What is the General Plan?
Folsom is currently updating its General Plan, which was last updated in 1988. The General Plan is a long-term framework, or “blueprint,” for how Folsom deal with a changing world over the next 20 years, and the update process is an opportunity for the community to refine this “blueprint.” The updated General Plan is now in draft form. Required by State law, the General Plan:
- Prescribes the pattern of basic land uses (i.e., residential, commercial, industrial, open space)
- Sets development standards for density and intensity of land uses
- Sets out standards for public facilities and services (traffic Levels of Service, response times for police and fire, parkland) that affect capital and operating costs and conditions of project approval
- Provides a foundation for annual City budgeting, facility master plans, capital improvement programs, and financing programs
In addition, zoning, subdivision approvals, public works, development agreements, and other actions by the City must be consistent with the General Plan.
This document outlines the steps of a general plan update process, the structure and content of a general plan, as well as the draft vision and guiding principles, the drivers of change, and key planning concepts that have informed the Draft 2035 Folsom General Plan.