What is a General Plan?

California law requires that each county and city in the state develop and adopt a General Plan. The General Plan consists of a statement of development policies and includes a diagram or diagrams and text setting forth objectives, principles standards, and plan proposals. It is a comprehensive long-term plan for the physical development of the county or city. In this sense, it is a "blueprint" for development.

The General Plan must contain seven state-mandated elements. It may also contain any other elements that the legislative body of the county or city wishes to adopt. The seven (7) mandated elements are: Land Use, Open Space, Conservation, Housing, Circulation, Noise, and Safety. The General Plan may be adopted in any form deemed appropriate or convenient by the legislative body of the county or city, including the combining of elements.

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1. What is a Local Coastal Program?
2. What is a General Plan?
3. How do I find out what my property is zoned?
4. What are setbacks? What are the setbacks for my property?
5. Where am I permitted to place a storage shed or shop (accessory structure) on my property?
6. Can I build an addition to my home?
7. How many parking spaces do I need?
8. What can I do with my property?
9. Who should I call if I have questions regarding property within Half Moon Bay City Limits?
10. What is being built in Half Moon Bay?
11. When is a sign permit required?
12. How many chickens & roosters may I have on my property?
13. How many pets may I have on my property?
14. What is the size of my property?
15. Is my property in a floodplain?
16. What is the process for a person to receive a Planning Director or Planning Commission agenda in the mail?
17. When do Community Development Director and Planning Commission Meetings Occur?
18. What is a Coastal Development Permit (CDP)? What is the process for a CDP?
19. What do I need to do to operate a business at my residence?
20. Can I place a second dwelling unit on my property?
21. How much are application fees?
22. How high can my fence be?
23. Can eaves, decks, and other similar things project into my property setbacks?
24. How much signage is my business allowed?