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White Papers

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City staff has prepared white papers on key policy issues to assist in updating the Novato General Plan.  The purpose of the white paper process is to provide initial direction on policies to incorporate into the draft General Plan.

Bel Marin Keys Industrial Parks.  Presented at the March 3, 2014 Planning Commission meeting and March 18, 2014 City Council meeting.

Urban Growth Boundary.  Presented at the April 21, 2014 Planning Commission meeting and May 13, 2014 City Council meeting.

Junior Second UnitsPresented at the June 2, 2014 Planning Commission meeting and June 10, 2014 City Council meeting regarding the 2015-2023 draft Housing Element.

Water Availability and Conservation.   Presented at the June 16, 2014 Planning Commission meeting and June 17, 2014 City Council meeting.   

Hillside and Ridgeline Protection. Presented at the February 2, 2015 Planning Commission meeting and the March 17, 2015 City   Council meeting.

Complete Streets.  Presented at the February 17, 2015 Planning Commission meeting and March 24, 2015 City Council meeting.

Climate Change Action Plan and Sea Level Rise and Adaptation.  Presented at the March 2, 2015 Planning Commission meeting and March 3, 2015 City Council meeting.

Healthy Eating Active Living.  Presented at the April 6, 2015 Planning Commission meeting and the June 23, 2015 City Council meeting.

Downtown Specific Plan and Summary. Presented at the July 7, 2015 Planning Commission meeting and the September 1, 2015 City Council meeting.

Downtown Parking.   Planning Commission consideration is tentatively scheduled for March 19, 2018. City Council consideration is tentatively scheduled for March 27, 2018.

Traffic Levels of Service. To be presented at the October 25, 2016 City Council Meeting.

Open Novato, an online forum, is hosted by the City. Information from this forum is shared with our policy and decision makers. Staff will continue to post questions related to focus areas and white paper topics throughout the General Plan update process. Please visit Open Novato to see what topics have been posted for discussion.


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