General Plan: A General Plan is the City's guide for its future growth and development. Every city is mandated by the state of California to adopt a General Plan. The lifespan of a General Plan is typically 20-30 years and must be updated periodically. The General Plan is required to cover seven topics called elements, such as Land Use, Housing and Safety.
General Plan Framework: An element of the City's General Plan that states the goals and policies on a number of topics related to growth and services. All General Plan Elements need to be consistent with the Framework.
Community Plan: A component of the Land Use Element. It focuses on a particular area or community within the City. (e.g. South LA Community Plan.)
Land Use: Land Use designates the general location and intensity of the different uses of land, such as residential, industrial, commercial and open space. Each land use designation has a list of corresponding zones.
Zoning: Zoning determines the uses permitted on a parcel and provides regulations for development including height, bulk and setbacks.
Implementation Tools Overlay: Zones or plans that will be in addition to the zoning regulations and will be a part of the Community Plan that will make sure the goals of the plan are met when new development takes place.
Transit Oriented Development: Development that is located near transit. The City’s General Plan encourages locating new housing and businesses near transit as a way to give people the option of using transit and getting around by travel means other than a car (e.g. walking, bicycle, public transportation).