The Merced City Council will hold a public hearing on the new general plan and consider changes to employee health benefits at its meeting Monday night.
The general plan is a policy document outlining the community's vision for growth and development. It designates land use in the City and contains 11 separate elements covering policy areas such as noise, open space, conservation, housing and circulation.
The "Merced Vision 2030 General Plan" has been under development for six years. The new plan changes the City’s growth boundary and removes land northeast of Lake Yosemite where the UC Merced campus was originally planned for development.
Options for the council to consider include reducing the growth boundary and eliminating Castle Farms and Mission Lakes from the plan or concentrating the growth around existing developments.
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The council also will consider changes to employee health benefits. Costs for employee health benefits will increase 6 to 7 percent next year. One proposal before the council would freeze the plan for one year while the city shifts to a high deductible health plan for employees. A second option would increase the deductible employees currently are paying. Also on the agenda is an agreement with CodeRED that would provide an emergency notification system to city residents. The agreement sets out the policies and procedures on activating the system. The system is being paid for with grant funding.
The council will be meeting in closed session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss existing litigation and to confer with labor negotiators.
The regular City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the council chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.
The council agenda is posted online at www.cityofmerced.org and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting.