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Category: General Plan 2040

Quick Status Update on General Plan 2040 – May 2018

Project kicked off in Summer 2017 This is a Plan Update, not a brand new Plan. Updating policies in the existing plan to reflect new state laws, emerging issues, current data, and forecasts to 2040 Initial tasks were to retain a project manager, form a Steering Committee, and prepare a detailed Work Program Project manager … Continued

City Council to Consider General Plan Work Program March 5

On March 5, 2018, the City Council will consider a resolution approving a detailed work program for the General Plan Update, including descriptions of each task to be performed, and a project budget and schedule.  The 90-page work program outlines 15 tasks and over 100 sub-tasks to be completed over a three-year period, culminating with … Continued

City Council to Discuss Design Criteria for Downtown Development

What makes a great Downtown?  On Monday February 5, 2017, the San Rafael City Council will receive a presentation from Planning Commissioner Larry Paul and a working group of design professionals on Criteria for Good Design in Downtown San Rafael.  The working group has been meeting for several months to develop a cohesive design framework … Continued

General Plan 2040 Steering Committee is Off and Running

On December 4, 2017, the City Council appointed a 23-member Steering Committee to guide the 2040 General Plan Update.   The Committee represents a diverse range of organizations and interests, including City Commissions, neighborhoods, advocacy groups, and members at-large.  Most of the members have a designated alternate, bringing the total number appointees to 45.  The Committee … Continued

City Council Discusses Downtown Vision

On November 6, 2017, the San Rafael City Council received a presentation about the key policies governing development and design in Downtown San Rafael. The presentation highlighted past plans such as the 1993 Downtown Vision, General Plan 2020 (adopted in 2004) and the Downtown Station Area Plan (2012). It included a series of maps showing … Continued

New General Plan Website Launched

We are excited to announce the launch of the new San Rafael General Plan 2040 website. provides an easy path to the latest information about the Plan, including announcements of upcoming meetings, new and existing documents, news stories, and frequently asked questions.  The new site is intended to provide a user-friendly tool for residents, … Continued

General Plan Steering Committee Taking Shape

Please note, this is an ARCHIVED story.  The application deadline for the General Plan Steering Committee has passed. The City is accepting applications from persons interested in serving on the General Plan 2040 Steering Committee.  This 21-member Committee will have a key role in the Plan Update, and will be a sounding board for new … Continued

General Plan 2040 Project Manager

There have been many changes since our current General Plan was adopted in 2004. There are new State laws, regulations, demographic changes and even a new train! The new General Plan 2040, once updated and adopted, will guide the City into the next 20 years. This update will take three years to create, involving data … Continued

Charting Progress to 2040

Do you have an interest in what San Rafael looks like in 2040? Then you should be sure to participate in our General Plan process! The City’s current General Plan 2020 has been in place since 2004 and as we approach 2020, is nearing the end of its useful life.  At their Monday, February 6 … Continued

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