Mintier Harnish is currently leading a multi-disciplinary consulting team to craft the City’s New General Plan and Housing Element. The Update is focused on engaging the community, economic growth, fiscal sustainability, preserving community assets, and transforming and revitalizing infill areas. The City of Gilroy is located on the periphery of the Bay Area, but still strives to maintain its small-town character. The Mintier Harnish team is working to ensure a balance between these sometimes competing factors throughout the visioning and alternatives processes. The New General Plan will include policies and programs that improve the health and quality of life for residents, visitors, and workers. The Plan will focus future land use, development, and conservation concepts on complete streets and active transportation principles, healthy food initiatives, safe routes for children and seniors, and community resiliency strategies that promote a sustainable future and prepare Gilroy for the future risks and impacts of climate change. (Photo Credit: Lora Schraft)