Merced City Council to meet Monday with Planning Commission about General Plan

The Merced City Council said it will hold a joint study session Monday with the Planning Commission to review the city’s draft General Plan.

The city said staffers have updated the General Plan, which serves as a master plan for the city’s growth and development until the year 2030. The session is a follow-up to a joint session held by the council and commission when the document was being created. The study session will be held at 5:30 p.m.

The council will consider a resolution declaring Merced as a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) City and a request from Sacred Heart Church to close streets around the church on the afternoon of Dec. 12 for a religious procession.

The council also will hold a public hearing on adoption of the 2010 California Building and Fire Codes. There are a number of changes in the codes, including a requirement that all new homes must have a fire sprinkler system, the city said in a news release.

The council will meet in closed session after the study session to consider 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 study session will be held in the same chambers.

The council agenda is posted online at www.cityofmerced.org and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak cards are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the city's website. Cards must be turned in to the City Clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the council.