New opportunity for teenage voices

Brian Chang, News Editor

After over 20 years of operating under its former plan, the city of Diamond Bar is assembling a committee to create a new General Plan.

As required by state law, every city and county in California must create and maintain a General Plan, which serves as a guide for the city for around 20 to 25 years, after which it must be updated. Committees such as the Planning Commission and the City Council refer to the plan when making decisions on a variety of topics, such as land use. Diamond Bar’s previous plan was last revised in 1995, though some elements of it were added in 2013.

As part of the renewal process, the City Council is accepting applications from those who wish to be a part of the General Plan Advisory Committee, a group of 15 individuals that provide input as the plan is modernized. According to the Diamond Bar website, members research potential problems within the community and provide analysis on potential solutions and policies. Members are also encouraged to share their personal vision for the city.

If chosen, one must serve on the committee for three years and attend meetings and activities throughout the duration. All residents and business owners in Diamond Bar at least 16 years old may apply by submitting an application to the City Clerk’s office, mailing one to City Hall, or digitally submitting an application to [email protected] before Sept. 15. Applications can be found online at or picked up at City Hall or the Diamond Bar Center.