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General Plan Update

The City of Martinez is updating its General Plan. Each city (and county) in California must prepare and adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the city. The California Supreme Court has called the general plan the “constitution for future development.” The City of Martinez General Plan is intended to do much more than merely meet legal requirements. The City’s General Plan exists as the community’s statement of its fundamental values and as a shared vision for its future development. It is intended to articulate how the citizens of Martinez view the community now and in the future, and, most importantly, how the community intends to deal with current and future planning and development issues.

The General Plan must cover the following elements (or topics): land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, noise, and safety. In addition, local agencies may cover other topics of local concern. These can be included in specific elements (termed “optional elements” in State law) or may be addressed in other ways within required elements of the general plan. General plans are also required to be fully integrated and in conformance with the State’s climate action planning requirements.

Much of the existing Martinez General Plan was adopted in 1973. After almost four decades of use, it is appropriate to re-evaluate the scope and content of the City’s General Plan. State standards, legal requirements, and professional practices for preparing general plans have evolved over the past decades and conditions have changed significantly, both locally and within the region. Also, with more limited City resources, service level decisions have become more challenging than ever. For these reasons alone, there is a need to evaluate and update the City’s existing General Plan policies and programs.

A Task Force, similar to the one assembled for the update to the City’s Housing Element, was formed to oversee the development of a new General Plan. Task Force members play a key role in the process and provide a valuable service to the community. The members represent the different interests and geographic areas of the City.  The task force met 20 times from June 2010 through April 2012. The last meeting of the Task Force took place on April 25, 2012.   As part of the outreach process the city also conducted outreach meetings such as Downtown Matters and surveyed the community at large. 

Staff is currently working on the preliminary draft and Draft EIR.  The documents will be circulated for review in the summer 2015, followed by various public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council. For more information about the update to the City’s General Plan contact the Planning Department at 925-372-3515.

General Information
General Plan Update Work Program
General Plan Fact Sheet
General Plan & Associated Components Table
General Plan (Existing)
Summary of Community Comments and “Working Vision 2035”
Martinez Community Conversations Report #1

Climate Action Planning
Senate Bill (SB)375 Fact Sheet
Senate Bill (SB)375 Information - League of California Cities

Task Force Meetings 
Meeting Agenda #1 (June 30, 2010)
    Meeting #1 Summary
Meeting Agenda #2 (August 25, 2010)
    Meeting #2 Summary
    Tour Booklet with Maps
Meeting Agenda #3 (October 25, 2010)  
Meeting #3 Summary
Meeting Agenda #4 (January 26, 2011)
Meeting Agenda #5 (February 23, 2011)
       Meeting #5 Summary
Meeting Agenda #6 (March 23, 2011)
Meeting Agenda #7 (April 27, 2011)
         Meeting #7 Summary
Meeting Agenda #8 (May 25, 2011)
        Meeting #8 Summary
Meeting Agenda #10 (July 27, 2011)
        Meeting #10 Summary
Meeting Agenda #11 (August 24, 2011)
        Meeting #11 Summary
Meeting Agenda #12 (September 21, 2011)
        Meeting #12 Summary
Meeting Agenda #13 (October 26, 2011)
        Meeting #13 Summary
Meeting Agenda #14 (December 14, 2011)
        Meeting #14 Summary
Meeting Agenda #15 (January 10, 2012)
        Meeting #15 Summery
Meeting Agenda #16 (February 8, 2012)
        Meeting #16 Summary
Meeting Agenda #17 (February 28, 2012)
        Meeting #17 Summary
Meeting Agenda #18 (March 21, 2012)
        Meeting #18 Summary
Meeting Agenda #19 (April 11, 2012)
        Meeting #19 Summary
Meeting Agenda #20 (April 25, 2012)

Important Links:
Downtown Matters! Making it Happen, Making it Real!

Planning, Zoning, and Development Laws (State of California, Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 2011)

General Plan Guidelines (State of California, Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 2003)