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City of Culver City General Plan Update

What is the General Plan?

A general plan is a city’s blueprint, or constitution, for future development. It documents the city’s long-range vision and establishes clear goals, objectives, and actions to guide the community through its next 20 to 30 years of change.

The City must update its General Plan periodically to keep up with the changing needs and conditions of the city and region. It also should be updated to reflect new local, regional, state, and national laws.

State law requires that general plans address certain topics including land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, noise, and safety. General plans can also include optional topics – such as urban design, economic development, and sustainability – to reflect each community’s unique character, physical features, or needs.

Why is the City updating its General Plan?

Culver City’s existing General Plan contains nine topics, or “elements,” updated between 1968 and 2014. Click on the icons below to view the existing elements:

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This will be the first time all elements are updated at the same time, aligning the entire Culver City General Plan with today’s and tomorrow’s community conditions and needs.

The City is interested in creating an innovative plan that is understandable and useful for the layperson as well as the expert. Community stakeholders and City Council are already identifying new topics to include that address existing and emerging critical concerns. These include sustainability, equity and social justice, healthy communities for all ages, climate adaptation and resiliency, urban design and public places, economy, Ballona Creek, cultural planning, governance, and technology.

What are the steps for updating the Culver City General Plan?

This will be a collaborative process, with many steps. As a first step, the City issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on September 6, 2017. The RFQ asks firms from a range of disciplines to demonstrate their qualifications to work on the project. The next step will be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP). A consultant team will then be selected to begin work in the summer of 2018. Once the consultants are in place, work can begin. The planning process involves:


Who is part of the General Plan update?

All of Culver City is invited to collaborate in the process! The plan is relevant to all who live, work, play, and invest here. In addition to local residents, businesses and employees, community groups and nonprofits, developers, institutions, residents, regional agencies and partners, schools, and many others will be part of the process. All have a place and a valued voice in the update process. The City Council and all City departments will be working together to lead the community through this process. Additionally, a creative and skilled consulting team will help ensure the highest quality outcome.

What is the time frame for this process?

Once selected in the summer of 2018, the consultant team will prepare a detailed work plan for the entire General Plan update process. The following tentative schedule lays out the steps to get a consultant team on board and set up the advisory bodies. The City intends to follow this schedule, but minor changes may be necessary as the steps are carried out.

Tasks and milestones CC* SC* Staff 2017-2018
1. Advance planning team starts      X Apr 3
2. Research, benchmarking, data gathering      X Apr-Jul
3. GPU Process and possibilities conceptual work      X Apr-Jul
4. Staff report due for Jul 10 Council meeting      X Jun 21
5. Council meeting to review GPU process and product possibilities and discuss draft RFQ/RFP  X     Jul 10
6. Prepare draft RFQ, outline RFP, and summarize benchmarks      X Jul-Aug
7. Department management interviews      X Jul-Aug
8. Staff report due for August 14 Council meeting      X Jul 15
9. Council meeting to review draft RFQ, outline RFP, and summary matrix  X     Aug 14
10. Work session on draft RFQ    X  X Aug 21
11. Staff report due for August 30 Council meeting      X Aug 23
12. Staff report due for September 11 Council meeting      X Aug 23
13. Council meeting to approve RFQ  X     Aug 30
14. Issue RFQ      X Sep 6
15. Council meeting to discuss committees  X    X Sep 11
16. Prepare RFQ evaluation criteria      X Sep 18-28
17. RFQ questions due      X Sep 20
18. RFQ questions posted      X Sep 22
19. Qualifications packages due      X Sep 29
20. Work session to review qualifications packages    X  X Oct 2-12
21. Work session to revise draft RFP and prepare submittal summary and qualified consultant list recommendation    X  X Oct 16-25
22. Council meeting to discuss advisory bodies  X     Oct 23
23. Commence committee creation process  X     Oct 24 
24. Staff report due for executive staff review for Nov 16 Council meeting      X Oct 25
25. Staff report provided to Council for Nov 16 Council meeting      X Nov 3
26. Council special meeting to review submittal summary and qualified consultant list recommendation and conduct draft RFP visioning (alternatively, Council could approve RFP at this meeting)  X     Nov 16
27. Work session on final revisions to RFP (if necessary)    X  X Nov 14-Dec 7
28. Staff report due for executive staff review for week of Jan 8 special meeting      X Dec 12
29. Staff report provided to Council for week of Jan 8 special meeting      X Dec 29
30. Council special meeting to approve RFP (alternatively, Council could approve on Nov 13)  X     Week of Jan 8
31. Issue RFP      X Jan 11
32. Consultants prepare proposals, staff prepares RFP evaluation criteria      X Jan 9-Feb 16
33. Proposals due      X Feb 15
34. Work session to review proposals, prepare interview materials, and compile interview list     X  X Feb 19-23
35. Staff report due for executive staff review for week of Apr 23 special meeting      X Apr 2
36. Staff report provided to Council for week of Apr 23 special meeting*      X Apr 12
37. Begin briefing Council Members-Elect on General Plan Update process  X    X Apr 12
38. Council special meeting to review and approve interview list  X     Week of Apr 23
39. Interview scheduling lead time      X Apr 24-May 11
40. Proposer interviews    X  X May 14-25
41. Staff report due for executive staff review for week of Jun 11 special meeting      X May 21
42. Staff report provided to Council for week of Jun 11 special meeting      X Jun 1
43. Prepare consultant selection recommendation    X  X May 28-Jun 8
44. Staff report due for executive staff review for week of Jun 25 special meeting      X Jun 4
45. Staff report provided to Council for week of Jun 25 special meeting      X Jun 15
46. Council special meeting to form Council subcommittees  X     Week of Jun 11
47. Staff report due for executive staff review for week of Jul 9 special meeting      X Jun 18
48. Staff report provided to Council for week of Jul 9 special meeting      X Jun 29
49. Council special meeting to confirm Council subcommittees  X     Week of Jun 25
50. Council special meeting to select consultant  X     Week of Jul 9
51. Consultant start of work - notice to proceed  X
 X July 2018

*Tentative date pending Council’s reorganization schedule following the April 10, 2017 election.
  CC = City Council, SC = City Council Subcommittee (City Council Members Sahli-Wells and Small)

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Sounds great! How can I get involved?

HandsThe City is committed to fostering public ownership of the General Plan and its roadmap for Culver City’s future. The City and the consultant team will begin next summer by preparing a plan to bring the community together as collaborators in the process, with a goal of broad involvement – especially of those who are too often left out of community planning processes. We look forward to hearing from you.

As we work toward that engagement plan, listening to the community is our highest priority. We encourage you to let us know how you would like to be involved in the process and to send us your ideas.

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