GENERAL PLAN UPDATE
Love Ceres? Have ideas about its future?
Here’s your chance to get involved!
Ceres is updating its 20-year General Plan to set a vision and create policies for the future of the city. This website explains what’s entailed in the General Plan update, including the purpose and timeline, updates during the process, helpful resources, and how you can get involved. Please explore this website, check back to get updates, and get involved with the future of Ceres.
When's the next opportunity to get involved?
Check back for information about a community workshop this winter to learn about, discuss, and give feedback on the three alternative land use and transportation planning scenarios. Please remember we always welcome your comments or feedback through our Contact Us page.
Welcome to the City of Ceres General Plan update website!
The General Plan update will address the City of Ceres and the area immediately surrounding the city limits. More specifically, the Planning Area is roughly bounded by the Tuolumne River on the north, Carpenter Road on the west, Grayson Road on the south, and Washington Road on the east.
The Ceres General Plan update is anticipated to be completed by late 2017 and consists of eight main tasks. Here is the project status for each task:
1. Project Initiation
This phase includes clarifying the project objectives and schedule.
2. Issue Identification and Visioning
At this phase, we begin the outreach process with stakeholder interviews, a City-wide newsletter, a mail-in survey, and a community workshop to better understand the community’s key issues, priorities, and goals.
3. Existing Conditions, Opportunities, and Challenges
This phase consists of technical research into land use, socioeconomic trends, environmental constraints, infrastructure and other topics in and near Ceres that will inform the General Plan update.
4. Alternatives and Evaluation
We’ll develop up to three alternative scenarios for future development to be evaluated by you, others in the community, the Planning Commission, and City Council. We’ll have another community workshop during this phase, and you can always submit feedback on-line.
5. Preferred Plan and Policy Framework
Based on feedback from the three alternative scenarios, we’ll draft a “Preferred Plan” with land use and circulation and begin to identify policy initiatives to implement it. We’ll host a third community workshop to explain and receive feedback on the Preferred Plan.
6. Draft General Plan
Based on feedback, we’ll flesh out the Preferred Plan into a full General Plan with all of the required components, including a Land Use and Community Design Element, a Transportation Element, and more.
7. Draft Environmental Impact Report
The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will fully assess and make public the environmental impacts of the General Plan.
8. Community Review and Adoption
You and your fellow community members will have time to review the General Plan and its Environmental Impact Report, and Planning Commission and City Council members will consider adoption of the new plan in a series of hearings.
What's the latest?
Based on findings from initial community outreach, the City Council approved a Vision and set of Guiding Principles for the General Plan. Read the Vision and Guiding Principles here.
We are currently working on developing three alternative land use and transportation planning scenarios to inform the development of the Draft General Plan. The Planning Commission will review the alternative scenarios in fall 2016.