General Plan

San Carlos General Plan Update

In October 2007, the City Council initiated a General Plan Update concluding in October 2009 with the adoption of the 2030 General Plan and Climate Action Plan. A 14-member General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) was appointed representing a cross section of the community and interest groups. The GPAC held 46 public meetings, including 26 regular meetings and 20 subcommittee meetings where in-depth deliberation and formulation of a draft General Plan was conducted. Community input was sought at a "visioning" youth workshop attended by 60 youth and a visioning workshop attended by 67 citizens. In addition, one building community forum, two community forum speaker events, two housing public forums, one community land use workshop, and one Climate Action Plan public forum were also held. A regular newsletter was created with automatic distribution to 6,000 email subscribers and for viewing on our website.


During the GPAC deliberations, four study sessions and two public hearings at the Planning Commission level and four City Council study sessions and one public hearing were held at significant milestones in the process.

GPAC recommendations were the basis of a draft General Plan. Between July and October 2009, the General Plan, Climate Action Plan and the Environmental Impact Report for these documents were received at two study sessions and three public hearings of the Planning Commission and one study session and two public hearings of the City Council.

San Carlos General Plan: Envision 2030 - Adopted (October 12, 2009)

The General Plan establishes a framework for how our city will grow and change over the next two decades. It establishes goals, policies and actions that will guide growth, conservation and enhancement in San Carlos over the next 20 years. In California, General Plans serve as the “Constitution” for all future development in cities. The General Plan update was a two-year process adopted by the City Council in October 2009 resulting in the San Carlos General Plan: Envision 2030.