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General Plan Amendment & Master EIR

On March 25, 2014, the City Council finalized the proposed changes to the Modesto Urban Area General Plan Land Use diagram.  The map on the left, below, is the current adopted General Plan Land Use diagram.  The map on the right, labeled "Proposed Land Use Diagram," reflects the City Council actions of 1/28/14 and 3/25/14.  The proposed land use diagram is intended to establish the project description for purposes of the required environmental studies for the General Plan Amendment.

Existing Land Use Diagram                    Proposed Land Use Diagram
            Existing Land Use Diagram                                  Proposed Land Use Diagram

Master EIR:

The Master Environmental Impact Report (MEIR) will analyze the potential physical effects to the environment that may occur as a result of the proposed project.  The Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the MEIR was distributed in late April, and the NOP comment period closed on Friday, May 30, 2014.  A scoping meeting was held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  All the comments received in response to the NOP, including those presented orally on May 21, are posted here.

Project Description:

Modesto’s General Plan amendment (GPA) project will modernize the General Plan goal and policy framework, and will result in a revised land use designation program intended to facilitate enhanced economic development. Regarding the Circulation Element, the GPA will identify priority locations and infrastructure projects, and establish stronger links to funding policies, programs and sources. Transportation corridors are a primary focus of the project, in terms of enhanced economic development potential, including mixed-use development, improved travel mode choice options and safety.

Documents and Resources:

    - Adopted General Plan
    - PowerPoint Presentation 3/18/13
    - Public Workshop Comments and Responses 3/18/13
    - Public Workshop Comments and Responses 3/21/13
    - PowerPoint Presentation 4/15/13
    - Public Workshop Comments and Responses 4/15/13
    - PowerPoint Presentation 6/3/13
    - Public Workshop Comments and Responses 6/3/13
    - PowerPoint Presentation 7/15/13
    - Public Workshop Comments and Responses 7/15/13
    - Planning Commission Workshop Packet 8/19/13
    - PowerPoint Presentation 8/19/13
    - Public Workshop Comments and Responses 8/19/13
    - Planning Commission Workshop Packet 9/16/13
    - PowerPoint Presentation 9/16/13
    - Public Workshop Comments and Responses 9/16/13
    - PowerPoint Presentation 12/3/13
    - City Council Meeting Comments and Responses 12/3/13
    - PowerPoint Presentation 1/7/14
    - PowerPoint Presentation 1/28//14
    - PowerPoint Presentation 3/25/14

Project Contacts:

Brad Wall, AICP, Principal Planner ( (209) 577-5273
Patrick Kelly, AICP, Planning Manager (