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What's covered in a General Plan?
The General Plan comprises goals, policies, and implementation programs based on the current and future needs and available resources. Once adopted, the Plan becomes the principal tool for the County to evaluate public and private development projects and infrastructure improvements.

State law requires that "each county and city have an adopted General Plan for the physical development within its jurisdiction and any land outside its boundaries which bears relation to its planning”. The General Plan is presented as a collection of chapters, or elements, of which seven are mandatory:
  • Land use
  • Circulation
  • Housing
  • Conservation
  • Open space
  • Noise
  • Safety
In addition to these mandated elements, the County will adopt two other elements:
  • Agriculture
  • Economic development

General Plan Update

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1. What is a General Plan?
2. What's covered in a General Plan?
3. What is the General Plan's relationship to zoning?
4. Why is an update needed?
5. How does the General Plan affect development?

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