HERCULES -- A Hercules Planning Commission meeting Monday will culminate in a community workshop to review the Hercules General Plan and Central Hercules Plan with a view to update them and guide future development.

The Central Hercules Plan was first drafted in late 2000, and now some residents and official say it needs to be updated to reflect changing realities.

The purpose of the workshop is to gather community input and formulate recommendations to help the Planning Commission and ultimately the City Council address new projects and developments that may not be wholly compatible with existing, but to varying degrees dated, city plans and guidelines, said Hercules Planning Manager Robert Reber.

Earlier in the meeting, the commission will consider an initial study for an updated housing element and a proposed negative declaration of environmental impact.

The commission also will consider an initial study and proposed mitigated negative declaration for the Franklin Canyon/Fernandez Ranch Project. The Muir Heritage Land Trust wants to integrate the 483-acre Franklin Canyon property with its adjacent 702-acre Fernandez Ranch property to open the site for public use, and reintroduce cattle grazing to improve rangeland health.

The Planning Commission meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hercules City Council chamber, 111 Civic Drive. The community workshop is at the end of the regular meeting's agenda.

The Central Hercules Plan is available on the city website at www.ci.hercules.ca.us/index.aspx?page=197.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760 or tlochner@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner