 1591 § 27, 2013; Ord. 1346 § 2 (part), 1999; Ord. 1108 § 1 Ex. A (part), 1987: prior code § 9603)

17.80.050 Schedule for amendments.

Any element of the general plan may be amended not more than four times each year. Each amendment may include more than one change to the general plan. Such amendments may be scheduled at any time deemed necessary or convenient. The planning commission may review individual amendments as often as necessary, but the city council must consider them in no more than four batches per year, so that cumulative effects of such amendments can be considered. (Ord. 1346 § 2 (part), 1999: Ord. 1108 § 1 Ex. A (part), 1987: prior code § 9604)

17.80.060 Planning commission actions.

A. Public Hearings—Notice. The planning commission shall hold at least one public hearing before taking action on any general plan amendment. Notice of the date, time and place of the hearing shall be given at least ten calendar days before the hearing by publication of the notice, describing the nature of the proposed amendment(s), in a newspaper of general circulation within the city.

B. Resolution. The approval of the planning commission of any amendment to the general plan shall be by resolution of the commission adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than a majority of its total voting members.

C. Transmittal to Council. Upon approval by the planning commission of any general plan amendment or denial of a city council initiated amendment, it shall be transmitted to the council with the planning commission’s report and recommendation.

D. Appeals. Any denial by the planning commission may be appealed to the city council.

E. Other Situations. When neither a majority of the commission recommends approval nor a majority of a quorum recommends denial, the planning commission may transmit the amendment to the council with a report explaining the situation and stating the recommendations of the individual commissioners. (Ord. 1108 § 1 Ex. A (part), 1987: prior code § 9605)

17.80.070 City council actions.

A. Public Hearings—Notice. Upon transmittal from the planning commission or upon appeal from the applicant, the council shall hold at least one public hearing on proposed general plan amendments. Notice of the time, place and subject of the hearing shall be given as provided in Section 17.80.060(A).

B. Resolution. Any amendment of the general plan shall be adopted by resolution of the council adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than three of its members.

C. Referral of Council Changes. In adopting any general plan amendment which has been approved by the planning commission, the council shall not make any substantive changes or additions involving issues not considered by the planning commission in their review, until the proposed change or addition has been referred to the planning commission for a report and the report has been filed with the council. Failure of the planning commission to report within forty calendar days after the referral, or such longer period as may be designated by the council, shall be deemed to be approval of the change or addition. (Ord. 1108 § 1 Ex. A (part), 1987: prior code § 9606)

17.80.080 Coordination of plan amendments.

Changes in policy or land use designations which involve more than one element shall be made as concurrent amendments to the related elements in order to maintain internal plan consistency. (Ord. 1108 § 1 Ex. A (part), 1987)