In California, the General Plan has often been described
as a "blueprint for future growth" or a "constitution for future
development" of a community. The General Plan for Modesto is best
described as "a set of instructions on how to build a city." This
concept is further underscored by our General Plan's full name, the
Modesto Urban Area General Plan.
An Environmental Document must be prepared for a “project,” as defined by state law,
disclosing impacts that are likely to result from the project. In 2008, the City made a
series of policy-related amendments to the Urban Area General Plan and updated the Master
Environmental Impact Report for the General Plan. The Master Environmental Impact
Report describes the various impacts that are likely to occur as the Urban Area
General Plan is developed.
The Housing Element is one of seven state-required parts or "elements"
of a city’s general plan. The Housing Element is a policy document that
describes how the City will address the housing needs of its residents.
It contains housing goals, policies, programs, and resources that will
help to develop, maintain and improve housing. Modesto is currently
preparing an update to the Housing Element.
The draft Housing
Element may be reviewed at the link below. This
document reflects revisions made in January 2016.
For more information about the Housing Element, please call: (209) 577-5267
For more information on Housing Programs, please call: (209) 577-5247
Urban Area General Plan
Master Environmental Impact Report for the Urban Area General Plan
Non-Motorized Transportation Plan
The Non-Motorized Transportation Master Plan was approved by the Modesto City Council in
December 2006 and incorporated into the 2008 Urban Area General Plan. The Plan describes
existing and proposed bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Modesto.
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