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GENERAL PLAN OVERVIEW

A city's General Plan is considered the constitution of local government for land use and related policy matters. It serves as a roadmap to guide policy actions and development to further the vision for the community. Each local government must adopt a comprehensive, long-term General Plan for the physical development of the jurisdiction.

GENERAL PLAN REQUIREMENT

State law does not mandate how often the General Plan must be updated except for the housing element. State law, however, does require that a General Plan be updated periodically so that it remains a true reflection of a community's values and goals. It should also be updated as needed to update technical information and address locally relevant issues.

The Torrance General Plan includes the following Elements:

  • Land Use Element
  • Circulation and Infrastructure Element
  • Community Resources Element (Open Space and Conservation)
  • Noise Element
  • Safety Element
  • Housing Element

 LINKS TO GENERAL PLAN RESOURCE

The California Governor's Office of Planning and Research
http://www.opr.ca.gov/

General Plan Guidelines

American Planning Association
http://www.planning.org/

California Chapter of the American Planning Association
http://www.apacalifornia.org/

Los Angeles Section of the American Planning Association
http://www.la-apa.org/

California Planning Roundtable
http://www.cproundtable.org/

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