Clarification About The General Plan "Deadline"
Because of the confusion about whether tonight's meeting, HERE, by the Costa Mesa Planning Commission, at which the General Plan Update and the Draft Environmental Impact Report will be discussed, will be the final time to provide input, I contacted Assistant Director of Development Services, Claire Flynn for more information.
NO OBLIGATION TO SEND IT TO THE COUNCIL TONIGHT
I was told that, while the Planning Commission COULD send the General Plan to the City Council with their recommendation based on the information they have at this time, there is NO obligation for them to do that. The deadline for written communications is April 18th and some in the community have been plowing through the documents and diligently preparing correspondence. Many interpreted this meeting as the last chance they had to do so. That is NOT the case.
PRESENTATIONS AND INPUT
Tonight the commission will hear presentations by consultants and be updated on input from the community thus far, but there is NO FIRM DEADLINE for the documents to be forwarded to the City Council - that date is in the hands of the commission and the council. The commission could hear input on the General Plan and the Draft EIR at a future meeting - perhaps April 25th or even later - before sending their recommendations to the council.
KEEP ON WORKING!
So, the message here is to keep on working, attend the meeting where - hopefully - this issue will be made crystal clear tonight, and continue to prepare your input. This is our development road map through 2035, so it's VERY important that it is done correctly.