A Big Milestone Ahead: DisneylandFORWARD Public Planning Initiative

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DisneylandFORWARD Public Planning

As the City of Anaheim gears up for the next significant milestone in the DisneylandFORWARD initiative, excitement and curiosity bubble up among the community and Disney fans alike. Scheduled for February 26th at 5pm PST, the upcoming DisneylandFORWARD Public Planning Workshop marks a pivotal moment in the Planning Commission Meeting calendar. This gathering isn’t just a meeting; it’s a beacon for community engagement, offering a unique opportunity for locals to learn, interact, and voice their opinions on a project that promises to reshape the landscape of Anaheim’s beloved Disneyland Resort.

A Meeting of Minds and Visions

The workshop is more than an agenda item; it’s a dialogue between the city, Disneyland, and the community. City staff are poised to unveil a comprehensive presentation detailing the project’s nuances, including proposed changes to specific plans, zoning codes, and the intricacies of the development agreement terms. Not to be outdone, Disneyland will also step into the spotlight, sharing their vision and plans. This exchange sets the stage for a robust Q&A session, allowing the Planning Commission to probe deeper into the proposals, followed by a segment dedicated to public comments. It’s democracy in action, a testament to the value placed on community input in shaping the future of Anaheim’s crown jewel.

DisneylandFORWARD: A Glimpse into Tomorrow

At the heart of this public planning odyssey is the DisneylandFORWARD project, a visionary blueprint for the continued growth and evolution of The Disneyland Resort. Spearheaded by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S., Inc., the initiative seeks to transcend traditional boundaries, enabling a fluid transfer of permitted uses across the sprawling Disneyland Resort Specific Plan (DRSP) No. 92-1 and the Anaheim Resort Specific Plan (ARSP) No. 92-1. This strategic maneuver is not just about reshuffling the deck; it’s about unlocking new possibilities, fostering innovation, and ensuring the resort remains a dynamic beacon of joy, imagination, and wonder for generations to come.

The Road Ahead: Rezoning for Growth

The current focus of DisneylandFORWARDis a comprehensive rezoning effort, a foundational step towards realizing the project’s ambitious goals. This collaborative endeavor between the City of Anaheim and Disneyland is crystallized in a development agreement, a covenant that underscores Disneyland’s commitment to the city’s prosperity. With a promise to invest a minimum of $1.9 billion over the next decade—and an additional $2.5 billion to sidestep penalties—Disneyland is not just dreaming big; they’re putting their money where their magic is.

Charting the Course: From Workshop to Council Chambers

The journey from workshop to realization is meticulously planned, with the next steps clearly laid out. Following the Planning Commission workshop, the roadmap includes a Planning Commission hearing in March, paving the way for two decisive City Council hearings in April and May. Each milestone is an opportunity for dialogue, decision-making, and progress, moving the DisneylandFORWARD project from concept to reality.

Join the Conversation

As the DisneylandFORWARD public planning initiative unfolds, it beckons the community to be part of a transformative journey. Whether you’re a lifelong resident, a Disney fan, or simply someone who believes in the power of community-driven development, your voice matters. The February 26th workshop is not just an event; it’s a chance to be part of history in the making. So mark your calendars, prepare your questions, and get ready to contribute to the magic and legacy of Disneyland in Anaheim.

In the spirit of progress, innovation, and community partnership, the DisneylandFORWARD public planning initiative is more than a project; it’s a promise of a brighter, more enchanting future for Anaheim and beyond. Join us as we embark on this exciting journey together, shaping the destiny of The Happiest Place on Earth for decades to come.

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