Welcome to the home page for the Winton Community Plan process. The purpose of this web page is to explain what a Community Plan is, inform people about the community plan production process through publicizing important events and dates, and provide opportunities for direct participation in the planning process – both now and in the future.
Following authorization from the Board of Supervisors, the Merced County Planning and Community Development Department began work on producing a new Winton Community Plan in February of 2011.
What is a Community Plan?
A Community Plan is a document that is intended to guide private and public land use and related investment decisions in a specific community over a period of approximately 15 years. A Community Plan identifies the image and values of a community and provides goals, policies, standards, and guidelines that work together to encourage land uses and investment that advance the community toward its desired future identity and role. Each Community Plan adopted by Merced County implements local values by requiring that new development within its boundary area is consistent with its policies and standards. Similarly, a Community Plan is used as an important reference by Merced County and other public agencies in their review of any project that may be of regional importance (such as a new road).
The process followed by Merced County to produce a Community Plan relies upon the direct and active involvement of the members of that community. Residents are invited to identify community values, strengths, weaknesses, priorities, and opportunities for change. The Planning and Community Development Department uses direct surveys, workshops, meetings and formal hearings to gather this input. The opportunity to become involved in a community plan is open-ended. As long as the County is working on the Community Plan (and has not adopted it) the Planning Department will be pleased to accept any comments or answer any questions you may have.
What You Will Find Here
The purpose of this web page is to keep you informed of important developments in the Winton Community Plan process and provide opportunities for you to participate – both now and in the future.
The following materials are available
Winton Community Survey
: Complete and submit online
Frequently Asked Questions
: Answers to some common questions about the Community Planning process
Ask a Question or Leave a Comment
: Do you have an idea for improving your community, or, have an issue the County should consider? Use the form on this page and send your input directly to the Planner responsible for this Community Plan
Winton Community Plan Calendar
: Events and dates relating to the Le Grand Community Plan process will appear on this calendar, including locations and times.