In addition, the plan sets a goal of a 30% reduction in community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 and promotes compact, mixed-use development that’s pedestrian-friendly and transit-oriented.
“There have been some very innovative efforts as part of this plan,” Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy said during the meeting. “It’s well conceived.”
The plan also encourages allowing more condominium and apartment buildings in commercial areas, such as downtown and the Media District.
Traffic mitigation efforts contained in the plan would cost $6.1 million over 25 years and would be funded by transportation development impact fees and other regional transportation funding sources, according to a city staff report.
The plan was approved 4-1, with Councilman David Gordon casting the lone “no” vote.
“This whole document is about being forced to do things that don’t make sense,” Gordon said, adding that he felt the cost of implementation was not well-defined.
Gordon was particularly irked by the idea of building an extensive bike network — especially at the expense of parking spots — which he felt would be underused.
He wasn’t alone among residents who spoke at the meeting.
“Burbank residents are not lab rats, and this city is not the council’s personal play toy,” said Rancho resident Louis Altobelli. “High-density, mixed-use developments that require grants and subsidies do not serve this city’s best interest.”
The plan is “a huge and very costly undertaking,” said Rancho resident Cecilia Wagers. “As far getting people out of their cars? Please, that’s been tried for decades, with no success.”
But city officials said the council would have discretion, moving forward, on changing or developing city codes to implement the plan.
“Adopting the general plan is kind of the start of it,” Forbes said Wednesday. “There’s a lot of implementation that needs to happen.”
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