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- Public Health & Safety Element Update
Public Health & Safety Element Update
Public comments were requested on the Draft Public Health & Safety Element from December 12, 2022, to January 19, 2023. The document was subsequently revised to incorporate public comments and the direction of the Planning Commission and Town Council. The revised Draft Public Health & Safety Element is now available for public review here. A redlined version of the document that shows the revisions that have been made since the Town Council community meeting on January 17, 2023, is available here.
A public hearing is scheduled with the Planning Commission to review the revised Draft Public Health & Safety Element and make recommendations to the Town Council for potential adoption on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. in person in the Council Chamber at Windsor Town Hall, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400. Interested parties may also participate remotely via Zoom. Information about participating remotely will be published in the meeting agenda once posted on the Town's website.
State law requires all cities in California to include a Public Health & Safety Element as a mandatory component of their General Plans to reduce short-term and long-term potential threats to community health and safety and to foster a resilient local economy and natural ecosystem. The Public Health & Safety Element is required to assess, map, and mitigate various hazards to the community, including seismic activity, flooding, wildfire, and the impacts of climate change.
Cities and counties are required by State law to review their Safety Elements during preparation of the Housing Element Update to determine whether updates are needed to respond to and incorporate the latest California State General Plan Guidelines for compliance with State law regarding climate change adaptation and resilience, wildfire mapping, mitigation, and evacuation routes. The Town of Windsor is in process of updating its Housing Element, so an update to the Public Health & Safety Element is required as well.
The Town last updated its Public Health & Safety Element as part of the comprehensive General Plan Update in 2018. The Town’s current Public Health & Safety Element is found in Section 2-113 of the 2040 General Plan document.