Letter to the Editor
The Notice (left – click to enlarge) does not mention that the motion to adopt Plan Santa-Barbara at Councilmember Williams’ last meeting failed. That ended the process related to the General Plan as recommended to the City Council by the Planning Commission. The City Council did not at that meeting continue the item to a date certain–as required for a continued consideration of a proposed General Plan. As a result, the process must start over. The general plan adoption process as set forth is state law and the Charter, requires a recommendation from the Planning Commission to the City Council.
The discussion announced for March 1 sounds like a time for decisions regarding adoption of a General Plan. The notice does not solve the legal status based upon the prior rejection of the recommendations of the Planning Commission. Even if the Planning Commission part of the process is ignored, this Notice does not comply with State laws, including the Brown Act, which requires a minimum of ten day notice in the newspapers of a new hearing date for a General Plan hearing.