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General Plan Update

The County is beginning a county-wide, multi-year process to update its General Plan. This update is a unique opportunity to shape the development of Sonoma County for the future, and we need your help.

The General Plan is a policy document that establishes a vision for the future of Sonoma County. It prioritizes, organizes, and directs development and conservation for the next twenty years. It was last updated in 2008.

We Want to Partner with You

We want to partner with you, your friends, family and neighbors to ensure that our future General Plan reflects the diverse perspectives of all citizens. What does being a citizen of Sonoma County mean to you? How can the County improve your quality of life? How can the County enhance public services and infrastructure? Where should people live and work? How will changes in the County influence the future for your children? With your participation the General Plan Update will answer these and many other questions about our shared future.

We want to engage with you in ways that are most convenient for you. Let us know the best way to reach you.

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We hope you will join County’s effort to craft the new General Plan for our community’s strong future.

What is the General Plan?

The General Plan is a master policy document that provides the general framework for all zoning and land use decisions within a community. The plan provides guidance, prioritizes, organizes and directs the patterns of land use throughout the unincorporated County in ways which best serve the interests identified by citizens and stakeholders. The County’s General Plan was last updated in 2008. View the County’s current General Plan.

The General Plan typically consists of a vision of the community’s future that reflects the hopes and aspirations of its citizens. These are translated into a set of policies for the community’s physical development. The general plan bridges the gap between community values, visions, and objectives, and physical decisions such as planning application approvals for development projects.

The plan is required to have at least eight mandatory elements addressing: land use, circulation and mobility, housing, conservation and open space, noise, safety, and environmental justice. In addition to policies that apply throughout the County, the General Plan may include area plans which create more specific policies for smaller geographic areas. This update process would not replace the County’s existing area plans such as the Bennett Valley Area Plan, South Santa Rosa Area Plan, or Petaluma Dairy Belt Area Plan, but may call for new area plans to be developed, or for existing plans to be updated.

For more information, visit the State of California Office of Planning and Research website, which has detailed guidelines for the development of general plans.

Contact Information

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2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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