What is the Community Plan?
Community Plans provide the detail of a city’s General Plan, on the basis of which, the state authorizes the city to make planning decisions about the uses of land. It details where residential and commercial uses will be permitted, rules about size, appearance and public access, roads, etc.
A General Plan is a statement about the historical and environmental features of a city and its future development, including a map setting forth goals and policies. It’s a plan for physical development of the jurisdiction: a “blueprint” for development. A General Plan includes the Community Plans for communities within the city’s jurisdictional boundaries.
The General Plan contains seven state-mandated elements and other elements at the discretion of the jurisdiction.*
Conservation: Environment and Energy Efficiency
Housing a Predictable Mix of Incomes
Circulation: Roadways and Public Transportation
Safety: Policing, Design for Catastrophic Response
* Cities include additional elements in their general plans, often motivated by availability of funds from state and federal legislation and also bond issues for transportation, health, education, welfare, renewable energy, and so on.