2050 General Plan Update
Welcome to the Placer County 2050 General Plan Update webpage!
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 General Plan no longer reflects current conditions, nor does it directly address many of the issues now facing the county and the region.
An update is needed to keep the plan topical and relevant to changing conditions. Placer County’s current General Plan was last comprehensively updated in 1994. 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.
In 2013, a focused update of the General Plan was completed and adopted. The objective of this update was to keep the county’s plan current by making adjustments to reflect changes in conditions and to incorporate state law and local policies and programs. The targeted update consisted of technical modifications to the policy document, including revisions to diagrams, goals, policies and programs. Land use designations, the land use map or the Capital Improvement Program were not changed in 2013.
One of the more significant changes 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.
- Overview. Audit the existing General Plan’s policies and implementation programs.
- Early Outreach Preparation. Develop methods and outlines for outreach.
- Major Issues. Identify preliminary issues to explore through community outreach.
- Public Outreach. Market the planning effort to increase awareness/participation; reach out to community members and stakeholders for input on focus topics.
- Scope/Financing. Provide the Board with options for the planning scope and budget.
- Recruitment. Recruit a consultant to implement the Board-approved scope.
- Commencement. Begin the update and complete a draft document within four years.