General Plan

To help create the kind of community in which we all want to live, we have to start with a vision. That vision is articulated through a series of land use planning documents that lay out how things should be built. The documents below are used to make decisions about future development and City construction projects.

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GENERAL PLAN UPDATE

The City of Petaluma is beginning the process to update its General Plan, a comprehensive long-term plan for the City adopted in 2008. We are in the initial stage of shaping the plan update process through community outreach and technical analysis.
 
Please visit PlanPetaluma.org to find more information and participate in the planning process. 
 
If you have questions or comments related to the General Plan, send them to PlanPetaluma@CityOfPetaluma.org

General Plan 2025 (PDF)

GENERAL PLAN 2025

It all starts with the City's General Plan. The State of California requires every city and county to have a comprehensive General Plan that serves as a constitution for long-term physical development. The General Plan identifies current and future needs in areas such as land use, housing, transportation, public services, environmental quality, and economic viability. The General Plan is also a policy document that embodies the community’s goals and guides decisions about physical development over the long term. The current General Plan 2025 was adopted on May 19, 2008 and took effect on June 18, 2008.

Planning Staff reviews development proposals for consistency with the General Plan's policies and objectives, as well as conformance to the density and floor-area-ratio standards of site-specific land use designations. To look up the land use designation of a specific property check out our General Plan Land Use Map

The following are additional documents related to the adoption of General Plan 2025:

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Draft EIR – 2025 General Plan PDF (5.6 MB)
Draft General Plan 2025 Fiscal Impacts PDF (558 KB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 2.2-1 Regional Location PDF (1.3 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 2.2-2 Boundaries PDF (514 KB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 2.4-1 Land Use PDF (1.7 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.1-1 Existing Land Use PDF (2.4 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.1-2 Planning Sub Areas PDF (1.9 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.11-1 Viewshed PDF (762 KB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.12-1 Historic Districts PDF (417 KB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.2-1 Study Intersections PDF (1.7 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.2-2 Transit PDF (3 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.2-3 Bike Routes PDF (2.5 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.2-4 Planned Transportation Improvements PDF (3.1 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.2-5 Existing Lane Configuration and Traffic Control PDF (418 KB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.2-6 Existing Peak Hour Traffic Volumes PDF (555 KB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.2-7 Lane Configurations and Traffic Control w/GP implementation PDF (424 KB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.2-8 Peak Traffic Volumes w/GP implementation PDF (559 KB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.3-1 Parks and Open Space PDF (2.2 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.4-1 School Districts PDF (2.2 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.4-2 Fire Response Radii PDF (2.7 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.7-1 Regional Geology PDF (968 KB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.7-2 Local Geology PDF (1.2 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.7-3 Farmland and Soils PDF (1 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.7-4 Groundshaking Intensity PDF (2.9 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.7-5 Geologic Hazards PDF (3 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.8-1 Habitat Areas and Special Status Species PDF (725 KB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.9-1 Roadway Noise Contours PDF (1.3 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.9-2 Airport Noise Contours PDF (1.4 MB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.9-3 Land Use Compatibility Standards PDF (101 KB)
General Plan 2025 EIR – Figure 3.9-4 Future Roadway Noise PDF (1.5 MB)
General Plan 2025 FEIR PDF (1.9 MB)
General Plan 2025 FEIR Errata #1 PDF (100 KB)
General Plan 2025 FEIR Volumes 6B & 6C PDF (21 MB)
General Plan 2025 Implementation and Monitoring Program PDF (2.8 MB)
Revised Draft EIR 2025 General Plan – GHG PDF (190 KB)
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