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WHAT IS A GENERAL PLAN?
Constitution for Development

Each city and county in California is required by state law to prepare and maintain a planning document called a General Plan. A jurisdiction’s General Plan is an overarching guide to future land use and development.

All land use entitlements, such as subdivisions and new development projects, must be consistent with a jurisdiction’s general plan. In this way, a general plan is often referred to as a "constitution for development”.

Mandated Elements

Seven “elements” are required by the California Government Code (Section 65000 et seq). All General Plan elements are interrelated and must be internally consistent. The County may organize them in any manner.

Land Use Element: The Element provides policies, programs and land use maps addressing the general location, density and intensity of housing, business, industry, open space, education, public buildings and grounds, waste disposal facilities and other land uses.

Circulation Element: The Element identifies policies, programs and the general location and extent of existing and proposed major roads, transportation routes, terminals, and public utilities and facilities. It must be correlated with the Land Use Element and relates to energy and air quality.

Housing Element: The Element provides a comprehensive assessment of current and projected housing needs for all economic segments of the community. It sets forth local housing policies and programs.

Conservation Element: The Element addresses the identification, conservation, development and use of natural resources, including water, forests, soils, waterways, wildlife and mineral deposits.

Open Space Element: The Element details plans and measures for preserving open space for natural resources, the managed production of resources, outdoor recreation, public health and safety, and the identification of agricultural land.

Noise Element: The Element evaluates noise problems in the community and establishes policies and programs to protect the community from excessive noise.

Safety Element: The Element establishes policies and programs to protect the community from risks associated with seismic, geologic, flood, wildfire and other hazards.



PURPOSE OF THE TEHAMA COUNTY GENERAL PLAN
Direction for the future

The purpose of the General Plan Update is to revise Tehama County’s existing General Plan to reflect changing conditions, issues, and direction for growth and development in the unincorporated County.

While many of the County’s General Plan Elements have been amended to address particular issues, the County is now for the first time since the 1980’s conducting a comprehensive review of all General Plan elements.

The General Plan Update will provide a comprehensive review, assess new and changed conditions in the County, and determine what policy changes or adjustments should be made to address land use and development concerns in Tehama County.

General Purposes

The Tehama County General Plan Update process is designed to accomplish several purposes:

  • An open public process will provide the community with information and opportunities for direct involvement in the planning and decision-making process.
  • A background report will provide a description of existing conditions and a foundation for assessing opportunities and constraints to future growth and development.
  • The General Plan Update will provide goals and policies which will be implemented by the County’s municipal code and development regulations relating to land use and resource issues.
  • The revised General Plan will guide County government as well as citizens in planning for the future of Tehama County.
  • The process will work toward a General Plan that complies with state law, is internally consistent, and is easy to understand and use.

 

 

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