General plan

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A general plan is the policy of acceptable land uses in each jurisdiction.[1] Each city and county adopts and updates their General Plan to guide the growth and land development of their community, for both the current period and the long term.[2] The General Plan is the foundation for establishing goals, purposes, zoning and activities allowed on each land parcel to provide compatibility and continuity to the entire region as well as each individual neighborhood.[3]

Green General Plans[edit]

Local governments are continually implementing green measures[4] into their general plans to promote community-wide sustainable practices. Introducing green elements and environmental resource elements[5] can help local governments reach goals by lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste, improving energy and water efficiency and complying with state and nationwide standards such as California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

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