February 23, 2018

What information does a specific plan contain?

State law (Government Code Section 65450 et seq.) states that a specific plan must in­clude the following information:  (1) land uses, including open space; (2) major compo­nents of public and private transporta­tion, sewage, water, drainage, solid waste disposal, energy, and other essential facilities needed to support the land uses described in the plan; (3) goals and policies by which development will proceed, and the conservation, development, and utilization of natural resources; (4) and implementation measures including regulation, programs, public works projects, and financ­ing measures necessary to carry out 1, 2, and 3, above; and (5) a statement of the relationship of the specific plan to the adopted general plan.

In simple terms, a specific plan will set forth issues, goals, policies, and implementation of programs for development for the area within which they apply.