A general plan is the planning guideline for the future of a city. It contains goals and policies that regulate urban development, the protection of the natural environment, and public safety. It reflects the community’s long-term vision, and provides the perspective to judge day-to-day decisions by these future goals.
The general plan is used by the City Council and the Planning Commission in considering land use and planning-related decisions, and guides future funding decisions. City staff refer to the general plan on a daily basis administering and regulating land use and development activity. The plan also enables citizens and those seeking to develop property to understand San Mateo’s values and objectives.
All California cities and counties are required by the State of California to have a general plan. State law requires the general plan to address seven specific topics (elements): Land Use, Housing, Circulation, Open Space, Conservation, Noise and Safety.
On October 30, 2017, the City Council provided direction to staff to initiate the update of the General Plan including the hiring of consultants to assist city staff with the multi-year effort.
On April 16, 2018, the Council approved the Agreement with PlaceWorks, Inc. for consultant services.
On May 21, 2018, the City Council reviewed the draft public participation plan for the General Plan update effort, which will include coordination with the Downtown Plan Update effort, and provided direction for the formation of the General Plan Subcommittee.
On June 18, 2018, the Council approved the composition and appointment process for the subcommittee.
On August 6, 2018, the Council finalized the appointment of the seven member General Plan Subcommittee.