General plan vision statement adopted
BARSTOW • The Barstow City Council voted this week to adopt a vision statement for Barstow’s 2015-2020 general plan revision.
The general plan vision statement, approved during Monday’s city council meeting, expresses the vision for Barstow as it will be in the horizon year of the revised city general plan, according to economic development and planning manager Gaither Loewenstein.
The statement reads, “Barstow is a community where visitors explore, workers reside and raise their families and children grow up to find jobs at livable wages, enabling them to remain in the community to develop their own households.”
According Loewenstein, the statement addresses three key elements that address Barstow’s hopes by 2020.
• The city’s desire to encourage visitors to spend more time in Barstow by exploring its sights and amenities.
• Barstow residents should have an opportunity to work in the city, by a balance between housing and jobs, minimizing commuting.
• The desire of Barstow residents to have opportunities for their children to grow and raise their own families in the community, by creating “good-paying” jobs and broader housing options.
Loewenstein said the statement is based on input received from the public at several meetings and workshops and also from the planning commission.
“Over the next several months the city’s planning staff, taking direction from the vision statement adopted by the city council, will be meeting with property owners, prospective developers and other interested parties to get a better idea of the types of development that are likely to occur over the next several years at various sites throughout the planning area,” Loewenstein said. “Once this information has been gathered, staff will prepare a draft general plan and master environmental impact report for review by the public, the planning commission and the city council.”
Loewenstein said the city expects the process to conclude by adopting the revised general plan and certification of the master environmental impact report by early 2015.