Q. Why are we updating the General Plan?

A.General plans are typically updated every 20 years in order to reflect a community’s present day values and goals. New opportunities, challenges, and approaches have emerged since the current General Plan was drafted in 1995, and the Inland Empire region has experienced tremendous growth and change. The General Plan now needs to be comprehensively reexamined to ensure that it reflects the community’s goals and priorities for the next 20 years. 

Q. What is an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)?

A. An environmental impact report (EIR) is a detailed analysis of the environmental effects of a plan or development project. The EIR identifies alternatives to the proposed project and presents ways to reduce or avoid environmental damage. Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a general plan is considered a project, thus requiring that an EIR be completed in conjunction with the plan. Community members can provide input at two different phases in the EIR process: in response to the Notice of Preparation (NOP), declaring that an EIR is going to be prepared, and to the Draft EIR itself.

Q. How can I get involved?

A.We welcome citizen participation throughout all phases of the project. Please visit theWorkshops and Meetingspage for details on upcoming events, orcontact us directly with your thoughts and questions. 

Q. What is a general plan?

A.A general plan is a long-term document consisting of text and maps that expresses how a community should develop. The plan is the basis for detailed development regulations in the Zoning Ordinance and decisions by policymakers on public improvements and private developments. All cities and counties in California are required by law to have general plans.

Q. Why is a general plan required?

A. State law mandates that each city and county in California adopt “a comprehensive, long-term general plan.” The purpose is to plan for important community issues such as new growth, housing needs, and environmental protection. Furthermore, the general plan is used to project future demand for services such as sewer, water, roadways, parks, and emergency services.

Q. What goes into a general plan?

A. There are both State-mandated and optional elements that go into a general plan. The elements of the general plan make up the framework for decision-making regarding growth and development in the City. State law requires that a general plan contain at least the seven mandated elements: Land Use, Transportation, Housing, Conservation, Open Space, Noise, and Safety.