Arcata Gateway Area Plan

The City of Arcata has released its second draft of the Gateway Area Plan!  View the updated (Oct 22) Gateway Plan here.

This updated Plan incorporated recommended modifications from a variety of City committees as well as public comment submitted since the release of the draft document in December 2021.

In the coming months the draft document will continue to be reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council.

An important clarification for the community is that the newly released Gateway Area Plan is an interim revision of the Plan, which incorporates Committee and public input received as of 9/30/22 that comports with the draft plan. 

Recommendations for changes to the Plan that are either in conflict with the draft or that have competing recommendations are included in a table that will be published separately.

Proposed changes in conflict with the draft have not been made at this stage because there are important discussions around several topics ongoing—i.e. building height/massing and transportation circulation. Staff requires further input and direction from the Planning Commission on these topics before the policy related to them in the current draft is revised. 

The conclusion of these conversations and resulting direction from decision makers will produce in a subsequent revised draft, so please stay tuned and stay engaged as we continue to work through modifications to the document!

  • View our FAQ sheet here.
  • View the first draft (Dec 21) Gateway Area Plan here.
  • Our first public meeting on the Gateway Plan draft was held December 9th, 2021. Click here for the recording.

Key to the effectiveness of the Strategic Infill Redevelopment Program is the "Arcata Gateway Plan", a specific rezoning and re-imagining of 138 acres directly west of Arcata's core downtown Plaza area.

The Gateway Plan encompasses a 138-acre area of land that was once used mostly for industrial purposes. Some of this land has already been redeveloped or adaptively reused, others retain huge potential for investment and redevelopment. This area is located within 1/10 of a mile of downtown Arcata, so the Gateway Plan area holds huge potential for redevelopment.

Current planning regulations prevent large-scale residential development, so the Gateway Plan will establish streamlined permitting for projects in the urban core and strengthen policy, programs, and organizational capacity to protect working forests, agricultural lands, open space, and natural resource lands surrounding the City.


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You can also review the full plan in this 60-minute in-depth informational video below, which can also be viewed on our YouTube Channel here.

Explore the Gateway boundary on the City's public parcel finder by turning on the Arcata Gateway layer (GIS layers>Land Use-General Plan>Arcata Gateway Area).