City Awarded Grant Funding for General Plan Update

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News Date: 
January 15, 2021
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The City of Salinas is embarking on its first comprehensive General Plan Update in almost 20 years. This General Plan Update comes at a critical point for Salinas, and can help position the community for an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, as well as addressing housing and other challenges. To make this a robust but economically efficient process, the City has pursued multiple avenues of grant funding. On January 13, 2021, the City was formally awarded $250,000 through the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program to create an agricultural framework for the General Plan, conduct direct outreach with farmworkers, and create an Agricultural Working Group for all industry stakeholders. In October, 2020, the City was also awarded $530,000 in Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Grant funds for environmental analysis and review, one of the most technical aspects of the General Plan Update. Finally, the City has received preliminary approval of its Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) application for $500,000. The LEAP grant is focused on increasing housing supply in Salinas through the General Plan Update and interim changes in housing policy. The application puts $350,000 toward supporting the General Plan, with the additional $150,000 being used to create pre-approved plans for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and support prohousing zoning code updates. Together, these grants account for $1.13 million in state funding for the General Plan!