On March 15, 2016, the City Council adopted a General Plan Amendment Prioritization Policy, which created an initial screening process for General Plan Amendment requests.
Projects requiring a General Plan Amendment that would authorize land use map changes to allow additional market rate residential development, including mixed-use and mixed-income developments are subject to this policy. Applications that propose 100% affordable housing or propose a change between non-residential land use designations (e.g., industrial to commercial) are exempt from this policy. The City will consider applications twice each year. All applications received by July 1st of each year will be forwarded to the Planning Commission for their recommendations during August and in turn, to the City Council for final prioritization or disinterest in September. All applications received by December 1st of each year will be forwarded to the Planning Commission for their recommendations during January and in turn, to the City Council for final prioritization or disinterest in February.
The overall process is intended to screen and/or prioritize applications for review and identify applications the City Council has no interest in pursuing. A grant of prioritization by the City Council in no way implies project approval; it merely authorizes formal processing of applications deemed worthy of consideration or further exploration. Should a larger number of applications be received, the City Council may also prioritize the order in which staff will review them. Subsequent approval of a prioritized project is not implied by this process.