Where We Were: The Backstory
Since 1965, the City of Westminster has been periodically revisiting its vision for the future. At that time, the community identified the lack of a central core area, poor patterns of land development, lower quality of recent residential construction, the absence of major shopping facilities and limited neighborhood recreational facilities as the issues that required the most immediate attention. When asked, “How would you like to see Westminster develop in the future?,” the community identified the desire for more and better commercial and industrial development, plus the need for preservation and beautification of residential areas as the highest community priorities.
In 1985, the General Plan envisioned an, “economically balanced community through the development of commerce and industry,” and, “an increasingly desirable city in which to reside,” to accommodate a rapidly growing population within the City’s boundaries. The vision sought to continue to improve the community’s image by providing variety in residential types, shopping facilities, and employment centers along with other amenities including a highly functional system of parks, schools, civic facilities and other public amenities.
The City of Westminster’s previous General Plan was approved in in 1996. With the theme, “A City of progress, built on pride,” the 1996 General Plan continued to address many of the same issues identified in prior plans, including image, public facilities, development of housing, provision of open space, infrastructure and community services, public safety and economic vitality of the community. Today our pride continues to grow as a collaborative and dynamic community.
Where We Are
In December 2013, the City of Westminster released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to interested consultants to update the General Plan and to prepare the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to support the General Plan Update. This comprehensive General Plan Update is of critical importance to the City and will require substantial investments of community time and City financial and staff resources because the information provided by the community and the direction provided by the City Council will be used to develop a new vision and priorities for the City’s future growth and quality of life.
After three years of hard work, the Westminster City Council unanimously adopted the 2016 General Plan, including the Implementation Plan and environmental review documents, in September of 2016. The updated General Plan identifies the important issues, challenges, and opportunities facing our city and lays out a framework for how we can address these topics over the next 20 years. We invite you to learn more about the Adopted General Plan and see how your vision for the community is reflected in the goals, policies and actions supported by the City of Westminster community, Staff, and elected and appointed officials. We appreciate your support throughout this process!