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CITY OF MARTINEZ GENERAL PLAN UPDATE

The Martinez General Plan Update Martinez’s General Plan is undergoing its first comprehensive update since the 1970s. Each city (and county) in California must prepare and adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the city and of any land outside its boundaries which bears relation to planning for its future. When a city creates a general plan, hearing the voices in the community is essential. All members of the community are encouraged to participate. Over the next two years City decision-makers, City staff and the community will be working to update the City of Martinez General Plan that will guide land use and development over the next 20 years in the City. While there are specific topics that must be included in a general plan, the City of Martinez General Plan is intended to do much more than merely meet legal requirements. The City’s General Plan exists as our community’s statement of its fundamental values and our shared vision for future development. It is intended to articulate how we, the citizens of Martinez, view the community, now and in the future, and, most importantly, how the community intends to deal with current and future planning and development issues. (Scroll to the bottom of this page for additional information on the update)

How Can YOU Be Involved? PROVIDE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW AND FOR EACH QUESTION/FORUM ON THE RIGHT

We would like to collect your comment sheet so that we can document your comments as part of the City’s General Plan Update process. These questions/forums are part of the initial community outreach process and cover our COMMUNITY VALUES and our VISION FOR THE FUTURE.* Your responses will help us define what you want the Martinez General Plan to accomplish. It is an opportunity for you to tell us what is important to you as the new General Plan is developed. We want to know what you think! What places or features of Martinez do you like? What places or features do you not like? What seems to be missing? What places could be made better? How do you see the City of Martinez in the future? We will be using your input to help create the City of Martinez 2030 General Plan — “Martinez 21st Century.” Comments will be collected until SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011.

*To ensure that the General Plan fits within our overall goals, we are developing a WORKING VISION for Martinez in the year 2030. A VISION is a way of looking at the future. It is a dream about the future, shared by the community. A successful VISION paints a picture of the type of place we want to live, work and play in. Our VISION is more than just a description of what we hope to see in Martinez; it also describes the legacy we hope to achieve and defines the way we want to work together to create a more livable community.

4. What do special places in Martinez look like and what activities occur there now in the year 2030?

MAGICALLY — You have been transported 20 years into the future and it is now the year 2030. The VISION we created for Martinez way back in the year 2010 has come true. Everything we wanted, we achieved. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT IT’S LIKE NOW IN THE YEAR 2030 IN MARTINEZ.

Please remember you are now in the Year 2030

FOR EXAMPLE, what is Downtown Martinez like and why do people go to Downtown Martinez now, in the year 2030, as compared to 2010? What are our shopping centers like (such as Virginia Hills, Village Oaks, Muir Station, etc.) — and what kinds of stores and activities do you find there? What arts, cultural and recreational facilities and activities do you find in Martinez? And, what is the Martinez waterfront like? Or any place else you’d like to talk about?

  1. Martinez is a hub for culture and art. It's reputation has changed.

    It is no longer known as the "refinery city", It is always referred to as the "City of John Muir". There are many art galleries and the theaters are an astounding success.

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  2. A revitalized Waterfront, indoor bocce courts, a convention center

    The waterfront is our hidden jewel. If we bring people businesses will come. How do we bring people? Build a convention center/hotel in the old Waters Moving area. Where in town can you have a wedding reception for over 250? And with a beautiful setting? It's time to do this for the community...

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  3. 33 votes
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  4. The hills surrounding Martinez remain as open space

    The hills surrounding Martinez are held in public or non-profit trust for the enjoyment of the people, habitat for plants and animals, and create a sense of open character. The land is managed to maximize diversity, reduce fire risk, and protect endangered species.

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  5. Community gatherings like Santa's visit, and the 4th of July

    These types of events always take City sponsorship, and aren't cheap, but they pay off in community pride. Cities like Lafayette and Walnut Creek (with larger budgets, I know) do an especially good job of this and are an example for us to follow.

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  6. Carquninez Scenic Dr connects Martinez to Crocket for Bicycles and Pedestrians

    Carquinez Scenic Dr is restored to allow for pedestrian, bicycle, and horse traffic (no cars). This creates an important gateway between central county and west county. Martinez becomes a bicycle hub.

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  7. 12 votes
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  8. Hidden Lakes remains a sanctuary of nature, play, and community gathering

    Hidden Lakes is a sanctuary for wildlife and people seeking nature. Children are safe to explore the woods or fish in the lakes. Soccer, baseball, softball, cross country meets, and pick-up basketball games occur regularly. Parents take their children to the safe and state of the art playgrounds. Family and friends gather at picnic areas for BBQs.

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  9. 6 votes
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  10. Muir Oaks Neighborhood remains unchanged

    Muir Oaks rural residential zoning should stay as it is (same with Alhambra Valley). Muir Oaks private roads should remain that way in 2030 without streetlights or frontage improvements. Traffic levels are low enough that walking on the roadway there is safe.

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4. What do special places in Martinez look like and what activities occur there now in the year 2030?

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How Can YOU Be Involved? ATTEND A COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

The City of Martinez encourages you to attend one of the following General Plan Update Community Workshops to share your thoughts in helping shape the future of the City. Workshops will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at these dates/locations:

-Tuesday, November 30, 2010 • Martinez Junior High School • 1600 Court Street
-Thursday, December 2, 1010 • John Swett Elementary School • 4955 Alhambra Valley Road
-Tuesday, December 7, 1010 • Morello Park Elementary School • 1200 Morello Park Drive
-Wednesday, December 8, 1010 • Hidden Valley Elementary School • 500 Glacier Drive

How Can YOU Be Involved? STAY INFORMED

There will be other opportunities later on in the process for you to provide your comments on possible strategies and important choices on how we can maintain and enhance what we value about Martinez as a community. Please make sure you add your name to the sign-up sheet so you are added to the GENERAL PLAN MAILING AND EMAIL LIST. If you have any questions or want to stay involved by being placed on the City of Martinez GENERAL PLAN MAILING AND EMAIL LIST, please contact: Terry Blount, Planning Manager, City of Martinez Phone — 925.372.3534 • Email — tblount@cityofmartinez.org.

Major steps in the update process include:

-Community Outreach/Workshops in Fall of 2010 — Intended to identify important issues and overall goals for the General Plan Update.
-Community Outreach/Workshops in Early Part of 2011 — Intended to provide feedback on alternative strategies and approaches to physical development issues in the City.
-Community Outreach/Public Hearings Later 2011 and First Part of 2012 — Review of Draft General Plan proposals and eventual adoption of the updated City of Martinez General Plan.

Thank you very much for your time and thoughts in helping to make Martinez a better community!