Calabasas 2030 General Plan, Development Code Update, and EIR
Rincon completed the 2030 General Plan Update and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the City of Calabasas. The 2030 General Plan update program was designed to build upon the vision and community values that have made Calabasas a special place to live, work, and visit and to address new issues that had emerged since the development of the previous long range planning program. Key issues in the environmentally-conscious community revolved around the preservation of open space, development of new recreational opportunities, and incorporation of sustainability and green building concepts. GIS and graphics design capabilities were a very important component of the work program for this study as the environmental consultant needed to use, update, and create new layers within the City’s existing GIS database. The database was used to identify constraints and opportunity areas, specifically identifying the opportunity to re-focus future development potential into newly created mixed use districts along the City’s main commercial corridors.
Rincon developed a four phase work program to complete the General Plan update:
- Phase 1 - Public Outreach – Assessment and Land Use Alternative Development,
- Phase 2 – General Plan Policy and Element Development,
- Phase 3 – General Plan Update Completion, and
- Phase 4 – Land Use Development Code Preparation.
Rincon’s responsibility for this General Plan Update was overall management, public outreach, and development of the updated General Plan Elements, including Land Use (with RRM Design Group), Conservation, Open Space, Noise, Safety, Parks and Recreation, Cultural Resources, and Communication, Technology, and Infrastructure.
The comprehensive General Plan update and its associated EIR were completed (Phases 1-3) and adopted in less than two years and at 3% less than the City Council authorized expenditures. The accompanying Development Code update was completed in 2010. In 2010, Rincon’s work on the project was recognized by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) as the report received the Compass Blueprint Achievement for Visionary Planning for Sustainability.
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