At its November 6, 2014 meeting, the City Council unanimously adopted a new Environmental Justice Element. The Environmental Justice (EJ) Element is now part of the City's General Plan and is in effect. To review the new EJ Element, click here. The EJ Element contains objectives and policies regarding how disadvantaged and minority populations can have a meaningful say in conditions and decisions that affect the healthfulness of their environment. It also contains policies to ensure land use decisions do not pose environmental risks to these populations, and calls for City plans and public rights-of-way to include facilities for walking, biking, and other forms of active transportation. Furthermore, the EJ Element addresses safe and affordable housing to ensure all residents are protected from environmental hazards where they live. For more information, contact General Plan Program Manager, Mary P. Wright at email@example.com.
Following the appointment of a General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) and a series of eight public workshops on community planning issues and needs, the City Council has begun the preparation of the City’s first “Interim” General Plan. The City has held two joint meetings of the City Council and the Planning Commission to identify priorities, issues and opportunities to be addressed in the Interim General Plan process, and GPAC has held four public meetings and a bus tour of the City to help identify community values, assets, issues and needs. GPAC recently took a major step by endorsing a Draft Community Values Statement which describes fundamental goals and desires of Jurupa Valley residents. To see the Draft Values Statement, click here. The draft will now go to the Planning Commission and City Council for further review and possible adoption. GPAC’s continuing work involves monthly discussions of important planning assets, issues and needs involving Land Use, Open Space, Conservation, Circulation, Safety, Noise, Air Quality, Healthy Communities, Economic Development and Housing.
City staff has begun reviewing existing General Plan policies which were prepared by the County of Riverside and adopted by the City upon incorporation in 2011. The City wants to identify existing policies which align with the City’s vision for its future. It has begun identifying policies that are to be retained in the new General Plan, policies which should be updated, and policies that are no longer needed. A Request for Proposals for Technical Services has been sent to consultants and consulting firms to assist the City with preparation of traffic, noise, air quality, housing and environmental documents required for a General Plan. The Planning Commission is expected to begin reviewing GPAC recommendations and discussing possible General Plan policies by July 2015. For more information on the General Plan, contact Project Manager Mary Wright at 949.489.1442, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.