Joint land use workshop on planning concerns to be held Wednesday

Winters Planning Commission and City Council will hold a Joint Land Use Planning Workshop to educate community on the land development process.

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The Planning Commission and City Council will hold a Joint Land Use Planning Workshop meeting to educate community members on the land development process from 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in the EOC/Training Room at the Public Safety Center. City Attorney Ethan Walsh and Contract Planner Heidi Tschudin will lead the workshop in the pursuit of three goals listed on the agenda: clarify the land use application process; achieve a common understanding of key planning concepts; and develop a strategy for General Plan revisions. In July, city officials first mentioned the idea of a workshop on land use  as a way to correct what they have called misconceptions about the role of city government and the planning process, particularly around the North Area annexation controversy. City Manager John Donlevy has maintained that there was nothing inappropriate about his communications with Bellvue North representative John Roberts earlier this year, which were reported on by the Winters Express. The email exchange in question is included on the City Council’s website next to the agenda. “It will be a tremendous opportunity for people to get an overview of the planning processes, updates on some of the North Area issue as well as get an insight into broader concepts related to the General Plan, Specific Plans and an overview of key planning issues. The workshop will include an opportunity for questions from those in attendance,” Donlevy said. The workshop will also cover Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCOs), climate change and the pending General Plan “refresh” and an overview of state directives guiding local housing policies. After the presentation by Walsh and Tschudin, council members and commissioners will be allotted one hour for questions and comments and the workshop will conclude with one hour of public comment.]]>

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