Area Plans Summary

Area plans, also known as community or neighborhood plans, serve to guide decisions about the physical development of a given community or district. These plans allow for specific, local application of the more broad based policies contained in the County General Plan. Because the Government Code (Secion 65301{b)) allows for the adoption of the General Plan as either a single document or a group of documents relating to geographic segments of the planning area, area plans are considered part of the General Plan. Adoption of these plans follows the same process and legal procedures used with any other element or chapter. Also, area plans must be internally consistent and use, to the maximum extent possible, consistent land use categories, terminology and diagram legends.

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