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Chico will host environmental justice meeting, gather public input

CHICO — Chico is hosting individual meetings to gather input on the new essential environmental justice element in the city’s 2030 General Plan.

The first public meeting is Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Dorothy F. The new Chapman Park, located next to the Johnson Center, will be at 775 East 16th St.

The city will provide a mapping activity where residents can indicate on a map of Chico the areas they consider part of their daily routines – school, exercise, medical care, shopping and work – and how public facilities are provided or not. their needs.

Nick Hart, a Civicspark partner who works with Chico on the environmental justice element, said, “What we’re really trying to do is get feedback from people, and really establish the kind of understanding that Chico How is it doing in these different disciplines? ,

According to the city’s website, the environmental justice element aims to bridge the gap in health and opportunity for exposure to pollution; Access to food, activities, public facilities and a safe environment.

A diagram of the city of Chico showing the root causes of environmental injustice posted on May 18, 2022. (City of Chico / Contributed)

Hart said the city is in its first phase of gathering feedback from the public – to understand the current conditions before it can draft goals, actions and policies.

The city is required by Senate Bill 1000 – 2030 passed in 2016 to create an environmental justice element in agreement with updating its 2022-2030 housing element in the General Plan.

According to Chico’s website, “Senate Bill 1000 clearly specifies how the city should go about pursuing an environmentally sound future—drafting and implementing a plan that covers seven key subject areas. addresses.

“These are: pollution exposure and air quality, food access, public facilities, safe and sanitary homes, physical activity, civic or community engagement, and improvements and programs that meet the needs of disadvantaged communities.”

To provide context to the environmental justice element, Chico created a draft report of the current environmental conditions – of which the city also solicits input – seen at https://chico.ca.us/pod/draft-environmental-justice-current Can go to -Terms-Report.

The city will host a second in-person meeting on June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rotary Centennial Park on Ceres Avenue and Whitewood Way.

A survey is open online until July 1 which can be accessed at https://chico.ca.us/environmental-justice.

“These community meetings and surveys are contributing to our understanding of conditions in Chico,” Hart said.

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