The Vallejo City Council has approved a list of guiding principles meant to shape the next general plan, the city’s most important planning document.
The 19 guiding principles unanimously approved Tuesday night reflect economic, environmental and public health and safety goals intended to define the kind of community Vallejoans want and lay out the framework for the plan’s more specific goals, policies and actions.
“The purpose of the guiding principles is to provide a foundation for the policies that are to come,” Vallejo Planning Manager Andrea Ouse told the council. “These principles are meant to be a seed to inform more specific community values.”
For example, one guiding principle states, “Vallejo is a safe place for everyone. Residents and businesses in every neighborhood collaborate with each other and with responsive law enforcement to promote personal safety.”
Others focussed on Vallejo’s sense of place, including its iconic waterfront and downtown.
The principles were divided into four categories: Community and people; nature and the built environment; economy, education and training; and mobility, transportation and connectivity. Each category could become a chapter of the plan, containing more specific goals, policies and actions.
The list was developed through a series of public workshops. The city’s general plan working group, which consists of 15 citizens appointed by the council and various city commissions, reviewed the list in April.
Over the next year, city consultants will develop specific draft goals, policies and actions that will be vetted by the working group, reviewed by public and presented to the council for adoption.
The city’s general plan was adopted in 1982 and last amended in 1999.
Contact Tony Burchyns at 707-553-6831.