What is a General Plan?
The City's General Plan serves as a basis for decisions that affect the City’s growth and development such as transportation, land use, streets and infrastructure, parks and recreation, housing and neighborhoods, downtown, the environment, and public health and safety. The General Plan is a strategic and long term document identifying goals and polices that guides and directs the City in terms of implementing policies, programs and resources. As required by State law, the City of Sausalito’s General Plan includes seven chapters, or "elements": land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, noise and safety.
The City's General Plan was last updated in September 1995. The Housing Element was last updated in 2016, approved by the City Council and certified by the State Housing and Community Development. The Housing Element does not need to be updated as part of the General Plan Update.
Why does the General Plan need to be updated?
The General Plan is the principal policy document guiding the development and conservation of local municipalities, and is often referred to as the “constitution” of local development. The General Plan also reflects the vision and values of a community. The General Plan update is an opportunity to refine the existing plan and to identify where improvements or modifications are needed or desired to respond to current and anticipated future conditions. A key aspect of completing the General Plan Update will be to ensure consistency with both statutory requirements, regional plans and policies that Sausalito has adopted, and guidelines for best practices. The General Plan update will present the community’s vision, and examine land use development, circulation and complete streets, the Marinship, economic development, historic preservation, climate change, and other topics of importance to the Sausalito community.
Current General Plan
General Plan Update