Youth United for Community Action (YUCA), a youth-led community organization based in East Palo Alto, led a bicycle tour to educate community members on the city’s upcoming General Plan update last Saturday. The tour was part of YUCA’s BE-EPA Campaign (Built Environment East Palo Alto), which aims to improve the community’s health and safety through responsible and sustainable land use development.
The bicycle tour included 6 stops at key locations around the city relevant to the various chapters, called “elements”, that will be included in the update of the General Plan, including Land Use, Open Space, Housing, Safety, Economic Development, and Circulation.
About 25 residents attended the bicycle tour, including Mayor Laura Martinez, Planning Manager Brent Butler, Planning Commissioner Melvin Gaines, and City Council candidate Larry Moody.
East Palo Alto’s General Plan, which serves as the city’s visionary blueprint to guide future development, dates from 1999. The only element of the city’s General Plan that has been updated since then is the Housing Element (adopted 2010). The city was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the California Strategic Growth Council in May 2012 to update its General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, and contracted a consulting team led by Raimi + Associates $1,150,000 to conduct the update on September 4, 2012.