2017 California General Plan Guidelines

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has been engaged in a thorough
update of the General Plan Guidelines (GPG). OPR is statutorily required by Government Code
Section 65040.2 to adopt and periodically revise State guidelines for the preparation and
content of local general plans for all cities and counties in California. This 2017 edition is the first
comprehensive update to the guidelines since 2003. Legislative changes, new technical
advisories, guidance documents, and additional resources have been incorporated into this new

Major changes include:
• Reformatted sections on the mandatory elements,
including a new section on environmental justice
• Statutory checklists for all mandatory elements
• Updated and expanded sections on visioning and
community engagement
• New sections on healthy communities, equitable and
resilient communities, economic development, and
climate change
• Incorporation of existing legislative changes and guidance
• Links to additional online tools and resources
• Recommended policies in cut and paste format, with
examples of adopted policy language
• Infill compendium
• Renewable energy compendium
• Model template for mitigation of agricultural land
• General Plan Mapping Tool, enabling free, easy access to
helpful data for cities and counties

View the 2017 CA General Plan Guidelines