The Board of Supervisors formally adopted the Countywide Plan on October 27, 2020.
After five years of analysis and public engagement, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Countywide Plan—a new set of plans and tools that go well beyond a traditional general plan for its unincorporated communities and complements and informs the Countywide Vision for all.
The Policy Plan component takes into account all services—not just land-use planning—provided by County Government, while the Community Action Guides communicate the unique values and priorities of each unincorporated community. The Business Plan component will serve as a guide for County decision-making, financial planning, and communications.
Additionally, the County has formalized its commitment to go further than any county or city has ever gone by creating a web-based version of the Countywide Plan with interactive and dynamic maps and content that can be searched and filtered across all of its components. Note: a new beta version of the Countywide Plan website will be posted soon that reflects even more features than before!
COUNTYWIDE PLAN DOCUMENTS
[Update: the final adopted documents were posted to countywideplan.com in December and incorporated minor adjustments directed by the Supervisors during the adoption hearing.] You can visit the Library section of the Countywide Plan for links to download all of these documents (including past draft documents), or read below for more information and individual links.
- Policy Plan
- Business Plan – Governance Element & Implementation Plan
- Community Action Guides
- Environmental Documents
Policy Plan. The County Policy Plan is an update and expansion of the County’s General Plan for the unincorporated areas. In a new approach to county planning, it will also address supportive services for adults and children, healthcare, public safety, and other regional county services provided to both incorporated and unincorporated areas.
Click here to access the Policy Plan.
The Business Plan directs the integration of Countywide Plan goals, policies, and actions into the way the County operates and develops its budget. The Business Plan consists of a policy-based governance element and an action-oriented implementation plan, and two new implementation tools: a tracking and feedback system and fiscal analysis model. While the implementation tools will be finalized during the first year after adoption, the County has developed its Governance Element and Implementation Plan.
Governance Element. The Governance Element attempts to capture and preserve the existing way in which the County provides consistent, transparent, effective, and accountable governance for future leaders and the public. The Governance Element lays the foundation for County leadership, decision-making, and operational processes.
Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan identifies the key next steps (immediate, short-term, and mid-term) the County needs to take to implement the various aspects of the Countywide Plan. The actions include initiatives by the County as well as decisions that involve public and private development projects, investments, and programs.
Click here to download the Governance Element and Implementation Plan.
COMMUNITY ACTION GUIDES
The County released revised drafts of the Community Action Guides (CAGs) in early 2019. For most communities, the 2019 Draft remains unchanged and is the version that was accepted by the Board of Supervisors. Minor changes were or will be made to some CAGs based on continued input from community members. For these communities, the 2020 Draft represents the latest version.
Click here to access the latest Community Action Guides.
Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). The County received dozens of substantive comments on the Draft EIR released in June 2019. These comments were carefully reviewed and additional analysis was conducted to ensure the County could respond appropriately. The Final EIR contains copies of the public comments, the County’s responses, and a description of the corrections/changes to the Draft EIR.
Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP). CEQA requires that when making findings regarding significant impacts, the County adopt a reporting or monitoring program for changes made to the project or conditions of project approval, adopted in order to mitigate or avoid significant effects on the environment.
Findings of Facts and Statement of Overriding Considerations (FOF/SOC). CEQA requires the County to adopt Findings of Facts and a Statement of Overriding Considerations when it chooses to approve a project that may result in significant and unavoidable impacts.
Click here to access the FEIR, MMRP, and FOF/SOC.