General Plan Overview

The General Plan is the constitution for all future developments within a city or county. - California Supreme Court

The General Plan provides long-term direction for the growth and development of the unincorporated areas of the county. It expresses community values and goals, and portrays the community's vision of the future. The core elements of the plan address land use, circulation, housing, resource conservation, open space, noise and protection from hazards.

The timelines for 2013 and 2014 provide an overview of the completed and remaining phases of the General Plan Update process. The timeline is an estimate and is subject to change, so please check back often.

Why Update the Plan

State law requires that the General Plan be periodically reviewed and revised as necessary. The current county Framework General Plan was completed in 1984 and was designed to cover a 20-year planning horizon. The General Plan is being updated to reflect changes in land use, resource management, community needs, and community values and to ensure that the plan remains consistent with any changes in law that have been made.

The current plan is comprised of 26 different documents, dating from the 1960s to the 1990s. An updated General Plan will unite most of these separate documents into a more accessible and easy to use set of documents.

The update offers an opportunity to improve the county's information base and plan for the county's future needs. The new plan will include updated demographic information (e.g. population, growth projections, and economic indicators) and modernized mapping.

Importance to Me
The General Plan is an expression of the community's values and its plans for growth. Good planning depends on community involvement, and strong communities depend on good planning. With your input, the General Plan will reflect the values of the people who live here.