In June 2006, the City of Manhattan Beach began a community driven process, called the Facilities and Open Space Strategic Plan (FSP), with the goal of creating a long-term vision for community and recreation facilities throughout the City. The City began this effort because several community facilities are nearing, or have reached, the end of their useful lives in terms of the physical condition of the buildings and the space available for community programs.
The FSP planning process consisted of over 80 meetings with community groups, monthly meetings with a citizen’s steering committee, review of documents, lots of on-site research, professional planning and architectural guidance, and the regular active involvement of the City Council and staff. The result of this process was the creation of the Facilities Master Plan (PDF), a long-term vision that provides a flexible road map showing the most ideal placement and sizing for our future community facilities as we are able to replace and update our current facilities.
The Facilities Master Plan was reviewed and endorsed by the citizen's steering committee during their 13th meeting on September 24, 2007. Following the endorsement from the steering committee, the Master Plan was reviewed and approved for final adoption by the City Council on March 4, 2008.
Through the FSP planning process and subsequent outreach including statistically relevant polling conducted through the Lew Edwards Group (PDF), the Manhattan Beach Library was identified by the residents as the top priority for facility improvement. We are currently working on a fiscally responsible plan that will address our library needs and will provide an update as that plan is developed and approved.