||EAST BAY REGIONAL PARK DISTRICT PLANNING|
|The East Bay Regional Park
District planners should explain what Master Plan provisions needs
revision, and why? They should explain what the goals are, and
offer a credible, coherent, mechanism for soliciting public opinion.
|Master Plan revisions
should be based on a set of priorities which: (a) emphasize the
intrinsic value of open space, and the necessity of employing a
thorough understanding of ecological principles, (b) demonstrate that
they recognize good planning depends on informed opinion from the
public who own and use the parklands, and (c) assert that recreational
needs should be accommodated in ways that do not diminish the natural
and cultural resources found within East Bay District parklands.
||Such planning implies (1)
knowing what those resources are, and (2) good resource analysis will
||Future planning should
reflect these priorities. Proposals should not eliminate the
existing planning processes nor the Land Use Development Plans (LUDP),
nor should they eliminate park classifications and the restrictions
that go with them. To do that would open up all park land for any
kind of use, resulting in less public review in the short run, and the
increasing controversy in the long run.
System (GIS) mapping should be done on an park-by-park basis within the
parkland classification system. The classification system may
need revision, however, these revisions should be modified and revised
rather than eliminating these concepts.
|Park planners first
priority should be the preservation of the park's natural
resources. That is the most important objective of any
park. Planning should be on a park-by-park basis, so the public
knows what is intended for each of the parks. District-wide maps
rather than a Master Plan are adequate.
|The park classification
system should define which uses are/are not allowed within a park,
depending on its designation.
|The Federation of
Outdoor Clubs, its Members and Member Clubs supports this view of park
planning, and recommends that public input into the Park Planning
process be retained.
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