Pictured with this commentary is the cover page for the Transportation, Circulation and Growth Management Element ("the Element") from our city's General Plan. Notice the automobiles pictured on the cover roughly circa 1930. Today the maturity and relevance of the Element is just as dated.
State government guidelines recommend periodic updates to the General Plan; the statutes recommend every five years (SB-244). Our Element has been amended only once since 1974, 38 years ago! On page 8, it reads: "The Element acknowledges the constraints of existing conditions but is sensitive to anticipated regional needs of the future" ... meaning 1939, 1959 or 1979?
The Element contains a policy statement specifying what mobility access Laguna provides for our town, but what good is a policy statement that is never implemented?
The Element reads: "Assure that local bicycle routes will be compatible with routes of neighboring jurisdictions." Further, "Evaluate and improve pedestrian safety improvements and or devices at appropriate crosswalks." Also, "Investigate the feasibility of creating a pedestrian mall on Forest Avenue," and more.