Update Phases

This General Plan represents a multiyear effort on the part of the county Community Development Services Department in collaboration with the Humboldt County community at large, the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and various county departments.

Throughout all of the steps listed below, Planning Staff have been operating under the direction of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, with the guidance of the Humboldt County Planning Commission and within the parameters of the General Plan Update laws of the State of California.

In this process, planners make recommendations and the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors make decisions. Public participation opportunities are provided at each stage, because public input provides the basis for Planner's recommendations and the decisions of the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

Six-Phases Process
The plan was developed through the use of the following 6-phase process:
  • Phase I - Critical Choices
  • Phase II - Technical Background Reports
  • Phase III - Selection of Preferred Sketch Plan
  • Phase IV - Draft Preliminary Plan and Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
  • Phases V and VI - Public Review and Adoption of Final Plan and EIR
Phase I - Critical Choices
In this phase, the citizens of Humboldt expressed their views of the future of the county and the issues that should be addressed in the General Plan. Outreach was conducted through 40 public meetings and numerous discussions with organization and agency representatives. This phase resulted in the Critical Choices Report.

Phase II - Technical Background Reports
This was a data collection and analysis phase to develop a deeper understanding of the issues and trends that were identified in the Critical Choices Phase. Fourteen studies were published to inform citizens and decision makers.

Phase III - Selection of Preferred Sketch Plan
After comprehensive public input and review of a report entitled Sketch Plan Alternatives, the Board of Supervisors chose Sketch Plan "B" from among 4 growth and development pattern alternatives.

Phase IV - Draft Preliminary Plan & EIR
In this phase, the preferred alternative was used as a guide for writing preliminary drafts of each chapter of the General Plan Update. The preliminary chapters were prepared and presented to the Planning Commission for review and public comment. This round of input will guide the preparation of the consolidated final Hearing Draft Plan and draft EIR.

Phases V & VI - Public Review & Adoption of Final Plan & EIR
During this phase, the Planning Commission will hold public hearings and develop Planning Commission recommendations for the preferred General Plan and EIR alternative. The Planning Commission preferred alternative will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for a final round of public input, modification, and decision making. The final General Plan and EIR will then be adopted by the Board of Supervisors.