Documents

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Draft 2035 General Plan

The 2035 General Plan for San Joaquin County presents a vision for the County's future and a strategy to make that vision a reality. The Plan is the result of hundreds of hours of public meetings and the collective efforts of individuals from throughout the county who have articulated their hopes and expectations for the County's future.The 2035 San Joaquin County General Plan is divided into two volumes:

The County is accepting public comments on the Draft 2035 General Plan. Please submit your comments to:

San Joaquin County Community Development Department
Attn: Ray Hoo, Senior Planner
1810 E. Hazelton Ave.
Stockton, CA 95205

Volume 1 - 2035 General Plan Policy Document

The 2035 General Plan Policy Document includes all of the Countywide goals,  policies, and implementation programs that are the heart of the 2035 San Joaquin County General Plan. These goals, policies, and programs address a broad range of topics required by State law and those that address unique local concerns. The Countywide goals, policies, and programs are divided into four topical chapters, or “elements”, including: Community Development, Public Facilities and Services, Public Health and Safety, and Resources.

Part Title
Cover/TOC Cover and Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 San Joaquin County Overview
Part 3.1 Community Development Element
Part 3.2 Public Facilities and Services Element
Part 3.3 Public Health and Safety Element
Part 3.4 Natural and Cultural Resources Element
Part 4 Administration and Implementation
Appendix A Sustainability Policies and Programs
Glossary Glossary


Volume 2 - 2035 General Plan Background Report

The 2035 General Plan Background Report is a “snapshot” of San Joaquin County’s trends and conditions. The report provides a detailed description for a wide range of topics within the Planning Area, such as existing communities, demographics and economic development, land use, climate change, agriculture, housing, transportation and circulation, public services and utilities, natural resources, the delta, scenic resources, recreation and cultural resources, safety, and noise. The report provides decision-makers, the public, and local agencies with context for making policy decisions. Unlike the Policy Document, the Background Report is policy-neutral. Its purpose is to create a foundation or context for making policy decisions.  

Chapter Title
Cover/TOC Cover/Table of Contents
Chpt 1 Introduction
Chpt 2 Community Profiles
Chpt 3 Demographics and Economic Development
Chpt 4 Land Use and Development
Chpt 5 Climate Change
Chpt 6 Agriculture
Chpt 7 Housing
Chpt 8 Transportation and Circulation
Chpt 9 Public Services and Utilities
Chpt 10 Natural Resources
Chpt 11 The Delta
Chpt 12 Scenic Resources
Chpt 13 Recreation and Cultural Resources
Chpt 14 Safety
Chpt 15 Noise
Glossary Glossary
Bibliography Bibliography
Appendix 4A Holding Capacity Methodology
Appendix 5A Climate Change
Appendix 5B Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Appendix 11A The Delta (not available at this time)
Appendix 14A Air Quality
Appendix 15A Noise


2035 General Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report

Prepared consistent with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) analyzes the potential significant environmental impacts of the proposed 2035 General Plan policies and programs and identifies measures to mitigate those impacts. The EIR, to the greatest extent feasible, also evaluates the cumulative impacts, growth-inducing impacts, and irreversible significant effects on the environment of subsequent projects. The EIR is used to evaluate the draft 2035 General Plan, but is not part of the Plan.

The County will be accepting written public comments on the Draft EIR through December 5, 2014, at 5:00pm. Please submit your comments in writing to:

San Joaquin County Community Development Department
Attn: Ray Hoo, Senior Planner
1810 E. Hazelton Ave.
Stockton, CA 95205

Part Section
Part 1 Cover/Intro and Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Part 2 Chapters 3 cont. and 4
Part 3 Chapter 4 cont.
Part 4 Chapter 4 cont.
Part 5 Chapter 4 cont.
Part 6 Chapter 4 cont.
Part 7 Chapter 4 cont.
Part 8 Chapter 4 cont.
Part 9 Chapter 4 cont.
Part 10 Chapter 5
Appendix Appendix A and B
Appendix Appendix C
Appendix Appendices D, E, F, G, and H


Final Land Use Designation Change Request Summary

The Final Land Use Designation Change Request Summary is an inventory of property owner requests to change the land use designations of their properties as part of the General Plan Update. The Summary provides information on each request received to date and evaluates whether it is consistent with the Recommended Alternative. The summary also includes Planning Commission and County Staff recommendations for each request, and the the Board of Supervisors direction on whether the change requests should be carried forward as part of the General Plan Update.


Notice of Preparation to Prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report and Notice of Completion

San Joaquin County will be the lead agency and will prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the adoption and implementation of the 2035 San Joaquin County General Plan Update (2035 General Plan Update), which is a comprehensive update of the existing County General Plan. This Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Program EIR has been prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Section 15082 of the State CEQA Guidelines requires that after a decision is made to prepare an EIR, the lead agency must prepare an NOP to inform all responsible and trustee agencies that an EIR will be prepared. The purpose of the NOP is to provide sufficient information about the proposed General Plan and its potential environmental impacts to allow agencies and the public to make a meaningful response related to the scope and content of the Program EIR.

The NOP review period was from October 9, 2013 to November 9, 2013.
A scoping meeting was held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Planning Commission Recommended Alternative

The Planning Commission Recommended Alternative whitepaper is the result of community input on the Alternatives Report and direction by the Board of Supervisors to prepare recommendations on a preferred growth alternative. The Planning Commission Recommended Alternative is based on professional experience and expertise of County Staff and the General Plan Update Consultants and community feedback gathered during five focus group meetings, 14 community workshops, a community survey, and study sessions with the Planning Commission. The whitepaper describes how the Planning Commission Recommended Alternative was developed, details its key features, and evaluates its potential impacts. It also identifies and provides options to address four major policy issues that influence the Planning Commission Recommended Alternative. The Board of Supervisors will use the Planning Commission Recommended Alternative to refine the County's approach to growth and development, and prepare the updated General Plan policies and land use and circulation diagrams.


Land Use Designation Change Request Summary

The Land Use Designation Change Request Summary is an inventory of property owner requests to change the land use designations of their properties as part of the General Plan Update. The Summary provides information on each request received to date and evaluates whether it is consistent with the Recommended Alternative. The summary also includes Planning Commission and County Staff recommendations for each request. The Board of Supervisors will use the Land Use Designation Change Request Summary to determine whether the change requests should be carried forward as part of the General Plan Update.


Staff Recommended Alternative

On June 14, 2012, the County published the Staff Recommended Alternative. The Staff Recommended Alternative whitepaper is the result of community input on the Alternatives Report and direction by the Board of Supervisors to prepare recommendations on a preferred growth alternative. The Staff Recommended Alternative is based on professional experience and expertise of County staff and the General Plan Update Consultants and community feedback gathered during five focus group meetings, 14 community workshops, a community survey, and study sessions with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. The whitepaper describes how the Staff Recommended Alternative was developed, details its key features, and evaluates its potential impacts. It also identifies and provides options to address four major policy issues that influence the Staff Recommended Alternative. The Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will use the Staff Recommended Alternative whitepaper to refine the County's approach to growth and development, and prepare the updated General Plan policies and land use and circulation diagrams.


Land Use Designation Change Request Summary

On June 14, 2012, the County published the Land Use Designation Change Request Summary. The Land Use Designation Change Request Summary is an inventory of property owner requests to change the land use designations of their properties as part of the General Plan Update. The Summary provides information on each request received to date and evaluates whether it is consistent with the Staff Recommended Alternative. The summary also includes County Staff recommendations for each request. The Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will use the Land Use Designation Change Request Summary to determine whether the change requests should be carried forward as part of the General Plan Update.


August 2, 2012 ADDENDUM to the Land Use Designation Change Request Summary

Newsletter #3: Alternatives

Newsletter #3 is now available! Newseltter #3 summarizes the Alternatives Report, which describes four different ways the County could grow in the future. It is now time for you to help decide how and where the County will grow. Following the description of the different growth options, Newsletter #3 includes a Community Preference Survey that you can use to let us know how you think San Joaquin County should grow and develop or be preserved.

Alternatives Report

On March 3, 2011, the County published the General Plan Update Alternatives Report and the Alternatives Report Technical Appendices. The Alternatives Report describes four growth alternatives that present different future development patterns to accomodate growth in the County through 2030. The purpose of the alternatives is to stimulate a discussion concerning future growth options and to help residents, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors determine a philosophy and course of action to guide future development within the County.

Alternatives Report Technical Appendices

During March, April, and May 2011 the County will be holding Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission study sessions, Focus Group meetings, and Community workshops. The purpose of these meetings is to gather input on a preferred growth alternative to guide the development of the General Plan and future land use decisions. Check out the upcoming meetings and workshops on the Alternatives here.

Adopted Housing Element

The adopted Housing Element is now available.

Draft Vision & Guiding Principles

The Draft Vision & Guiding Principles are now available. The Draft includes input received from the public, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors. If you have comments on the draft, please provide your comments to Raymond Hoo, Senior Planner at 209.468.3164.


Final Issues & Opportunities Report

The Final Issues & Opportunities Report is now available. The Issues and Opportunities Report summarizes the key issues and opportunities that have major policy implications for San Joaqin County. The purpose of the Report is to focus community attention on key physical, environmental, economic, cultural, social, and planning-related issues and opportunities. Accompanying the Report is a Community Profiles summary that provides a profile of defined rural communities, urban communities, and city community areas (i.e., unincorporated "fringe" areas adjacent to city limits).


Final Issues & Opportunities Report (Community Profiles)


Newsletter #2: Issues and Opportunities

Public Review Draft Housing Element


Newsletter #1

1992 San Joaquin County General Plan

Volume I: Countywide General Plan Policies

Volume II: Community Policies

Volume III: Background Reports Part 1

Volume III: Background Reports Part 2