With the release of Galt's draft General Plan, the community will be asked to comment on just how much or how little it wants Galt to grow in the next 20 years.
The comprehensive document, called Galt General Plan 2030, is a guide to the city's future growth, outlining where and what kind of development should take place within the city limits and land that should be annexed into the city. It also includes traffic and other planning issues.
Several residents interviewed on Sunday said they would like Galt to remain small, although a few maintained it should experience some growth to accommodate better city services.
Whether Galt should become a much larger city or remain close to its estimated 23,000 population has caused rancorous debate over the past several years, especially during City Council election campaigns.
The most recent example is the attempt by Protect Galt's Future to recall Mayor Andrew Meredith and Vice Mayor Donald Haines from the City Council. Meredith and Haines were elected in 2006, which shifted the council's balance of power from pro-growth to slow growth.
The seat of City Councilman Tim Raboy, also a staunch slow-growther, is up for re-election this year. He was not named in the recall attempt.
The public has until 5 p.m. on Sept. 5 to submit comments to Sandra Kiriu, Principal Planner, Galt Planning Department, 495 Industrial Drive, Galt, CA 95632. Comments may also be faxed to 744-1642 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printed copies of the document and a related environmental impact report are available for review at the following locations: Galt City Clerk's Office, 380 Civic Drive; Galt Planning Department, 495 Industrial Drive; and the Marion O. Lawrence Public Library, 1000 Caroline Ave., Galt.
CDs or printed copies may be purchased from the city clerk's office. Call ahead to 366-7130 to ensure availability.