General Plan

State planning law requires that each city and county in California have a General Plan consisting of seven "elements" which include the Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation, Noise, Open Space and Safety elements.

The general plan is intended to serve as a "constitution" for all future development within the city. The general plan sets broad policies; city ordinances and administrative procedures are the vehicles for the implementation of the general plan. In terms of city planning requirements, the primary implementation mechanism of general plan policies is the Zoning Ordinance, which translates the generalized nature of the Land Use, Housing, Circulation, and other elements’ policies into highly specific development standards.

DRAFT Housing Element 2023-2031 information and documents

Adopted General Plan

Adopted Housing Element - March 2015 [pdf]:  The City Council adopted the Housing Element Update on March 30, 2015

General Plan Land Use Map

CEQA Documents

Draft Environmental Impact Report
[pdf] for the Sebastopol Genral Plan Update - May 2016

Appendecies [pdf] to the Draft EIR - May 2016

Final Environmental Impact Report [pdf]:  The final EIR provides a response to comments received on the Draft EIR and identifies revisions made to the Draft EIR

If interested in learning more about the process, or to see archive information, you may visit the special website that was created at:

Planning Director: Kari Svanstrom

7120 Bodega Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone: 707-823-6167
Fax: 707-823-1135


Office Hours

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(Closed 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm for lunch)

Closed ALL Fridays.