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Public Hearing on General Plan Update to be held Sept. 8

The City Council will consider the following:   

·         Certification of the Final Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (SCH#2010041078): The EIR analyzes the impacts to the environment that would occur in the General Plan and Climate Action Plan upon adoption and implementation.  The Program EIR will serve as the baseline environmental document from which all future California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis will "tier" from  for both City-sponsored and private development projects.
·         Adoption of the Visalia General Plan: An update of the City's existing General Plan (excluding the Housing Element).  The General Plan is composed of goals, policies, a land use diagram, and other graphic figures and maps (e.g. open space systems, a transportation network, and public facilities) to guide future development within the City’s boundaries, through the year 2030.
·         Adoption of the Climate Action Plan (CAP): A document that assists with developing and enhancing actions designed to reduce Visalia’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The CAP develops a comprehensive municipal and community strategy for addressing GHG emission reduction goals.

The City of Visalia is the project proponent.  The project site is constituted by the Visalia City limits and unincorporated areas which extend up to four miles beyond the current Visalia City limits.  The General Plan Update’s Planning Area and Climate Action Plan’s applicability is generally bound to the north by Avenue 328, to the west by Road 68, to the south by Avenues 260 and 264, and to the east by Road 156.  The entirety of the project is within the County of Tulare, State of California.

As Lead Agency, the City of Visalia Community Development Department, Planning Division completed an Environmental Impact Report (SCH#2010041078) and a Statement of Overriding Considerations for adoption with the Visalia General Plan Update and Climate Action Plan project, consistent with CEQA. Significant and unavoidable impacts have been identified in the EIR for the following areas: Transportation; Air Quality; Agriculture; Noise; and Hydrology and Flooding.

All project documents, including the Final Program Environmental Impact Report, may be viewed at the Community Development Department, 315 East Acequia Avenue, Visalia, California 93291, between 8:00am and 5:00pm (except Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays). The documents are also available at the Visalia Branch of the Tulare County Library, 200 West Oak Avenue, Visalia, California, 93291, and at City Hall, 707 W. Acequia Avenue, Visalia, California 93291. All documents are available in electronic format at the Visalia General Plan Update webpage at the following link: 

If you have any questions concerning the General Plan Update or adoption hearing process, please contact Brandon Smith at (559) 713-4636 or by email at

You are welcome to attend this meeting to express your views on these requests.  If you want more information regarding these requests, please call the Visalia City Planning Department at (559) 713-4359 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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