GPAC Quick Hits

Welcome to the GPAC Quick Hits Newsletter!

This newsletter is intended to provide the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) periodic updates on the General Plan Update process, upcoming meetings, and activities. It is also a way for GPAC Members and Planning Staff to share articles and ideas on topics of interest and trends related to community planning.

* Shared articles are for informational purposes only and do not constitute City of Napa or GPAC endorsement of any particular topic.

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GPAC Meeting Postponed!

Planning Staff has received an early draft of the proposed Land Use Plan and is currently vetting the plan with key City Staff. Unfortunately, this will not be ready to be presented at our planned meeting on January 27.

Staff will be in contact with the GPAC regarding preferences for the next meeting - one that will encompass review of the Land Use Plan as well as the Urban Design components for the Focus & Opportunity Areas. This meeting will likely be longer than our normal meetings, but will be a much more robust agenda.

Look for an email from staff with potential date, time, and day of the week preferences soon!

GPAC Member Content

GPAC Member Patrick Band shares this column from the Congress for New Urbanism regarding "cottage courts" housing.

Testing New Ideas With Cottage Courts
This missing middle housing type is a highly adaptable tool for developers and  builders in many locations.

GPAC Member Danielle Barreca shares this column about Toyota's plans to build a prototype "City of the Future" at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan!

Toyota to Build Prototype City of the Future in Japan

GPAC Chair Chuck Shinnamon shares this from San Luis Obispo and their "Net Zero" goals.

SLO Lays Out Long-Term Path to Get 70 Percent of the Way to its Net-Zero Goal

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General Plan Update - Behind The Scenes

Draft Land Use Plan

Planning Staff is currently reviewing the draft Land Use Plan with key City Staff. Initial comments will be provided to the Consultant Team next week. This is a major milestone in the General Plan Update and we are committed to getting this to the public in a timely manner - after thoughtful and thorough review.

Detailed Project Schedule

The Consultant Team has also provided Planning Staff with a detailed project schedule that identifies key project deliverables, staff review times, and meeting dates. Once this schedule is finalized, we will be able to establish upcoming GPAC meeting dates through 2020.

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