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.

A special web site was created for the update, where comprehensive information, reports, announcements and other materials were posted.  Visit the web site at:

Planning Director: Kari Svanstrom

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


Office Hours

Monday - Thursday, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
(Closed 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm for lunch)

Closed ALL Fridays.

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