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Land use planning tools come in many forms. Specific plans set planning policies for an area in the community.

General Concepts

A document called the “general plan” establishes the overall framework for development. It provides a long-term vision for the community’s growth. That vision includes goals, policies and maps to guide decision-making on zoning and specific projects. General plans cover all land in a jurisdiction.

Specific plans cover smaller areas. They say what land uses can occur in the area. They set limits on how much building can go on sites (known as the “intensity” of development) and what structures will look like. Other topics include plans for public facilities to serve the area and how those will be paid for. Specific plans guide zoning rules, subdivisions, public facilities, and future development agreements for a given area.

Specific Plans that have been ADOPTED:

To Learn More California Planning Guide: An Introduction to Planning in California (Office of Planning and Research, December 2005), available at www.opr.ca.gov/planning/PDFs/CaliforniaPlanningGuide_2005.pdf The Planning Commissioner’s Handbook, League of California Cities, 2005, Chapter 4: The Planning Framework http://www.ca-ilg.org Government Code Section 65350 and following (accessible from www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw Solano Press www.solano.com has a number of helpful planning publications available for purchase

You may also click over a mapped area to view the Specific Plans:

Specific Plans Map Northwest Specific Plan Specific Plans Map Dougherty Valley Specific Plan Crow Canyon Specific Plan ncrsp

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