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General Plan
What is the General Plan?
Overview

The General Plan is a comprehensive policy document that defines the type, amount, and location of future growth and development within the City and forms the basis for the City's planning activities and its decisions regarding development proposals.

The General Plan sets forth the direction the City will take in managing its future based upon a shared vision for the community.

California law requires each local government to adopt a General Plan which must contain seven mandatory “elements” or chapters, as well as optional elements. These elements include a series of goals, policies, and implementation actions designed to achieve the community’s vision.


The General Plan, also known a city’s Constitution, presents the desires and aspirations of the community with goals and objectives.

Several topics are addressed including:

  • Housing
  • Open space and parks
  • Public safety
  • Governmental services
  • Land use

In addition, policies that are designed to protect the environment are included to reduce or eliminate any negative effects that accompany growth and new development.



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