In California, the General Plan has often been described as a “blueprint for future growth” or a “constitution for future development” of a community. The General Plan for Modesto is best described as “a set of instructions on how to build a city.” This concept is further underscored by the General Plan’s full name, the City of Modesto Urban Area General Plan. From a practical standpoint, the General Plan is a set of policies, maps, and other exhibits that collectively respond to California State Law requirements (Section 65300 et. seq. of the Government Code), structured to meet local conditions. The updated Modesto Urban Area General Plan will guide the physical development of the overall Modesto community to 2050.
The existing City of Modesto Urban Area General Plan contains the following chapters: