What is a General Plan?
Every city and county in California must create a General Plan to guide its future development. A General Plan is a long-range policy document that expresses a city’s development goals, policies, and objectives relative to the distribution of future land uses, both public and private, as well as a number of other topics. (Learn More)
Purpose of the Website
The purpose of the website is to inform our residents about the General Plan which contains the city’s policies on land use, opens space, community services, neighborhood vitality, transportation, growth issues and most importantly health.
It serves our residents the opportunity to view our maps, diagrams, tables, and text setting out community conditions, principles, goals, objectives, and strategies to improve the City of Coachella.
Coachella Plans for Health
Coachella’s General Plan Community Health and Wellness Element and other City healthy initiative in the news “Coachella Plans for Health” on HealthyCal.org, Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
This summer, Coachella stands to become the first city in the Coachella Valley to adopt a new General Plan that has been re-written with health issues in mind. It’s a preventative approach primarily designed to encourage more physical activity. That translates into more parks, sidewalks, hiking trails and bike lanes that are well-lit and safe. But the city is also trying novel approaches to bring in more medical facilities and attract more employers in general, so families can afford to take some leisure time and get some fresh air. With the help of the California Endowment the City of Coachella will develop a health element in the General Plan that will be implemented s the city expands to bring down the high rates of obesity and chronic disease like diabetes.
The City Council recognized that people won’t get out and be active if they don’t feel safe, they used almost $6 million in redevelopment funds to renovate the downtown area, adding sidewalks and lighting. Almost immediately people began taking their families for a stroll in the evenings. A farmer’s market has popped up and is slowly attracting customers. The city also provides office space for the Latino Commission, which provides mental health counseling and drug rehabilitation programs at low cost and sometimes even no cost.
Mayor Garcia plans to measure the city’s progress. The city will use baseline data from the most recent CHIS Survey and from the data collected by the Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC). HARC does an extensive health report card every three years, so the city will be able to chart resident’s health with regard to obesity, chronic disease, exercise, smoking and access to medical care. (Full Article)
WELLNESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
The seventh, and last meeting of the Coachella Wellness Advisory Committee was held on Thursday, March 14. A Public Draft of the Comprehensive General Plan Update is expected to be released in early to mid April and will be posted on this website. The powerpoint presentation and meeting minutes for the Wellness Advisory Committee meeting #7 are available.
A public scoping meeting was held on Thursday, March 14, 2013 to advise and solicit comments and suggestions regarding the preparation of the EIR, environmental issues to be addressed in the EIR, and any related issues for the Coachella Comprehensive General Plan Update. Comments will be received by the Development Services Department, if you have any questions please contact Luis Lopez, Development Services Director, at
(760) 398-3102 for further information. (Notice of Preparation for the EIR). (Initial Study).
REUNION DE ALCANCE
Una reunión de alcance publico se llevo a cabo el Jueves 14 de Marzo de 2013 para asesorar y solicitar comentarios y sugerencias con respecto a la preparación del Informe de Impacto Ambiental (EIR), las cuestiones medioambientales que deben abordarse en el EIR y cualquier otro problema relacionado para la Actualización del Plan General Integral de Coachella. Comentarios seran recibidos por el Departamento de Servicios de Desarollo, por favor póngase en contacto con Luis Lopez, Director de Servicios de Desarrollo, al (760) 398-3102 para mayor información. (Notificación de Preparación del Informe de Impacto Ambiental). (Estudio Inicial).
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