2050 General Plan Update

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Welcome to the Placer County 2050 General Plan Update webpage!

The County is embarking on the process of updating its General Plan, the road map that will shape the future of the County for the next 25 years. This website will provide information on community workshops, upcoming meetings, documents prepared for the General Plan Update, and opportunities to be involved in the process and provide feedback on this very important project. We invite you to help shape the future of Placer County.

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Overview

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The State of California requires that counties adopt a General Plan to guide their long-term physical growth and development. The General Plan establishes the community’s vision for the future and is an expression of how the community wants to grow and change.

The County’s General Plan was last comprehensively updated by the Board of Supervisors in 1994. By statute, the General Plan is required to be updated periodically. While there is no requirement for how often to update the General Plan, the planning period has traditionally been 15–25 years. Some cities and counties update their general plans as often as every five years, while others update in portions over time mainly due to budgetary and staffing limitations.

On November 29, 2022, the Board of Supervisors directed County staff to initiate an update to the Placer County General Plan. A general plan update provides an opportunity for everyone in Placer County to work together to create a visionary blueprint for the future of our County. Once approved, the Placer County 2050 General Plan will guide the development and conservation of our County for the next two decades.

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Why Update?

A variety of factors contribute to the need to update the General Plan. Communities seldom stand still; they are continually growing, changing, and evolving. The County's General Plan no longer reflects current conditions, nor does it directly address many of the issues now facing the County and the region. 

New laws affecting General Plans have been passed, new social and environmental issues have emerged, and new and innovative planning strategies have been developed. Additionally, the County has grown and changed with significant development and population growth particularly in western Placer County, there have been frequent amendment requests due to development pressure, new growth has strained infrastructure, and housing affordability has become a significant issue. With these changing conditions, priorities have changed.

One significant change has been the 2020 adoption of the Placer County Conservation Plan (PCCP). The purpose of the PCCP is to protect and enhance ecological diversity and function, including aquatic resource functions and values, in the greater portion of western Placer County while allowing appropriate and compatible growth.

The Placer County 2050 General Plan update process will look towards the County’s long-term future to reflect the issues, ideas, and aspirations of today, and plan ahead toward the year 2050.

1994 General Plan


The County’s current General Plan was last comprehensively updated in 1994. The General Plan is comprised of nine (9) elements that provide comprehensive goals and policies upon which the County’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors base their land use decisions. 

The 1994 General Plan laid the groundwork for two specific plans: Placer Vineyards and Bickford Ranch, both of which are currently under development. The Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program (Placer Legacy Program) was also a result of the 1994 General Plan. 

A policy update to the 1994 General Plan was completed in 2013. The 2013 update madeadjustments to reflect changes in conditions and to incorporate state law and local policies and programs. The Housing Element is the only chapter of the General Plan that is required to be updated every eight years by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

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Next Steps

The Board of Supervisors has approved the contract for a consultant team and County staff have assembled an internal County Working Group to guide the General Plan Update. The next major steps in the process will include community outreach and data gathering. Specifically, in the first half of 2024, the General Plan Update will include:

  • Create and implement a robust Community Engagement Plan with in-person and online options. 
  • Meet with incorporated cities, State and regional agencies, special districts, and other stakeholders. 
  • Review all existing Sub-Area Plans and the current General Plan. 
  • Develop a Vision and Guiding Principles based on extensive input. 
  • Conduct an analysis of economic and market conditions in the County and the region. 
  • Collect data and prepare Background Reports on physical conditions, infrastructure, and other relevant topics. 

The outcomes of these tasks will be shared with the public and the Board of Supervisors and will be posted on this website as they are available. 

The entire process to update the County’s General Plan is projected to take approximately four to five years