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Posted on: December 23, 2020

Review the City of Larkspur 2040 General Plan Draft

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You can now review the 2040 General Plan, December 2020 Draft. The General Plan is the principal policy document guiding the development and conservation of local municipalities and is often referred to as the “constitution” of local development. 

The General Plan also reflects the vision and values of a community. The City's General Plan serves as a basis for decisions that affect the City’s growth and development, relative to transportation, land use, streets and infrastructure, parks and open space, housing and neighborhood character, recreation and community facilities, downtown, environmental resources, public health and safety, and hazards such as wildfire and flooding.  The General Plan is a strategic and long-term document identifying goals and polices that guides and directs the City in terms of implementing policies, programs, and resources.  While serving as an overarching guide for the future, many of the policies and program of the General Plan are implemented through other specific documents, regulations, and programs, such as the Municipal Code, the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP), to name a few.  

To remain effective, a General Plan usually focuses on a time horizon of 10 to 20 years.  The City's General Plan was last completely updated in 1990 and has been subject to several amendments since that time.  Because Larkspur is a largely a built-out community, there has been little change to the long-range development vision of the community.  The community prizes the city’s existing small-town character and its historic downtown and neighborhoods.  However, as perspectives on land use and environmental issues continue to evolve, the City’s General Plan requires substantive update to address new State mandates and the impacts of climate change.  With adoption of an updated General Plan in 2020-21, the City is looking towards a 20-year timeline to 2040. 

the City of Larkspur’s Draft General Plan addresses updates to six of the seven required "elements": Land Use, Circulation, Conservation, Open Space, Noise, and Safety, as required by State law.   However, the Housing Element was last updated and approved by the City Council on May 20, 2015 and approved by the state Housing and Community Development Department on May 28, 2015.  Consistent with State Law, the current Housing Element remains effective through 2023.  The City will initiate update to the Housing element for the 6th Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) cycle in 2021.

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