Strategic Infill Redevelopment Program


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  1. What is the SIRP?
  2. Get Involved
  3. General Plan Updates
  4. Arcata Gateway Plan
  5. Arcata Infill Market Study

The purpose of the Strategic Infill Redevelopment Program is to align the City’s policies with the needs of the community and available resources, so Arcata’s housing and economic development needs can be met in the future. 

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This program is a large-scale planning effort that will result in development of new programs to support housing and economic development, the adoption of an Area Plan, amendments to the General Plan, targeted rezoning to accommodate greater housing densities, and the required environmental review of these efforts. 

The Strategic Infill Redevelopment Program (or SIRP) is not a physical plan but an over-arching “umbrella” effort, similar to another pre-existing regulatory structure-the California Coastal Commission’s Local Coastal Program-which contains both a Land Use Plan, and measures to implement the Plan (in Arcata’s case, the Coastal Land Use and Development Guide). Similarly, the Infill Redevelopment Program will include new high-level policy guidance (Arcata Gateway Area Plan), updates to existing guidance (the Land Use and Growth Management Elements of the General Plan, among others) and measures to implement these policies (form-based code regulations, other Land Use Code updates to permit higher density, etc.).

This program will:

  • Create a new vision statement for the City and a new set of strategic programs to implement over the next 20 years.
  • Result in creating a well-balanced housing infill development program that meets Arcata’s current and future housing needs.
  • Ensure the continued preservation of working forest-land to the east and agricultural bottomlands to the west of the City by concentrating development in and around downtown Arcata.
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