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About the Plan 

About the Plan

The City of Santa Maria is undertaking a multi-year effort to update their General Plan, conduct environmental review in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and ultimately establish strong and visionary policies that support economic development, sustainability, and improved quality of life in the City.

A General Plan is a policy document required by State law that provides long-range guidance for land use, development and other City issues such as economic growth, open space, conservation, affordable housing and employment. The updated Santa Maria General Plan will serve as a blueprint of the City's vision for the future. The General Plan also offers an opportunity for the community to engage in the planning process and to help define the long-term needs of residents, businesses, and employees.

What will the General Plan Update cover?

The Santa Maria General Plan Update will cover topics that are important to the community including those mandated by State law. These include: Land Use + Community Design, Circulation + Mobility, Safety, Health and Environmental Justice, Conservation/Open Space, Noise, Public Facilities and Services, Economic Development, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Analysis. 

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