General Plan

For information on active General Plan amendments, please visit the General Plan Amendment page

Background

The General Plan is a set of policies, programs and maps that form a blueprint for physical development in the unincorporated County.  The plan addresses important community issues such as new growth, housing needs and environmental protection.  It's policies are instrumental in planning infrastructure to accommodate future growth.  State law requires that all California Counties and Cities adopt General Plans which include seven mandatory elements (chapters): Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation, Open Space, Noise and Safety.  Sacramento County also has six additional elements: Air Quality, Public Facilities, Hazardous Materials, Agricultural, Scenic Highways and the American River Parkway Plan.   For additional general information on General Plans, visit the Useful Links page or the Planning Glossary.

2030 General Plan

On November 9, 2011, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors adopted an updated General Plan.  The planning horizon of the County’s previous General Plan was 1990 to 2010; the updated General Plan’s planning horizon looks out to 2030.  Key changes from the previous version include a new growth management strategy, a stronger focus on addressing existing communities and revitalizing aging commercial corridors, a new Economic Development Element, and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with state law.

For more information on the history of the General Plan Update process,please visit the General Plan Update​ web page.

​Contacts: 

For questions regarding implementation of the General Plan contact Surinder Singh, Principal Planner at (916) 874-5462 or John Lundgren​, Senior Planner at (916) 874-8043. 

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​Complete General Plan

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​Portions of General Plan -

Elements, Maps, Background, and Policy Documents

A.  General Plan Introduction

  1. Cover Page

  2. Components of the General Plan

  3. Executive Summary

B.  General Plan Elements and Policy Maps

  1. Agricultural

  2. Air Quality

  3. Circulation Element (Transportation)           (Amended 5/28/14) 

  4. Conservation​ (Amended December 13, 2016)                               

  5. Delta Protection Element (Adopted May 28, 2014)

  6. Economic Development

  7. Energy

  8. Hazardous Materials

  9. Housing Element (Adopted October 8, 2013)

  10. Human Services 

  11. Land Use Element​​​  (Amended July 29, 2016​)  

  12. Noise

  13. Open Space (Amended May 28, 2014)

  14. Public Facilities

  15. Sa​fety​ (Amended December 13, 2016)             

C.  General Plan Background Sections

  1. Air Quality

  2. Conservation

  3. Energy

  4. Hazardous Materials

  5. Land Use

  6. Noise

  7. Open Space

  8. Public Facilities

  9. Safety​ (Amended December 13, 2016)

D. Policy Plans Adopted Into the General Plan

  1. American River Parkway Plan
  2. Bikeway Master Plan
  3. Hazardous Waste Management Plan
  4. Pedestrian Master Plan​   (Pedestrian Master Plan EIR)
  5. Transit Oriented Development Guidelines

Final Environmental Impact Report - Sacramento County General Plan Update (SCH# 2007082086)

Volume I - Preface - Chapter 9, Transportation and Circulation

Volume II - Chapter 10, Noise - Chapter 20, Bibliography

Volume III - Comments and Responses