Economic Development Element Unanimously Adopted

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News Date: 
December 14, 2017
2 Individuals one says "Quality jobs that promote environmental sustainability and protect worker health," and the other says to "have good career opportunities when I come back from college"

On December 5, 2017, the City Council unanimously approved the adoption of the Economic Development Element (EDE) as the 8th element of the Salinas General Plan.  The EDE is the City’s vision and strategy to encourage a diverse economy that allows for the continued economic success of the community. The EDE was developed through an extensive, and award winning community outreach and engagement process in which stakeholders and participants identified community-wide topic areas and Economic Opportunity Areas (EOA), developed an economic development vision, and prioritized strategies, policies, and actions to achieve a prosperous and healthy Salinas. Three words summarize the community’s vision: Safety, Jobs and Health.  To realize that vision, the EDE recommends 17 goals, 8 strategies/topic areas, 97 policies and 337 actions, which are based on three strategic foci: (1) Workforce and Education, (2) Land Use and (3) Quality of Life and Public Services. 

Land Use policies in the EDE direct a strong focus on infill development, redevelopment, and revitalization within the City’s commercial core and corridors to create more jobs and revenue-generating infill development opportunities.  The EDE also identifies six Target Areas to provide new development capacity to support 8,981 new jobs needed to meet the City’s growing employment demand of 45,500 jobs through General Plan buildout and to attract revenue generating uses.

The vision of economic prosperity outlined in the EDE will guide the future General Plan update, which is to begin mid-2018.