The City of San Mateo is committed to including all community members in the General Plan Update and has established the following goals and objectives to guide public outreach:
Since Fall 2018, the City has received input from over 3,000 participants or organizations representing various under-represented community members by:
Moving forward the City will build upon this outreach and introduce new public engagement tools given the COVID-19 pandemic. As of February 2021, large gatherings are still prohibited under County health orders. For future community engagement, the City intends to rely primarily upon virtual events and activities. This includes utilizing a range of online interactive engagement tools, online surveys, virtual town halls, virtual workshops, virtual General Plan Subcommittee meetings, and working with Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC) on broadening outreach to diverse and underrepresented groups in the community.
Once public health officials determine it is safe for large group gatherings, people may still be hesitant to come together. It is likely that the City will need to rely on both online engagement and in-person events once it is safe to do so. If you have not already done so, please sign up for email updates.