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  • November 4, 2011 Dear Consultant:

    MAYOR SUE SORENSEN

    VICE-MAYOR JOLEEN J. JAMESON

    COUNCIL MEMBERS DAN CHIN JIM IRWIN

    LOU MARTINEZ

    CITY MANAGER HILARY M. STRAUS

    CITY ATTORNEY ROBERT M. DOWD

    V| y H A N F O R D CALIFORNIA 93230 CITY OFFICES 317 NORTH DOUTY STREET

    The City of Hanford is requesting proposals for professional services from qualified consulting firms to prepare a comprehensive General Plan (GP) and Zoning Ordinance (ZO) update, along with the accompanying environmental review/reports. The purpose of a General Plan Update is to serve the City for the next 10 years without significant revision, comply with state regulations, and provide the community with a vision for the future containing policies and guidelines for the way land is developed and used. The GP will incorporate goals, objectives, policies, and programs for six elements, addressing both the Climate Action Plan and the Downtown East Precise Plan as influential components of the GP. There are six important and distinctive features of this GP that will need to be included: 1) goals, objectives, policies, and programs for elements in land use, circulation, open space, conservation, recreation, hazard management, public facilities, and service; 2) Environmental Justice policies and principles; 3) strong Public Engagement program; 4) the Citys approach of promoting Red Carpet, not Red Tape; 5) an environmental analysis - Program EIR; and 6) the zoning ordinance update, which may include specific planning. Firms interested in this project should send their proposals to the attention of Melody N. Haigh, City of Hanford, 317 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA 93230 by 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2011. All firms planning to submit proposals are required to attend a proposers conference on December 6, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in the training room at the City of Hanford Offices. If you should have any questions or require additional information regarding this project, you may contact me at (559) 585-2583 or e-mail me at mhaigh@ci.hanford.ca.us . Sincerely,

    Melody N. Haigh Melody N. Haigh, Senior Planner cc: Enclosure

    Planning: 559-585-2580 Facsimile: 559-583-1633

  • PUBLIC NOTICE

    REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

    General Plan and Zoning Ordinance Update

    Release Date: November 4, 2011

    Deadline for Submission: December 19, 2011 @ 5:00 P.M.

    Contact person: Melody N. Haigh, Senior Planner mhaigh@ci.hanford.ca.us

    559-585-2583

    CITY OF HANFORD 317 N. Douty Street Hanford, CA 93230

  • City of Hanford Page i

    TABLE OF CONTENTS I. General Project Description ................................................................................... 1 Aerial Map ...................................................................................................... 2 A. General Plan Background .............................................................................. 3 General Plan Map .................................................................................. 4 B. Zoning Ordinance Background ....................................................................... 5 Zoning Ordinance Map ........................................................................... 6 C. City Information/Sphere of Influence Map .................................................. 7, 8 D. Policy Documents .......................................................................................... 9 E. Desired General Plan and Zoning Ordinance ............................................... 10 F. Desired Consultants ..................................................................................... 11 II. Scope of Work ...................................................................................................... 12 A. Required Elements ....................................................................................... 13

    Land Use Element ................................................................................ 14 Circulation Element .............................................................................. 14 Open Space, Conservation & Recreation Element .............................. 15 Hazards Management Element ............................................................ 15 Public Facilities and Service Element .................................................. 16

    B. Additional Component .................................................................................. 16 Public Engagement Component ........................................................... 16

    Public Engagement Program Design ............................................ 17 Neighborhood Area Map ............................................................... 19

    C. Environmental Document and Approvals ...................................................... 20 D. Zoning Ordinance ......................................................................................... 21 E. Additionally Requested Work Components Add/Deduct Items .................. 21

    Subdivision Ordinance Update ............................................................. 22

    III. Required Deliverables .......................................................................................... 23 IV. Consultant Selection Schedule and Project Timeline ........................................... 23 V. Contact Person .................................................................................................... 23 VI. Budget. ............................................................................................................. 24 VII. Proposal Content and Organization ..................................................................... 24 VIII. Proposal Evaluation and Consultant Selection ..................................................... 27 IX. Modifications or Withdrawal of Proposals ............................................................. 27 X. Rejection of Proposals ......................................................................................... 28 XI. Contract Award .................................................................................................... 28

  • City of Hanford Page 1

    I. General Project Description

    The City of Hanford is requesting proposals for professional services from qualified consulting firms to prepare a comprehensive General Plan (GP) and Zoning Ordinance (ZO) update along with the accompanying environmental review/reports. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be required for this project as growth and environmental issues are needed to be addressed in order to keep the GP and ZO current and legally defensible. In addition, environmental justice principles should be addressed in both the GP and ZO. Environmental Justice (EJ) is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. A general plan states a desired vision for the communitys future containing policies that guide the way land is developed and used. State law requires that each city adopt a general plan for the physical development of a city and any land outside its boundaries which bears relation to its planning (65300). In addition, a general plan should be updated periodically, preferably every ten years. Since a GP is the foundation for establishing goals, purposes, land use, and activities it also provides compatibility and continuity to the entire city and individual neighborhoods. It expresses the communitys development goals and embodies public policy relative to the distribution of future land uses, both public and private. A citys GP is its constitution for development and is comprised of seven required elements: Land Use Element, Circulation Element, Housing Element, Conservation Element, Open Space Element, Noise Element, and Safety Element. In the San Joaquin Valley, there is also a required Air Quality Element. Elements may be combined, rather than having eight stand-alone elements. Other cities and counties have addressed optional elements depending on the importance of the communitys issues such as: health, education, climate change, economy, environment, public engagement, and social equity. The zoning ordinance is the local law that spells out the immediate, allowable uses for each piece of property within the community and is in response to the California Planning and Zoning Law (65000 65800). In all counties and general law cities, zoning must comply with the general plan. The purpose of zoning is to implement the policies of the general plan. The City of Hanfords ZO will support and help to carry out policies and goals of the GP.

    The GP, ZO, EIR, and Public Engagement Program are all key components of the update. The general plan update will address six (6) state mandated elements as described in the scope of work section of this RFP. One key objective to both the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance update is to reformat the existing GP and ZO into a user-friendly document that works well as a hard copy and digitally (ie, web-based and indexed). After review and evaluation of the submitted proposal, the City will recommend the finalist to the City Council for award of contract on February 7, 2012.

  • CITY OF HANFORD AERIAL MAP

    City of Hanford Page 2

  • City of Hanford Page 3

    A. General Plan Background The City of Hanfords last comprehensive GP update was completed in 2002

    and included six (6) elements, some of which are combined (Lan

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