Watsonville City Council Selects STP for 2050 General Plan

Watsonville City Hall

At their regular meeting on November 15 , the Watsonville City Council selected a multi-discplinary consultant team led by Sargent Town Planning to prepare the first comprehensive update to the City's General Plan since the 2005 General Plan was prepared in 1993.  Since that time, the City has undertaken many planning studies, including a draft General Plan Update approximately 15 years ago that was never adopted due to a number of technical and legal challenges.  The new 2050 General Plan will be based on that good previous work, on a robust, inclusive community engagement process, and on extensive community design visioning and technical analysis and will bring the City's General Plan into compliance with current State law and 21st century best practices.  Under a separate contract, the City has retained Kimley-Horn Associates to update the Housing Element of the General Plan, and STP will work collaboratively with that team to ensure good coordination among all Elements of the updated General Plan.  Over the past several years - as the urban design lead for the Watsonville Downtown Specific Plan team - STP had the pleasure of getting to know and admire the community.  The entire STP team is honored and pleased to be given this opportunity to continue working collaboratively with the City and community of Watsonville to prepare a visionary and practical plan to guide Watsonville's growth and change over the coming decades.