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