Amanda Carvajal is Executive Director of the Merced County Farm Bureau.
A key component to planning for the future of a community is being able to calculate the needs and wants of future generations.
Since 2006, these factors have been critical for Merced County as they have been working on updating our 2030 General Plan Update (GPU), which is the guiding document for planning in the county. It has been a hefty and financially burdensome undertaking that many in the community have participated in. As this project has progressed much has changed with our economy and environment which has allowed for thought provoking discussions which address our past controversial planning decisions. One constant has been that from the beginning, the community has come out in droves advocating for the protection of agricultural land and for a focus on smart planning.