The City of Half Moon Bay opened the application period on Friday for residents interested in serving on the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC). Applications will be accepted from Sept. 6-20 at 5 p.m. with appointments taking place at the October 15 City Council Meeting.
The mission of the GPAC is to participate in and provide input as it relates to the comprehensive General Plan, Local Coastal Program and Zoning Code updates, by promoting balanced consideration of a range of perspectives on issues affecting Half Moon Bay, serving as an information conduit to stakeholder groups, encouraging broader community participation, and providing continuity of participation throughout the entire public visioning and update process. The GPAC will conduct approximately 10-12 meetings over a two year period.
Half Moon Bay residents can download an application on the City’s website at www.hmbcity.com under ‘Hot Topics’ on the homepage. Applications can also be picked up at City Hall.
Below is a general description of what’s expected of each Committee Member to achieve the mission of the GPAC:
· Become familiar with the issues surrounding city planning and community development
· Attend periodic meetings over an extended period of time (approximately 2 years)
· Represent a broader community interest (rather than a particular organization of which one may be a member of) at GPAC meetings
· Keep residents and organization/stakeholder groups informed of the progress of the public visioning and update program
· Balance stakeholder goals with the larger public interest
· Encourage community participation throughout the public visioning and update process
· Adhere to the public visioning and update program schedule and respond to established deadlines
· Work collaboratively with other GPAC members
· Provide constructive feedback to City staff and consultants on process and works in progress at key points during the update program
· Make recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council at key project milestones
The GPAC will be an integral part of the General Plan update and consist of viewpoints that are broadly representative of and reflect the diversity of the community to the greatest extent possible. Specifically, the GPAC seeks members that would represent the following groups: residents-at-large, environmental advocates, real estate professionals and/or developers, and business community/commercial land owners.