The State of California and the Los Angeles City Charter require the City to create and adopt a General Plan. The General Plan must include certain mandatory topics, called Elements, but each city has the ability to reorganize or include additional topics based on needs and values. Each Element contains a declaration of goals, objectives, and programs that guide and establish the future form and development of the City.
As the heart and foundation of the City’s long-range planning endeavors, the General Plan provides guidance on where and how the city responds to and prepares for change. It is the foundation upon which City Departments and the City Council rely on to determine policy priorities and make informed decisions on projects.
Additional background information on the City’s General Plan can be found here