General Plan Background

The State of California requires a General Plan include seven mandatory topics, called elements: Land Use, Open Space, Conservation, Circulation, Housing, Noise, and Safety. However, each city has the autonomy to rename, combine, break up, or even create new elements. This allows each city to customize and contextualize the General Plan to better address local needs and conditions.

In Los Angeles, the seven state required General Plan elements have been gradually modified overtime to better fit the needs of our community. While the policies contained in the current citywide General Plan elements remain relevant, the OurLA2040 planning process will review and revise these policies resulting in six new elements to complement the three elements recently updated and adopted by City Council.

 

Each of the six new OurLA2040 Plan elements are replacing policies or updating other plans that comprise the existing City of Los Angeles General Plan. The list below provides a simple way to find the existing policies and related plans that will be reviewed and updated as part of the OurLA2040 project.


Land Use and Economy

Existing PLANS

Framework (1996)

Community Assets

Existing Plans

Public Facilities and Services (1968-1980)

Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources (1969)

Open Space

EXISTING PLANS

Public Facilities and Services (1968-1980)

Open Space (1973)

Conservation

EXISTING PLANS

Infrastructure Systems (1968-1972)

Public Facilities and Services (1968-1980)

Air Quality (1992)

Noise (1999)

Conservation (2001)

Water

EXISTING PLANS

Infrastructure Systems (1968-1972)

Public Facilities and Services (1968-1980)

Resilience

EXISTING PLANS

Infrastructure Systems (1968-1972)

Public Facilities and Services (1968-1980)

Safety (1996)

Housing

Housing Element 2013 - 2021 (2013)

Health

Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles (2015)

Mobility

Mobility Plan 2035 (2016)