2030 General Plan Policy

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Land Use & Community Character Element

Policy CC-3.5 - The Dunnigan Specific Plan shall achieve the following within the growth boundary:

• Ensure the creation of a centrally located downtown area through the community planning process.

• Locate housing away from Interstate 5 and connect new residential neighborhoods to the Hardwood Subdivision. Smaller lots and higher densities shall be located on the valley  floor, while larger lots and lower densities shall be located in the poorer hill soils. Schools should be centrally located.

• Concentrate commercial and industrial uses between Interstate 5 and County Road 99W.

• Continue to concentrate new commercial trucking uses at the County Road 8 and Interstate 5 interchange.

• Plan future land uses to direct the majority of new trips onto the County Road 6/Interstate 5 interchange, instead of the County Road 8/Interstate 5 interchange. This works to  buffer the interchange of Interstates 5 and 505, keeps dense and intense land uses close to the existing downtown and makes the most efficient use of transportation  infrastructure funds, since the County Road 6 interchange will require improvements regardless of the mix of land uses planned for Dunnigan.

• Avoid biological impacts to sensitive species and habitats, to the greatest feasible extent and fully mitigated where they occur, particularly inside designated critical habitat for  the California tiger salamander.

• Preserve the Tehama-Colusa Canal as Dunnigan’s western boundary and as an important source of future water. Plan for development outside of the federal-designated critical  habitat for the California tiger salamander, located to the northwest. Maintain Bird Creek as Dunnigan’s southern boundary and as an important riparian habitat and open space  area. Maintain the County Road 99W (railroad tracks) as the eastern boundary, with the exception of Old Town.

• Develop an internal road system that directs local trips to local roadways, rather than the freeways, to the greatest practical extent. Plan for multi-modal access between the  communities separated by I-5.

• Reserve locations for future rail stations to promote rail connectivity to other cities.

• Establish a total greenhouse gas emissions objective for all new development in Dunnigan, along with the specific, enforceable actions necessary to achieve the objective.

• Ensure convenient transit service between Dunnigan and other urban areas, provided through appropriate community-based funding.

• As part of the specific plan process, establish and implement construction criteria, infrastructure standards, landscaping requirements, etc. to limit water use under normal  conditions to a specified daily maximum. Use that threshold for purposes of sizing the community water system.

• The need for intersection, ramp interchange improvements, or mainline improvements on the State Highway System shall be identified within the EIR for the Dunnigan Specific  Plan.

• Strive to develop new planned areas from existing neighborhoods outward in a contiguous manner. 

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