General plan on agenda for Merced County Board of Supervisors

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comDecember 8, 2013 

— Merced County’s new general plan will be presented during a public hearing at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

The 2030 Merced County General Plan, which can be described as the “blueprint” for the county’s development, contains 11 elements including economic development, land use, agricultural, housing, transportation and circulation.

A general plan outlines objectives and policies upon which the supervisors and Planning Commission will base their land use and development decisions. The 2030 General Plan replaces the plan from 2000, according to county documents.

Some of the new goals and policies contained in the general plan focus on Merced County’s population growth, urban growth and development, protecting natural resources and preserving agriculture. The county held 24 focus group meetings on six policy areas, including water resources and agriculture.

State law requires governments to make copies of their plans available to the public and take public comments on the plan. A copy of the plan is available for review by visiting the county’s website at: http://www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=2009

Also on Tuesday, supervisors will consider moving the Merced County Rescue Mission’s warming center to a new location.

If approved, the warming center, which makes available a tent with heaters to residents from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., would be moved to a space behind the old juvenile hall at 13thand B streets.

“There’s more space and it will be a better location,” said Bruce Metcalf , executive director of the Rescue Mission, about the new location. The space also offers more security because it’s surrounded by a fence, he added.

The warming center is currently located behind the Rescue Mission building on 1921 Canal St. in Merced.

The Board of Supervisors will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board’s chamber on the third floor of the Merced County Administration Building, 2222 M St., Merced.

Sun-Star staff writer Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

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