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.
Visit the General Plan 2040 resources page to review General Plan 2040 and see an interactive land use map as well as other tools to help learn more about the General Plan. Please submit public comments on the General Plan 2040 by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Draft General Plan 2040 for San Mateo is here! The General Plan lays out the community’s vision for how our City will look, feel, and change over the next 20 years. Since 2018, we’ve been gathering community input that is the foundation of the Draft General Plan.
Visit the Draft General Plan 2040 resources page to review the Draft General Plan 2040. The resources page has an interactive land use map and other helpful information. Click this link 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: email@example.com
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Community feedback helped develop the draft goals and policies for San Mateo’s General Plan Update. The draft goals, policies, and actions outline future policy direction for: Land Use; Circulation; Community Design and Historic Preservation; Conservation, Open Space and Parks and Recreation; Public Services and Facilities; Safety; and Noise. There are three other priority topics that are addressed throughout the draft goals, policies, and actions. These topics – Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Resilience, and Community Engagement – are interwoven and support many of the goals, polices and actions outlined in the General Plan, so they have been integrated into all applicable elements rather than addressed as stand-alone topics. After the City Council provides final direction on the draft goals, policies and actions, the General Plan team will incorporate them into the Draft General Plan. The City anticipates publishing the Draft General Plan in spring 2023.
The draft goals, polices, and actions were reviewed at a series of community events and at public meetings with the General Plan Subcommittee, Planning Commission and City Council over the summer and into the fall 2022. On October 3rd, the City Council provided direction for the Circulation, Public Services and Facilities, Noise, and Conservation, Open Space and Recreation Elements. On November 7th, the City Council will review the draft goals and policies for the Land Use, Community Design and Historic Preservation, and Safety Elements. More information about these events and meetings can be found here.
What is a goal, policy and action?
The following provides a description of goals, policies, and actions, and explains the relationship between them:
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The Alternatives Evaluation Workbook provides information to help you give meaningful input about choosing a preferred land use and circulation scenario. The workbook evaluates the land use and transportation alternatives on a wide variety of criteria, which are intended to help community members and decision-makers understand the impacts and benefits of each alternative.
The Study Areas Map displays the range of areas that were considered for further study with potential land use alternatives. This map was taken to the community through various outreach events to determine which areas are preferred for further study. It was published on November 18, 2019.
The Site Conditions mapping tool presents parcel-based information about site conditions in San Mateo to help inform your ideas about the appropriate location(s) for future housing and jobs. It was published on
The San Mateo: An Analysis of Local Land Use Planning and Regional Growth paper examines some key information to help the community better understand San Mateo’s current situation as well as the correlation between land use and traffic. It also evaluates planning efforts within the City’s control that strive to focus growth in areas with better access to alternative modes of transportation. It was published on June 7, 2019.
The final vision statement establishes the principles to guide City policies and decisions about future growth, housing, transportation, and public services based on input from San Mateo residents provided by September 9, 2018 to April 1, 2019. On April 1, 2019, the City Council discussed and finalized the final General Plan Vision Statement.
The draft vision statement shares the first pass at capturing the community’s vision for San Mateo in 2040. This document was published on April 2, 2019.
The following chapters of the Existing Conditions Report describe and analyze the existing conditions of economics, circulation, land use, parks, recreation, and cultural resources, and utilities in San Mateo.
This briefing book offers a snapshot of current land uses in San Mateo, as well as economic and development trends, mobility networks, park and recreation options, and cultural resources. This information highlights community assets, as well as challenges, to help the public and decision-makers understand the City’s most pressing issues. It was published in late 2018.
The Downtown Area Plan, adopted in 2003 and updated in 2009, covers about 70 blocks traditionally known as Downtown, plus the area known as the Gateway and portions of adjacent neighborhoods. This plan pertains to new Downtown development and focuses on preserving existing Downtown resources and enhancing its vitality and activity while also maintaining a sense of place. A comprehensive update to the Downtown Area Plan is anticipated once the General Plan Update effort is completed.
The 2020 San Mateo Bicycle Master Plan is the culmination of over a year of robust community engagement, existing conditions and data analysis, and planning and design work. The 2020 Plan was adopted by City Council on April 6, 2020 and serves as a blueprint for expanding and improving the San Mateo bicycle and mobility network in the coming years.
In 2010, the City of San Mateo updated its General Plan – “Vision 2030”. The General Plan provides the framework for all zoning and land use decisions within a community. State planning law requires that the General Plan include a comprehensive, long-term plan for a city’s physical development. City policy requires periodic review and updating of the General Plan. This update provides for an extension of the General Plan to the year 2030, and includes revisions to existing goals, policies and associated text.