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2006-09-12 Board of Supervisors Meeting Summary Notes
DC&E Contract Approval

On September 12, 2006 the Board of Supervisors approved the Scope of Work and a Contract Agreement with the professional planning firm of Design, Community & Environment to complete the Comprehensive General Plan/Zoning Ordinance Update and Environmental Impact Report for Butte County. The term of the agreement is September 12, 2006, through September 30, 2009, in an amount not to exceed $1,593,206.

Design, Community & Environment was founded in 1995 and currently employs 40 people. Their offices are located in Berkeley, California. They have a strong background in comprehensive planning, environmental review, public participation, and Geographic Information Systems. Design, Community and Environment has won both national and local awards for public participation and facilitation.

Design, Community & Environment’s team of specialized subconsultants includes the firms of Crawford, Multari & Clark who would handle the Zoning Ordinance Update; Jones & Stokes, who would handle the biological resources, cultural resources, air quality, and noise aspects of the General Plan; Gallaway Consulting who would handle technical studies and mapping concerning county deer herds; Fehr & Peers Associates who would handle traffic and circulation issues; Bay Area Economics who would handle the Housing Element and economic and fiscal analysis; and, Questa Engineering who would handle issues related to infrastructure, geology, hydrology, water quality, and hazards and safety.

Design, Community & Environment will manage a Public Participation and Outreach Program ensuring that all interested Butte County Citizens become aware of the General Plan Update process and have an opportunity to participate in the process. Design, Community & Environment will also lead all Citizens Advisory Committee Meetings and workshops and facilitate outreach to the incorporated cities within Butte County to promote cooperative planning. Additional area plan workshops are also scheduled for Oroville, Chico, Gridley-Biggs, Paradise, and the Durham, Dayton, Nelson areas. Sub-area workshops will also take place within the major geographic sub-areas of the County, including the valley, foothill, and mountain areas.

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