is a General Plan?
The General Plan is the City's comprehensive
policy document that defines the type, amount and location of future
growth and development within the City and forms the basis for the
City's planning activities.
The General Plan sets forth the goals, policies, and directions
the City will take in managing its future. The General Plan is the
citizens’ “blueprint” for development; the guide
to achieving its vision. California law requires each local government
to adopt a local General Plan, which must contain at least seven
“elements”, also referred to as chapters or topics:
• Land Use
• Open Space
Land Use – The Land Use
chapter is the key chapter in the General Plan in that it designates
the location, general density and use of the land for housing, commercial,
industrial, public facilities, open space and other uses. This topic
also includes a Land Use Map that shows the distribution of the
various land uses.
Transportation– This chapter
indicates the location and size of existing and proposed streets,
bikeways, bus and other fixed transit routes, railroads, and other
mobility systems. This chapter must also correlate with the Land
Housing – This chapter
has been recently adopted, and will not undergo a comprehensive
update. However, existing issues will be reassessed in order to
identify an affordable housing strategy for the City.
Conservation – This chapter
addresses the conservation, development, and utilization of natural
resources including water, soils, natural gas and oil, plants and
animals, and air.
Noise – This chapter identifies
noise problems within a community. Current and projected noise volumes
that contribute to the noise levels within the community, including
noise from streets, airports and air traffic, industrial plants,
railroads, and other ground stationary noise sources, are analyzed
and quantified. Noise contours are used for establishing the pattern
of land uses within the Land Use Element in order to minimize exposure
Open Space – This chapter
includes the identification and preservation of parks, open space,
and other recreational opportunities.
Safety – This chapter
plans for the welfare and safety of the citizens and their property
by identifying and mitigating potential effects of natural and man-made
disasters including, but not limited to, earthquakes, flooding,
fires, and airplane crashes.
Optional – Optional chapters
to address specific areas of concern to the community, such as Design,
Air Quality, or Economic/Fiscal, may also be included in addition
to, or incorporated with, the seven mandatory topics. State law
allows the flexibility of combining topics or adding additional
discussion as long as the content requirements of the mandatory
chapters are met.
Goals and policies will be adopted for each of the seven topics
(and possibly others) along with implementing strategies and programs.
These will be developed by the City, public agencies, and residents
of Inglewood. It is important for all of these parties to work together
toward a unified vision of the City in order to create a place where
people enjoy living, working, playing and spending time now, and
in the future.
Why Update the General
The General Plan has become outdated
and no longer addresses the current concerns of the City, especially
as the City has experienced significant growth and change since
the last update.
The current General Plan for the City of Inglewood is outdated.
Six of the seven elements were adopted in the 1980s and 1990s and
have not been updated since that time. As the City has continued
to grow and evolve since the last update, much of the data, analyses,
and policies in these elements do not reflect the current conditions
and priorities in the City. Thus, a comprehensive update of the
General Plan is necessary to reflect current conditions as well
as the community’s vision for development within Inglewood
over the next 20 years.
is the Update Process?
The update process will include the
following steps over a period of approximately two years, beginning
in early 2006.
• Phase I Document Existing Conditions
• Phase II Conduct a Visioning Process
• Phase III Develop a Land Use Plan
• Phase IV Formulate General Plan Goals and Policies
• Phase V Prepare Updated General Plan
• Phase VI Prepare an Environmental Impact Report
Phase I DOCUMENT EXISTING CONDITIONS
The first step in updating a General Plan is to understand where
the community is today and what the major issues are. This will
involve an analysis of the current conditions pertaining to the
City, including its land use, economy, housing, circulation, etc.
This information is compiled into a Technical Background Report,
and will be used as the basis for the formulation of the updated
General Plan and the Environmental Impact Report. The Technical Background Report
was completed in August 2006 and is available for review now.
Phase II CONDUCT A
During this task, the consultants and City Staff will meet with
community stakeholders and the general public to establish a vision
and guiding principles that will be used to formulate policies for
each General Plan topic. An example of a guiding principle may include
the preservation of existing single-family neighborhoods or the
development of walkable commercial districts. These principles will
be based on the issues identified in the Technical Background Report,
and other issues and opportunities determined important by the community
stakeholders and general public. A series of community workshops
and stakeholder interviews will be held throughout the City. Check
the General Plan Events section
for these upcoming community workshops.
Phase III DEVELOP
A LAND USE PLAN
Based on the information from the Technical Background Report and
Visioning Process, an updated Land Use Plan will be prepared. This
will involve identifying areas of the City where land uses will
be preserved, and areas where new development will be targeted.
In areas where new development will be targeted, the Land Use Plan
will specify what types of land uses are appropriate, including
the density and character of uses within these areas.
Phase IV FORMULATE
GENERAL PLAN GOALS AND POLICIES
During this task, goals, objectives, policies and programs will
be formulated for each topic of the General Plan. These will reflect
the issues, planning principles and land use plan from the preceding
tasks. They will also reflect public input, as community workshops
will be held to review preliminary drafts. These workshops will
also be posted in the General
Plan Events section when dates are determined.
Phase V PREPARE AN UPDATED GENERAL PLAN
Based on the input received from the previous
task, a Draft updated General Plan will be prepared. This will be
published for public review, and posted on this website along with
all other General Plan Reports and
Documents prepared throughout this process.
Phase VI ENVIRONMENTAL
The final task before adoption of the updated General Plan is certification
of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). An EIR evaluates the potential
impacts of growth allowed under the updated General Plan on all
affected resources. These resources include air, water quality,
open space, etc. For those resources that will be negatively impacted,
the EIR will recommend ways to reduce or eliminate the impacts.
Once the EIR is certified, the updated General Plan will be adopted
by the City Council.