What is a Specific Plan?
A specific plan is a regulatory tool that local governments use to guide development in a localized area and to systematically implement the general plan. A specific plan is intended as a more detailed development plan than is a general plan. There are six specific plans in the City of Chino, including:
What information is provided in a specific plan?
State law (Government Code Section 65450 et seq.) states that a specific plan must include the following information:
(1) the distribution, location, and extent of land uses, including open space, within the area covered by the plan;
(2) the proposed distribution, location, and extent and intensity of major components of public and private transportation, sewage, water, drainage, solid waste disposal, energy, and other essential facilities proposed to be located within the area covered by the plan and needed to support the land uses described in the plan;
(3) standards and criteria by which development will proceed, and standards for the conservation, development, and utilization of natural resources, where applicable;
(4) a program of implementation measures including regulation, programs, public works projects, and financing measures necessary to carry out 1, 2, and 3, above; and
(5) a statement of the relationship of the specific plan to the adopted general plan.
In simple terms, a specific plan will set forth goals, objectives, policies, and programs for development for the area within which they apply.