This update will be accomplished in steps. The community is involved each step of the way. The main steps and desired outcomes are:
Step 1: Start-Up
During this step, the community is informed about the overall update process. Comments are being sought from individuals, organizations, communities and agencies. For example: a series of regional meetings were held in September, with follow up critical choices workshops held in November.
Step 2: Identifying Issues & Alternatives
Here the issues identified at start-up are analyzed and alternative policy solutions are developed. The background studies are used to identify constraints and opportunities. Alternative plan policies will be proposed.
Step 3: Selecting a Preferred Alternative
Workshops will be held to compare alternative plan policies. Community groups and individuals can focus on issues and present their findings and preferences to others in an open forum. The Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will be involved and be able to gauge public opinion before decisions are made.
Step 4: Preparing General Plan Draft & Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
A draft plan will include preferred goals, policies, and implementation measures. A draft EIR will be prepared at the same time to evaluate the environmental affects of implementing the draft plan. The draft plan will include:
Step 5: Conducting Public Review & Adopting the Plan
Once drafts of the general plan and EIR are prepared, they will be distributed for community review and then be scheduled for public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.
Step 6: Preparing the Unified Development Code & Implementing Other Ordinances
Implementation of the Humboldt 21st Century Plan will require amendments to current zoning and other land use regulations (for example: subdivision ordinances). A Unified Development Code will be prepared, with consolidated Coastal and Inland Regulations.