A Look Ahead at the General Plan Advisory Committee Meeting on May 24

Preview of discussion items at next week's General Plan Advisory Committe ("GPAC") meeting

Hello friends. I wanted to share some insight into Thursday's General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) meeting as part of the . 

The focus next week is on 3 core items (see attached agenda).

  1. : Discussion on whether to advise / direct the Community Vitality Working Group to create a sub-group dedicated to the arts, as mentioned at our last meeting and requested by many members of the Community. The Community Vitality Working Group cannot do so without the Advisory Committee's direction.
  2. GPAC-led discussion on community values. The goal here is NOT to wordsmith / finalize what language will be embodied in the final draft General Plan that goes to the Planning Commission for hearings next winter, but rather to provide broad direction now to the GPAC and working groups that those in the 1989 General Plan as enhanced by the City Council's implementing guidelines are directionally correct.  
  3. GPAC-led discussion on Priority Topics for the orking groups. It is on this part that folks should understand the framework of the 1989 General Plan - and how it creates "goals, policies & programs" for various topics. That framework forms the basis for the direction to the WGs next week. We want to be sure we have captured the right priority topics, so that for each the respective working groups we can:
  • Gather input
  • Develop goals, policies and programs for each
  • Recommend these to the GPAC

Of course, public comment, which can include workimg group members, will be provided on all 3 topics.  

Thank you all.


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Danny Slomoff May 22, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Do u want MV Civic Leaders to keep overlooking the fact that the arts is the single biggest financial contributor directly and indirectly to the MC bus community. Do u want MV Civic Leaders to continue to ignore that Culture crystallizes our schools elementary through highschool our performance venues,why we're number 4 in some people's minds. Culture should not be a subgroup but a key principle. A key value, a key objective. Our civic Leaders following a value system from 1989 keep wanting to just do the same thing. Our civic leaders are not showing leadership and imagination but showing aptitude for getting agreement. Weneed more from our Civic Leaders . Other cities civic Leaders show imagination and where it's meaningful have fully capitalized creativity and this Primary principle of Culture and the Arts infuses their decisions and financial decisions. I want culture and Arts front and center not buried in a subcommittee.
andrew berman May 23, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I think maybe you have misinterpreted the process - but then again, this is an imperfect way to discuss that point. In any event, arts & culture are very important to me. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Andy


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