Sierra Club: More clarity needed to Council direction on General Plan

Eric Parfrey of the Sierra Club sent an email today to Mayor Michael Tubbs and the rest of the City Council in reference to the direction given to staff on Tuesday night concerning development of an amended General Plan.

The email from Parfrey essentially demands the final version of the amended General Plan, which probably won’t be complete for a year, makes it clear that there is to be no new development north of Eight Mile Road barring an extraordinary job-creation opportunity like a Tesla plant or a state university.

“We respectfully request that Councilman Holman and Mayor Tubbs clarify that the intent of the motion is to support Alternative C, which includes direction to shrink the Sphere of Influence back to Eight Mile Road, and to add one or more General plan policies that explicitly state the City will consider future amendments to the General Plan for development north of Eight Mile Road for extraordinary projects that reap huge and tangible benefits to the City.

“To be clear, we will vigorously oppose any attempt to retain the existing Sphere of Influence line which includes the Spanos lands north of Eight Mile Road. We hope that we will not have to organize public opposition to the new General Plan over this issue, but we are prepared to do so.”

You can read Parfrey’s entire email here.

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