If applications for a new influential committee are any indicator, Daly City residents and business owners have a fear of commitment.
The Peninsula’s largest city will update its General Plan — the document that spells out policies and goals for development — for the first time in 20 years, but since March, only 11 residents and business owners have applied for 10 seats available on the committee.
Residents and city officials said the committee would be “influential,” as six resident and community liaisons would work with four business community representatives, two City Council members and the chair of the Planning Commission to steer the city through a two- to three-year update on how the city should be built out.
That two- to three-year commitment has the number of applications barely exceeding the number of spaces available for community members, and the deadline to turn in applications was extended to today to accommodate anybody still considering volunteering, officials and residents said.
Richard Crump, the vice president of the Council of Homeowners and Residents Association, said he was going to turn in an application, but said there were two reasons for the low number of volunteers: the amount of work being on the committee will entail and residents waiting until the deadline to turn in their applications.
“This is more like being a city commissioner where there’s a lot of work involved,” Crump said.
The General Plan Update Steering Committee will meet regularly to offer input and direct policy as the update proceeds. At first the group will develop an overall vision for the city, identify priorities for development and come up with specific land uses for 10 potential development sites in the city, according to officials.
“You’re on the front line of creating the future vision of this community,” said Terry Sedik, the Economic and Community Development Director of Daly City.
But despite the potential to influence city development policy until 2030, people have shied away as the city has made an “extensive outreach effort” with advertisements in newspapers, on the city’s Web site andon Channel 27, City Manager Pat Martel said.
“I’m kind of hard-pressed to find out what other things we can do,” Martel said. “As I go out I keep pitching it and it just hasn’t had a significant impact.”
Residents and business owners have until today to file applications with the City Clerk. Applications can be found on the city’s Web site at www.dalycity.org.