by Marva Bledsoe, Business and Community Political Action Committee
Our voices need to be heard!
The City of Oceanside’s General Plan Land Use Element is the primary source of long-range planning and policy direction used to guide growth and preserve the quality of life in the City. This section of the Plan is critical as Oceanside looks to the future of development in our city. However, the Land Use Element has not been amended since 1988.
These 28 year old Land Use planning guidelines are antiquated, cumbersome, ineffective and they do not reflect our present day needs. In order to update this segment of the City’s General Plan, the City Council must allocate funding from the City budget to accomplish this important task. While it may not be as appealing as other aspects of the budget, it is critical to the future development of our community.
Soon the Oceanside City Council will be considering priorities for the upcoming fiscal year budget. Please contact the Mayor and Councilmembers to encourage them to make the updating of the Land Use Element of the General Plan a high priority item.
Your hardcopy letters can be addressed to Mayor Jim Wood with copies to Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery, Councilmember Jerry Kern, Councilmember Jack Feller and Councilmember Esther Sanchez at 300 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054. Emails can be sent to the Council as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; and, firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include “Lane Use Element Amendment” in the subject line. Your comments can be as brief as “To ensure the proper use of our city’s land and plan for its future growth I urge you to make the update of the Land Use Element of the General Plan a high priority in the upcoming budget. This is essential for a successful and vibrant community.”