Public Health & Safety Element Update
The Draft Public Health & Safety Element Update is now available for public review here. Public comments are requested from December 12, 2022, to January 19, 2023. A public meeting is scheduled with the Town Council for community members to learn more and to provide comments on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 6:00 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.