Jurupa Valley General PlanThe City's First General Plan Prepared With Limited Resources

City Adopts First General Plan

Another Community Planning Project Completed

On September 7, 2017, the Jurupa Valley City Council adopted the City’s first General Plan! 

The plan will serve as a blueprint for future growth and development and is tailored to reflect the character and values of the City.  The plan was developed by Civic Solutions, which serves as the City’s contract Planning Department for all planning functions.

Limited Resources

Located in northwest Riverside County, with 45 square miles and a population of over 100,000, Jurupa Valley was incorporated on July 1, 2011.  On this same date, the State eliminated redevelopment and realigned Vehicle License Fees previously allocated to new cities, diverting these funds into the prison system.  The City did not have the funds to prepare a General Plan for the first three years.  In 2014 the City Council allocated $500,000 for the General Plan and EIR.

Unique Approach

Civic Solutions created a unique strategy for the General Plan, due to limited City resources, in order to maximize public input while minimizing costs to the City.  To do this, we developed a strategy to

  1. Focus input on eight initial community workshops, eleven General Plan Update Committee (GPAC) meetings and several Planning Commission and City Council work sessions at targeted points in the process. 
  2. Veteran planners Mary Wright and Jeff Hook worked with the GPAC in a workshop setting at the outset to develop a Community Values Statement that guided work on the entire plan. 
  3. Civic Solutions incorporated the Values Statement, and all the public input received, into a plan which represents the best in planning practice and provides policy and programmatic guidance for California’s newest City. 
  4. The plan includes four optional elements that address specific issues, goals and desires of the City as well as all State-mandated general plan elements.  Optional elements include Air Quality; Healthy Communities; Economic Sustainability and Environmental Justice, the latter of which was prepared in advance of the General Plan and has received state and local planning awards.
Innovative Concepts

Civic Solutions developed a number of creative approaches for the 2017 General Plan to ensure the character and semi-rural equestrian nature of Jurupa Valley are preserved over time.  Our team created an “Equestrian Lifestyle Protection Overlay” that includes special land use and mobility provisions to maintain and promote equestrian travel in those areas with a long history of equestrian use.  The plan also places an emphasis on “Mobility Corridors” which focus on all travel modes, not just the vehicle, and include pedestrian, bicycle, equestrian and public transit transportation.  The plan is also predominately self-mitigating as outlined in the companion Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which means that policies and programs are incorporated in the plan to minimize environmental impacts resulting from build-out.

Commendation

In approving the 2017 General Plan, the City Council commended Civic Solutions for generating a plan that truly reflects the vision and values of the community.  Our general plan team is currently preparing the publication edition of the 2017 General Plan, expected to be available in early December. 

To view the Draft April 2017 General Plan considered by the City Council, click here.  For more information on the 2017 General Plan, contact Program Manager Mary Wright at (949) 489-1442, or by email at wright@civicsolutions.com.