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What is a General Plan?

All properties and land uses in the City are governed by the City's General Plan (General Plan: Community Vision 2015-2040). The General Plan describes the long-term goals for the City’s future and guides daily decision-making. The Cupertino General Plan is a roadmap to the future that encompasses the hopes, aspirations, values and dreams of the community. The time frame of the Plan is 2015-2040. The Plan contains the City’s official policies on land use and community design, transportation, housing, environmental resources and health and safety.

In addition to the policies in the General Plan, different areas of the city have specific plan regulations that are applicable to them. Your property may be subject to the requirements of a Specific Plan. Check which Specific Plan area, if any, you belong to below. 

Which Specific Plan, Conceptual Plan or Special Zoning District?

To find out if your property is part of a specific plan, conceptual plan or special zoning district either:

  • Download Specific Plan Map
  • Contact the Planning Department at 408.777.3308

      Specific Plans
      Specific Plans are adopted for the systematic implementation of the general plan for a defined smaller portion of a community's planning area. A specific plan must specify in detail the development standards and requirements relating to density, lot size and shape, siting of buildings, setbacks, circulation, drainage, landscaping, architecture, water, sewer, public facilities, grading, open space, financing and any other element needed for proper development of the property.

        Master Plans
        Document that describes, in narrative and with maps, an overall development concept including both present property uses as well as future land development plans. The plan may be prepared by a local government to guide private and public development or by a developer on a specific project.

        Conceptual Plans
        Conceptual Plans delineate policies for the development for development of certain sections within the City's General Plan Area.



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      Last updated: 12/1/2016 4:31:54 PM