By Claire Harlin
Affordable housing, safety, traffic calming measures and mass transit were only a few of the issues brought up May 10 at a workshop on the Solana Beach general plan, a state-mandated document that outlines the vision and policies of land use for the future.
Phase 1 of the general plan process is under way, and the workshop sought to give an update and provide input, which will be used to steer the plan. This is the first comprehensive update to the city’s first general plan, which was implemented in 1988, two years after the city’s incorporation. The California Office of the Attorney General recommends that the general plan be updated every 10 to 20 years, and state law mandates that the housing element of the plan be updated every eight years.
Some new states mandates that will be addressed in this update include new housing requirements, climate change initiatives and a San Diego Association of Governments plan to emphasize land use planning and transportation coordination to promote sustainability and offer more mobility options.
For more information on the general plan update process, visit
and click the “General Plan” link on the right column.