LAND USE AND PLANNING

The League of Women Voters of the Eden Area supports positive planning policies to achieve a livable and harmonious physical environment for a diverse population with a healthy balance of residential, commercial, industrial, public uses and open space; a variety of densities and housing types; and the necessary services and amenities for all residents.
Position In Brief: 

The League of Women Voters oft he Eden Area supports positive planning policies to achieve a livable and harmonious physical environment for a diverse population with a healthy balance of residential, commercial, industrial, public uses and open space;a variety of densities and housing types;and the necessarys ervices and amenities for all residents.

 

The League of Women Voters of the Eden Area supports measures which ensure protection for parks, open space, agricultural land, and baylands with emphasis on comprehensive regional land use planning, control of urban sprawl, transportation and increased inclusive public participation and review in land use decisions.

Position History: 

Adopted by the Hayward League in1967, then by consensus LWVEA in 1990 and updated in 1997.

LAND USE AND PLANNING

The League of Women Voters of the Eden Area supports positive planning policies to achieve a livable and harmonious physical environment for a diverse population with a healthy balance of residential, commercial, industrial, public uses and open space; a variety of densities and housing types; and the necessary services and amenities for all residents.

The League ofWomen Voters of the Eden Area supports measures which ensure protection for parks, open space, agricultural land, and baylands with emphasis on comprehensive regional land use planning, control of urban sprawl, transportation and increased inclusive public participation and review in land use decisions.

Policies to promote:

A.   General and Master Plans:support the concept of the General Plan as a guide to long-range planning.

B.  General and Master Plans that are comprehensive, flexible, and innovative, and require adequate public discussion to change designations and more extensive notification procedures prior to hearings and appeals on rezoning, variances, and conditional use.

C.  Specific planning for urban growth (infilling) rather than continued urban sprawl; choices should include single-family dwellings, multi-family dwellings, which include affordable housing; density compatible with surrounding community, with quality and inclusion of an adequate transportation plan for such developments.

D.  California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines should be followed in recommendations for mitigation and identification of the comprehensive and realistic environmental impacts of a project.  Support the LWV BayArea policy.

E.   Zoning: Support a planning approach to zoning which conforms to the General Plan.

1.     Strengthening requirements for naturally developed open space.

2.    Greater compliance by Planned Unit Development (PUD) to the presented precise plans.

When a PUD is approved by a city or county planning commission/council, the Board of Supervisors should allow only minor modifications.  Major modifications to a PUD should require a public hearing and input.

F.   Adequate funding should be provided to cities and counties for general and specific plan development.

G.   Planning Commissions should represent the entire community, have standards and procedures for appointment, and do long-range planning and study, including capital improvement projects which relate to the General Plan.

H.   Provision for structured resident participation in the process of land use planning in addition to tha tprovided by the city commissions and county.

I.     Rationalization of city boundaries by annexation or de-annexation of properties outside of influence.

J.   Community concurrence with the decisions made by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) of city boundary annexation or de-annexation of properties of adjacent spheres of influence.

League to which this content belongs: 
The Eden Area