What is a General Plan?

State law requires that each city in California adopt and maintain an "up-to-date" general plan. A general plan is a city's blueprint, or constitution, to manage change and preserve community character. General plans help shape and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses. Generally, cities update their general plans every 10 to 15 years.

A general plan is more than just a policy document - it reflects the vision, values, and priorities of a community. It defines what is unique and special that should be preserved and identifies strategic ways to improve a city's quality of life. Because a general plan impacts so many members of the community - residents, visitors, business owners, and more - the process of updating a general plan is a unique opportunity to come together as a community to develop a shared vision for the future.

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1. What is a General Plan?
2. What topics will this General Plan Update cover?
3. Why is the City of Ojai updating its General Plan?
4. How long will the planning process take?
5. Who should get involved in the General Plan Update?
6. How to Get Involved?
7. Want to stay updated on the project?
8. Any other questions?