Guadalupe City Hall

Guadalupe City Hall

Guadalupe leaders are looking for ideas, suggestions and concerns from the public to help it create a plan to move the city forward. 

City officials are inviting the community to a meeting Tuesday for the purpose of discussing a vision for the city as part of its general plan update, as well as collecting input on its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) priorities.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium at City Hall. 

California law requires that each county and city in the state develop and adopt a general plan -- a statement of development policies including maps and text that set local government's goals and policies. It is a comprehensive, long-term plan for the physical development of a community.

Guadalupe City Administrator Cruz Ramos said Tuesday night that it's the community’s chance to help influence the future of Guadalupe.

“Bottom line, you can play a role in the city’s growth, its vitality and its economic development. Let your voice be heard,” Ramos said.

On Tuesday, discussion about the general plan will begin with a comprehensive land-use survey of the city of Guadalupe. The inventory will allow city officials and discussion participants to know exactly what the city has to work with when it comes to land use.

“Many forget how important a general plan is to a city," Ramos said. "A general plan acts as a constitution or framework for the city."

The general plan discussion then will focus on “regional visioning.”

According to Ramos, the city will look at the visions of neighboring communities to create a “synthesis of a regional vision, which the city of Guadalupe will play a role.”

Then, the gathering will focus on “community visioning.”

“This meeting will also serve as a forum for defining and fine-tuning emerging directions gathered from community and other sources toward a community vision,” Ramos said.

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Next, city leaders will discuss how they should allocate CDBG resources after learning how much money the city will receive. 

Eligible CDBG activities include economic development, public service, public facilities, planning and technical assistance and housing programs.

Guadalupe leaders want to focus on two programs with this round of CDBG support, specifically rehabilitating Leroy Park as well as the Boys and Girls Club facility. 

“Youth participation is highly encouraged as the students are the future of Guadalupe,” Ramos said.

After taking public comment, officials are slated to make a decision about the funding. 

Child care, refreshments and interpreters will be available Tuesday evening.

Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.

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