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General Plan 2040

General Plan 2040 is Ready for Adoption!

Since 2018, the City has been working on General Plan 2040 – the plan that lays out the community’s vision for how our city will look, feel, and change over the next 20 years. After 5.5 years of extensive community conversations and engagement, General Plan 2040 is now ready for adoption! The final General Plan reflects community input and Council’s direction provided on the Draft General Plan during the Fall of 2023. 

Brand New to the General Plan? Start here:

Questions or Comments?

Please submit public comments on General Plan 2040 by emailing:

General Plan 2040 Resources

Dive deeper into specific questions, topics, and background information:

The Interactive Land Use Map is a webtool that allows you to click on a parcel within the City to view details about its existing and proposed land use designation as assigned in the Draft General Plan 2040. 

The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for General Plan 2040 has been released. The FEIR provides responses to all comments received on the Draft EIR and includes revisions to the Draft EIR to provide clarifications, address new information and align with updates to the General Plan. The EIR was prepared to assess the potential environmental consequences of approving and implementing General Plan 2040 and proposed Climate Action Plan update, pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the CEQA Guidelines.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the General Plan was available for public review for a 45-day period, commencing on August 11, 2023, and ending September 25, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. The EIR evaluates potential impacts to San Mateo’s physical environment, examining topics such as impacts to the transportation system, air quality, noise, and natural resources.

All EIR documents, including the Draft EIR and full appendices, can be found at:





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Click here to view the community input received on the Draft General Plan through an online tool that was available from July 17, 2023 through October 1, 2023. You may still submit public comments on the Draft General Plan by emailing:

The City hosted five District Town Hall Meetings around the City to gather feedback on the Draft General Plan. The meetings occurred in August and September 2023. More information can be found on this postcard. The presentation, comments, meeting notes, and the boards from the Town Hall Meetings can be found below.

District 1 Town Hall

District 2 Town Hall

District 3 Town Hall

District 4 Town Hall

District 5 Town Hall

Town Hall Boards

The Measure Y FAQ handout provides information about the relationship between the Draft General Plan 2040 and Measure Y. 

The Heights and Density Tour Guide shows examples of newer buildings on the Peninsula with different heights and densities, including buildings that exceed five-stories or 50 units per acre. Take a drive down El Camino Real and visit some of these buildings! Which ones would work best within San Mateo? 

The Alternatives Evaluation Workbook, from 2022, provided information about and comparison of three land use and circulation alternatives to help community members and decision-makers create a preferred scenario that is the basis for Draft General Plan 2040.

The workbook is split into the following sections:

The Place Types Menu presents simplified land use categories used in the creation of the land use alternatives. It describes the density range permitted by each land use category and the type of use that would be permitted. 

Arc Urban is an online tool that shows potential height and massing within selected parts of four of the land use alternative Study Areas. 





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English and Spanish

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Información en Español​

Revisa estos materiales para aprender mas sobre el Plan General:

Este documento explica que es un plan general. 

El borrador del Plan General 2040 incluye las siguientes grandes ideas que guiarán las nuevas prioridades de desarrollo, formulación de políticas y presupuesto durante los próximos 20 años. 

Obtenga más información sobre las reuniones del ayuntamiento del distrito del consejo en este folleto

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