General Plan Guidelines: Required Elements — Designing Healthy, Equitable, Resilient & Economically Vibrant Places

California law requires each jurisdiction’s General Plan to address the mandated elements listed in Government Code section 65302. These include:

  • Land use
  • Circulation
  • Housing
  • Conservation
  • Open space
  • Noise
  • Safety
  • Air quality (some jurisdictions)
  • Environmental justice (some jurisdictions)

This 2017 document created by the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) outlines the content of each element as required by statute. 

Download Chapter 4 of the General Plan Guidelines.