The Merced City Council will continue its public hearing on the general plan and review a draft ordinance regulating the eviction of tenants living in a foreclosed property at its meeting Monday night.
The general plan came before the council at the Oct. 17 and the environmental impact report for the Merced Vision 2030 General Plan was adopted on a 4-3 vote. However, adoption of the required Land Use Diagram did not get the needed four votes. The public hearing was continued to the Nov. 7 meeting.
The general plan is a document required by state law that addresses the physical development of the City and areas immediately outside the boundaries that affect city planning. It must include specific information regarding land use, traffic, noise, safety, open space, conservation, noise and housing in the city.
In August, the council directed the City Attorney’s Office to prepare a “Just Cause for Eviction” ordinance that was requested by a San Francisco-based tenants’ advocacy group called Tenants Together.
The ordinance is intended to provide protection to people renting a property that goes into foreclosure. The ordinance would eliminate the change in ownership as a legal basis for evicting tenants who are in compliance with all of their obligations.
The council will be meeting in closed session at 6 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. 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.Sun-Star staff