Comprehensive Plan Update 2019


The City is in the process of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment docket, the process through which potential amendments to the comprehensive plan are vetted.

Comprehensive plan amendments may be considered by the City Council no more frequently than once every calendar year, and proposed amendments are “docketed”—that is compiled and reviewed together, ensuring that the amendments are consistent with one another.

Read summaries of the four amendments proposed in 2019 below, or download the full text amendment here.


The City is in the process of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment docket, the process through which potential amendments to the comprehensive plan are vetted.

Comprehensive plan amendments may be considered by the City Council no more frequently than once every calendar year, and proposed amendments are “docketed”—that is compiled and reviewed together, ensuring that the amendments are consistent with one another.

Read summaries of the four amendments proposed in 2019 below, or download the full text amendment here.

  • Amendment #1: Remove a subarea map from the comprehensive plan

    about 1 month ago
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    The Land Use Element of the city’s comprehensive plan currently contains a subarea map (Figure TC-1) that establishes subareas and height limits with the Town Center zone. Comprehensive plans are meant to be policy documents--that is, they describe the general direction of how the City will grow, rather than set standards for construction like height or number of allowed stories.

    The subarea map shows a level of detail that is too specific for a comprehensive plan, and an identical map is located the Town Center chapter of the City code. Therefore, the map in the comprehensive plan is proposed to...

    The Land Use Element of the city’s comprehensive plan currently contains a subarea map (Figure TC-1) that establishes subareas and height limits with the Town Center zone. Comprehensive plans are meant to be policy documents--that is, they describe the general direction of how the City will grow, rather than set standards for construction like height or number of allowed stories.

    The subarea map shows a level of detail that is too specific for a comprehensive plan, and an identical map is located the Town Center chapter of the City code. Therefore, the map in the comprehensive plan is proposed to be removed.


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  • Amendment #2: Add policies promoting greenhouse gas emission reduction and climate change mitigation

    about 1 month ago
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    The Planning Commission requested inclusion of policy language in the comprehensive plan pertaining to climate change. There are multiple elements in the comprehensive plan that could be updated to support the prevention or mitigation of the impacts of climate change. For example, the Transportation element is proposed to be updated to include policies to reduce barriers to non-motorized transportation use, improve the connectivity of non-motorized transportation systems, and to provide facilities appropriate for the different types of users. The Land Use element is proposed to be updated to promote buildings, energy sources and land use patterns that produce fewer greenhouse...

    The Planning Commission requested inclusion of policy language in the comprehensive plan pertaining to climate change. There are multiple elements in the comprehensive plan that could be updated to support the prevention or mitigation of the impacts of climate change. For example, the Transportation element is proposed to be updated to include policies to reduce barriers to non-motorized transportation use, improve the connectivity of non-motorized transportation systems, and to provide facilities appropriate for the different types of users. The Land Use element is proposed to be updated to promote buildings, energy sources and land use patterns that produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Amendment #3: Promoting economic development

    about 1 month ago
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    This proposed amendment adds to existing comprehensive plan policies promoting economic development, refining the policy direction that is currently largely implemented through the Town Center regulations and various City programs. Further implementing actions may include additional outreach to business owners and engagement around economic development in the Town Center.

    This proposed amendment adds to existing comprehensive plan policies promoting economic development, refining the policy direction that is currently largely implemented through the Town Center regulations and various City programs. Further implementing actions may include additional outreach to business owners and engagement around economic development in the Town Center.

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  • Amendment #4: Add policies promoting multimodal levels of service

    about 1 month ago
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    Level of Service (LOS) is a concept used to measure the experience of a traveler within a transportation system in order to assess where improvements to a transportation system are needed to create a well-functioning network. The City currently has adopted LOS standards for vehicles in the Transportation Element of the comprehensive plan. Metrics used to determine level of service include the number of seconds a vehicle must wait at a given traffic light, relative degree of congestion on a segment of street, or Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) for a cyclist. Establishing LOS for additional transportation modes beyond vehicles...

    Level of Service (LOS) is a concept used to measure the experience of a traveler within a transportation system in order to assess where improvements to a transportation system are needed to create a well-functioning network. The City currently has adopted LOS standards for vehicles in the Transportation Element of the comprehensive plan. Metrics used to determine level of service include the number of seconds a vehicle must wait at a given traffic light, relative degree of congestion on a segment of street, or Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) for a cyclist. Establishing LOS for additional transportation modes beyond vehicles will allow the city to better able understand where improvements are needed in order to cultivate a usable multimodal transportation system, and what kind of improvements are needed.

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