About the General Plan
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 our General Plan's full name, the Modesto Urban Area General Plan.
An Environmental Document must be prepared for a “project,” as defined by state law, disclosing impacts that are likely to result from the project. In 2008, the City made a series of policy-related amendments to the Urban Area General Plan and updated the Master Environmental Impact Report for the General Plan. The Master Environmental Impact Report describes the various impacts that are likely to occur as the Urban Area General Plan is developed.
The Housing Element is one of seven state-required parts or "elements" of a city’s general plan. The Housing Element is a policy document that describes how the City will address the housing needs of its residents. It contains housing goals, policies, programs, and resources that will help to develop, maintain and improve housing. Modesto is currently preparing an update to the Housing Element. The draft Housing Element may be reviewed at the link below. This document reflects revisions made in January 2016.
For more information about the Housing Element, please call 209-577-5267.
For more information on Housing Programs, please call 209-577-5247.
Non-Motorized Transportation Plan
The Non-Motorized Transportation Master Plan (PDF) was approved by the Modesto City Council in December 2006 and incorporated into the 2008 Urban Area General Plan. The Plan describes existing and proposed bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Modesto.
- Table of Contents
- Chapter I-Introduction to the Modesto Urban Area General Plan
- Chapter II-Community Growth Strategy
- Chapter III-Community Development Policies
- Chapter IV-Housing
- Chapter V-Community Services and Facilities
- Chapter VI-Public Safety Issues
- Chapter VII-Environmental Resources and Open Space
- Chapter VIII-General Plan Implementation
- Appendix A Consolidated Plan
- Appendix B Amendments to the General Plan