Steering Committee

The General Plan Steering Committee (GPSC) serves in an advisory role to the Planning Commission and City Council. It brings perspectives from different disciplines and areas of the Planning Area and will provide input on the project throughout the process. The public is welcome to observe GPSC meetings to learn more about the process. Meetings will be scheduled throughout the planning process—check here for announcements.

City Representatives
City CouncilMayor Pro Tempore Jon Harrison
City CouncilCouncil Member John James
Planning CommissionChairwoman Carol Dyer
Planning Commission
Vice Chair Ken Jeske
Planning Commission
Patrick Wallis (Alternate)

Discipline Area Representatives
Arts & CultureDennis ChristensenJanet Korfmacher
Business/Real EstatePatrick MeyerJ. Montgomery Dill
EducationKenneth Morse, Jr.Reyes Quezada
Historic ResourcesTerry Vines Jr.Donn Grenda
Open Space & AgricultureSherli LeonardShellie Zias-Roe
Parks & TrailsRoy CenciruloJoe Gonzales

Planning Area Representatives
DowntownEric ShampJohn Montgomery
The ColonyRuth CookDaniel Cozad
LugoniaChristine RoqueAndrea Nieman
Highland-CanyonsShirley HarryMichael Gallagher
West EndAnna Marie JaiswalGary Miller
University DistrictDeborah ForthunJudith Ashton
East ValleyRosa GomezSteven Wuhs
MentoneJordan HenkJohn Holland
CraftonRobert Knight

Consultant Team

The City is working with a team of consultants with specializations in a variety of disciplines. Dyett & Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners is leading the consultant team.

Project Status

1. VisioningComplete
2. Data Collection & AnalysisComplete
3. Plan Framework/StrategiesComplete
4. Draft General PlanIn Progress
5. Environmental Impact ReportIn Progress
6. Presentation, Hearings, and AdoptionUpcoming

Purpose and Process

The City of Redlands is embarking on an exciting new project: an update of our General Plan. New opportunities, challenges, and approaches have emerged in the years since the current General Plan was drafted in 1995, and the Inland Empire region has experienced tremendous growth and change. The General Plan update will be a unique and important opportunity for community members to participate and share their ideas about the city’s future.

The General Plan is a policy document adopted by the City that serves as the city’s primary guide for development, housing, transportation, environmental quality, public services, and parks and open spaces. The General Plan update is a collaborative effort between the City and community members to create a vision and a blueprint for development through 2035. It expresses our community’s values and goals, and outlines implementation steps to achieve these goals. Residents have the opportunity to get involved at all stages of the planning process, from the initial visioning and exploration of plan alternatives to the selection of the Preferred Plan and review of the draft General Plan and its accompanying Environmental Impact Report.

In conjunction with the General Plan, we will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which is the environmental documentation that must accompany the plan according to State law. The EIR ensures that environmental opportunities and constraints are identified and incorporated into the planning process, and it identifies policies that can mitigate any adverse environmental effects of other aspects of the plan. The EIR is a public process as well, and we invite your participation and input during this stage of the planning effort. 

Building on our Strengths

The City of Redlands has accomplished a great deal since the adoption of the existing General Plan over 20 years ago. Today, the City of Redlands is known for its unique and historic character, high quality of life, and enviable environment. Successful planning efforts have resulted in the development and preservation of highly desirable neighborhoods. Combined with its distinctive community character and small-town ambiance, Redlands is a great place to live, work, and play. The General Plan update will maintain these positive qualities moving forward. 

Key Issues

Redlands’ updated General Plan will have to address issues spanning all aspects of life in the city. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing Redlands’ future growth
  • Revitalizing Downtown
  • Attracting high quality businesses, housing, and jobs around Transit Villages
  • Addressing areas that are transitioning in character and those showing signs of decline
  • Protecting natural resources
  • Promoting high quality design of buildings and public spaces
  • Maintaining public safety and municipal services

Finally, the updated General Plan must be crafted in a way that is clear and easy to use, and can be efficiently revised to incorporate future updates and amendments. 


The General Plan update process is anticipated to be complete by mid-2017. The diagram below illustrates the phases of the planning process and shows all of the opportunities for public participation throughout. Click on the picture to see a larger diagram.