General Plan Guidelines and Technical Advisories

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2020 Updated Environmental Justice Element   

OPR is required by Government Code Section 65040.2 to adopt and periodically revise the State General Plan Guidelines (GPG) for the preparation and content of general plans for all cities and counties in California. The GPG serves as the “how to” resource for drafting a general plan.

The GPG was last updated comprehensively in 2017, and OPR continues to monitor relevant legislation and new general plan requirements that have become effective since that time. OPR will continue to issue technical advisories that supplement the GPG to reflect new information or requirements.

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