News from the city of Chico

City releases its final general plan draft, and seeks applicants for City Council vacancy

After many months of public workshops to go over the draft of the Chico 2030 General Plan, the city has released the final draft of the document.

Those joint sessions of the City Council and Planning Commission were held to help guide city staff in developing the plan, a long-range, comprehensive policy framework used to guide the growth and preservation of Chico.

Approval of the plan is expected in mid-April. In the meantime, the council and commission will hold another meeting to review the final draft on Feb. 8. The commission likely will make a recommendation on certification of an environmental-impact report at its March 10 meeting.

In other news, the city is seeking letters of interest from residents who would like to fill the City Council seat left vacant by the exit of Larry Wahl. Friday (Jan. 14) at noon is the deadline to submit a letter of interest to the City Clerk’s Office. It should be accompanied by a résumé. The council will consider all applicants at its Jan. 18 meeting.

Retiree Bob Evans (pictured) is one of the likely applicants. He was the fourth-place finisher in the November election and is supported in his effort by many Chicoans.