Carnegie SVRA is revising the General Plan to capture the vision of staff, visitors, and others to develop a document that will guide future park management. The revised document will reflect changes that have occurred since the previous General Plan was developed such as new recreation trends, increases in visitation, new wildlife conservation regulations and land purchases.
Carnegie SVRA was purchased with Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trust Fund monies in 1979. State Parks then went through a planning process for the park and adopted the first General Plan in 1981.
In the last three decades many things have changed. One of the biggest changes is the acquisition of approximately 4,400 acres of land adjacent to the existing SVRA which includes residential parcels and the Alameda and Tesla properties. Other changes include evolving management needs, increasing demand for different types of OHV recreation, changing regulations, and new opportunities for education and interpretation.
State Parks will use a variety of methods to gather input for the Carnegie General Plan. Because there have been so many changes since 1981, State Parks will begin a revision which allows for all aspects of the existing General Plan to be improved. State Parks will gather input from many sources to make sure the vision for the park is captured accurately and that the new General Plan addresses the broad range of current and future planning issues and opportunities.
Throughout the planning process ideas from groups and individuals will be used to create a vision for Carnegie SVRA. New goals and guidelines will be set that address how the park will be used for recreation, determine priorities for maintenance, operations and the management of natural and cultural resources, as well as address a range of other planning topics.
Stakeholder input is vital to the planning process to ensure that the General Plan addresses land use planning and visitor needs for the long-term. Stakeholders include:
- current visitors and potential visitors
- off-highway vehicle groups, environmental groups, and recreation groups
- regulatory agencies
- neighbors and surrounding landowners
- other regional land management agencies
- park staff
The general plan process will provide many opportunities for stakeholder input, review and feedback. A variety of outreach methods such as fact sheets, this web site, public workshops, and surveys may be used. Three public workshops are planned during the development of the General Plan.
California state law requires public agencies to analyze the potential environmental impacts of projects they undertake. Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the revision of the Carnegie SVRA General Plan is considered a “project” undertaken by a public agency (State Parks) and therefore is subject to environmental review.
The CEQA document containing the environmental analysis is called an environmental impact report (EIR). State Parks will prepare a program EIR which is typical for long-range planning and policy documents like a general plan. The draft EIR will be circulated for public review and comment at the same time as the draft General Plan.
After the public review period for the draft General Plan and draft EIR is completed, State Parks will consider all comments, respond in writing to the comments received, and make necessary edits or changes to the General Plan. State Parks will then prepare the final General Plan and final EIR. The final documents will be presented to the OHMVR Commission for review and approval.