Folsom is updating its General Plan, the long-range planning document that provides a framework for future development. Local citizens will have a number of opportunities to provide input to the document throughout the two-year planning process.
State law requires that every California city and county have a General Plan. Folsom’s last General Plan update was completed in 1988. It mapped out land use for the entire City and guided development over the past 25 years.
“Since 1988, Folsom has evolved from a small town into a vibrant mid-sized community with wonderful neighborhoods and schools, extensive recreational opportunities, a strong base of employers, and exciting shopping, dining and entertainment options,” says City Manager Evert Palmer. “Our updated General Plan will build on our successes and help us move forward with improvements that will promote sustainable development patterns.”
Folsom’s General Plan 2035 will address the challenges of balancing growth in the plan area south of Highway 50, as well as ways to preserve distinctive neighborhood characteristics and to foster complementary and innovative infill and redevelopment opportunities over the next two decades.
In addition, the updated General Plan will tackle new State mandates and current topics that were not part of the 1988 General Plan, including greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and flood safety planning.
“We encourage citizens to stay informed and get involved in the process by visiting the project website, signing up for the email list to receive updates, and attend community workshops,” says Folsom’s Planning Manager Scott Johnson.
He noted that another easy way to be involved is to join the online discussion at the Folsom 2035 Town Hall Forum.
“This new community engagement website allows citizens to contribute to the General Plan conversation anytime, by sharing ideas, participating in instant polls and surveys, and even submitting links, maps, photos and videos that support your ideas for Folsom’s future direction.”
Visit the project website at www.Folsom2035.com and the Town Hall Forum at http://Townhall.Folsom2035.com.
The City will host community workshops at key points in the update process. Workshops will be participatory with presentations, small group discussions, and thought-provoking, hands-on exercises. Dates and times will be posted at www.Folsom2035.com, as well as on the City’s website, www.folsom.ca.us.