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Revised General Plan 2030 (Update to General Plan 2020)

A general plan is considered “long-term” since it looks 20 years or further into the future. Individual jurisdictions determine a time horizon that serves their individual needs. The General Plan anticipates future conditions and needs into the future as a basis for determining long-term objectives and policies and provides a framework for shorter-term decision making, budgeting and prioritization of implementation programs. Throughout this horizon period, new information often becomes available and the needs and values of a community may change. To adjust to these dynamics, general plans are reviewed and revised periodically. As part of the General Plan 2020 Update, San Ramon is extending the horizon year of the General Plan 2020 by 10 years to the year 2030 since the bulk of the General Plan update process was completed in the year 2010.

The update to General Plan 2020, which began in March 2009, was necessitated by General Plan Land Use Element policy 4.6-I-3, along with Open Space and Conservation Policy 8.4-I-15 which required voter review of the Urban Growth Boundary and Ordinance 197, respectively, in the year 2010. In drafting the update to General Plan 2020 for voter consideration, staff took the opportunity to update the entire General Plan 2020, including updated background information, consolidation of all General Plan Elements adopted to date to ensure internal consistency, review and address changes in community trends and attitudes, include the City’s newest planning area, North Camino Ramon, as well as to reflect recent legislation (SB 375 and AB 32) with the addition of a new Air Quality/Greenhouse Gas Emissions Element. Additionally, the City prepared a Climate Action Plan (CAP) with emission reduction targets in conjunction with the General Plan 2020 update to ensure that the CAP applies to new growth as the update to the General Plan 2020 is implemented.

In May 2010, the City was notified by the Office of Planning and Research of the need to update our General Plan 2020. State Law specifies that a city update their general plan on a regular basis to reflect new legislation and respond to any changes in a city’s vision or attitudes and to ensure that the plan is current. The update to the General Plan 2020 recommended for voter consideration last July maintained the overall tenets approved by the Voter’s in 2002. With the loss of Measure W in last November, and as required by State law, the City still needs to proceed with updating the General Plan 2020 and make the necessary modifications to reflect the outcome of last November’s vote.

Generally, the post Election modifications include adjusting the Urban Growth Boundary to reflect the boundary approved by the voters in 2002 and reflect policy and map modifications, acknowledging the expiration of Ordinance 197 and reflect the City’s commitment to protecting the scenic quality and natural resource of San Ramon’s hillsides, ridges and creeks through the use of the existing Resource Conservation Overlay District (RCOD) as provided for in the Zoning Ordinance. Additionally, with the signing into law of the “Complete Streets Act” all general plans updated after January 1, 2011 are required to ensure that all local streets and roads accommodate the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders, as well as motorists. The necessary changes have been made to the corresponding elements of the Genera Plan to comply with the Complete Streets Requirements. Finally, minor technical edits to policies, including clarifications to improve readability, definition of terms, format changes and policy numbering and cross-referencing have been made.

Measure G (1999) adopted by the voters in November 1999 outlined the procedures for developing and amending the General Plan 2020. According to Measure G, amendments to the General Plan 2020 may only be approved following “… a 4/5 vote of the City Council after a recommendation in favor of such amendment is made by a 4/5 vote of the Planning Commission. Neither the City Council nor the Planning Commission shall so vote until they have held at least three public hearings respectively. The action taken by the Planning Commission and the City Council must be supported by a finding that the proposed amendment is consistent with the general principles and objectives of the General Plan and such other findings as are appropriate.” Measure W fulfilled the requirement of voter review of the Urban Growth Boundary and Ordinance 197 in 2010. In response to the loss of Measure W, the General Plan 2020 Update is not proposing an expansion of the City’s Urban Growth Boundary and under Measure G does not require voter approval.

All changes are identified through the use of “Track Changes” format. Overall, 95% of the General Plan 2020 remains in tact.

Climate Action Plan

Addendum to the General Plan 2030 Environmental Impact Report

Public Notice

General Plan 2030 Environmental Impact Report Certified July 19, 2010

The following General Plan 2030 documents associated with Measure W and voter review in November, 2010 are provided for reference only.

General Plan Resolutions

  • Resolution No.2010-083 A Resolution of the City Council of the City of San Ramon Certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report (SCH# 200082002) for the proposed General Plan 2030 and related applications (project)

  • Resolution No.2010-084 A Resolution of the City Council of the City of San Ramon recommending Voter Approval of General Plan Amendment (GPA 09-400-001) "Planning the City's Future-The General Plan 2030", including adjustments to The City's Planning Area, Urban Growth Boundary, and Sphere of Influence, and Extension of Section 2 of Ordinance 197 (1990), including implementing policies A-H, and Replacement and Amendment of the Ridgeline Creek Protection Zone (RCPZ) Initiated February 24, 2009 City of San Ramon (Applicant)

  • Resolution No.2010-085 A Resolution of the City Council of the City of San Ramon Adopting The Climate Action Plan prepared for the City of San Ramon and General Plan 2030 Update.

  • Resolution No.2010-086 A Resolution of the City Council of the City of San Ramon requesting and consenting to consolidation of elections and setting specifications of the election order.

  • Resolution No.2010-087 A Resolution of the City Council of the City of San Ramon calling a special Municipal Election to be held on November 2, 2010, for the Submission of a Measure to the Voters to adopt an ordinance to approve General Plan 2030; Expand Ordinance 197 polices and procedures to 2015; extend the Ridgeline Creek protection zone map; and extend the Urban Growth Boundary.

  • Resolution No. 03-11 A Resolution of the Planning Commission of the City of San Ramon Recommending City Council Approval of General Plan Amendment (GPA 09-400--001) "Planning The City's Future - The General Plan 2030". Initiated February 24, 2009.

  • Resolution No. 2011-048 A Resolution of the City Council of the City of San Ramon Approving General Plan Amendment (GPA 09-400-001) "Planning the City's Future-The General Plan 2030"

Notice of Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report

Agendas and Staff Reports

Public Notice





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