The General Plan is the document that most fundamentally addresses Hollister’s growth and development issues. A General Plan is often described as the “constitution” that guides the development of a city, typically for a 20-year horizon. It establishes a vision for the future, as well as the policies and implementation measures that will help our community achieve that vision. It addresses land use, housing, open space, circulation, economic development, public services, infrastructure, emergency preparedness and community health, among other issues. It is the foundation on which all land use and regulatory decisions are made.
The General Plan Update will provide an opportunity for the community to review the current policies and make changes which will guide Hollister through the next 20 years. To envision a Hollister that meets all of our needs, the City will be seeking ideas from everyone in the community at every step of the process. Community workshops, held online and in-person as best public health practices allow, will give residents a chance to directly share their goals and priorities with City officials and the project team. In addition, the process will rely upon feedback from a General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) made up of two City Councilmembers, two Planning Commissioners, and one Hollister resident. The public review process will also include check-ins with the Planning Commission and City Council to ensure that the community’s vision and priorities are correctly captured. To view a calendar of upcoming meetings and events, go here.
One of the first steps in the General Plan Update is to establish the community’s vision for Hollister in 2040. Creating a General Plan that represents Hollister’s shared principles and values is an important component of the General Plan Update. The final vision statement will establish the principles to guide City policies and decisions about future growth, conservation, transportation, and public services.
Once the community establishes the vision for Hollister in 2040, the next step will be to update the General Plan document.
Typically, a General Plan begins with a Vision Statement and then establishes specific goals and policies related to a range of civic issues. These issues are organized into a series of topic-specific “Elements” or chapters of the General Plan. The following seven Elements are required by State law: Land Use, Open Space, Transportation, Housing, Conservation, Safety, and Noise. These Elements can be combined or presented in any order that best fits the community.
The City of Hollister’s General Plan addresses all State requirements and organizes the General Plan in its own unique format as described below. The General Plan Update will work from the existing General Plan to update each of these Elements.
The General Plan Update will also result in two stand-alone implementation documents:
Environmental review will be conducted for of all of these components to ensure that land use activities and policies do not negatively affect our community. This component involves the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to identify potential environmental impacts and measures we can take to reduce or avoid them.