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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General Plan Update At-A-Glance

General Plan Workshop in July! 

Planning Staff is working on a GPAC Workshop to discuss General Plans - Past & Present. The focus of the Workshop will be to review the City's current General Plan and take a look at some recent examples of new General Plans in California to help get the creative juices flowing for what we want our Napa 2040 General Plan to look like!

Seeking input on preferred dates - July 15 or July 22, both 5:30PM - 7:30PM. Take the Doodle Poll to share your preferred dates!

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GPAC Member Content

New York Times - May 22, 2019 

Have America's cities become "unlivable"? New York Times Opinion Columnist Farhad Manjoo shares his thoughts in this column

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CityLab - May 20, 2019

Can having a library or cafe down the block really change your life? CityLab columnists Daniel Cox and Ryan Streeter explain how living close to public amenities - from parks to grocery stores - may increase trust, decrease loneliness, and even restore faith in local government. Read more on the CityLab website.

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Ready to share YOUR thoughts?

The GPAC Newsletter now has an online document center! Maybe you attended a great workshop or conference and want to share your notes and thoughts with the rest of the GPAC. The online document center is a perfect way to share information with the Committee.

Do you have content for the Member Content section? Email me!

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Legislative Update

American Planning Association - California 

If keeping up with what's going on in the California Legislature is your thing, the California Chapter of the American Planning provides a great resource.

The May 2019 Legislative Update provides the latest on Planning-related bills circulating the Assembly and Senate.

General Plan Update - Behind The Scenes

Stakeholder Meetings: The Consultant Team will be hosting a two-day workshop on June 10 & 11 to interview Community Stakeholders for their thoughts on the General Plan Update. City Staff will also be meeting with property owners and other interested parties to discuss their thoughts on potential land use designation updates. This information will further assist in the next phases of the General Plan Update.

GPAC Workshops: GPAC members Shinnamon, Narvaez, Siegel, and Glaser met with Community Development Staff this week to discuss additional GPAC activities and workshops as well as opportunities for the GPAC to attend speaker events outside of formal GPAC meetings. More information to come!

If you have any ideas for GPAC activities and/or workshops regarding the General Plan Update, email me!

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