In California, the General Plan has often been described as a "blueprint for future growth" or a "constitution for future development" of a community. The General Plan for Modesto is best described as "a set of instructions on how to build a city." This concept is further underscored by our General Plan's full name, the Modesto Urban Area General Plan.
The Housing Element is one of seven state-required parts or "elements" of a city’s general plan. The Housing Element is a policy document that describes how the City will address the housing needs of its residents. It contains housing goals, policies, programs, and resources that will help to develop, maintain and improve housing. Modesto is currently preparing an update to the Housing Element. The draft Housing Element may be reviewed at the link below. This document reflects revisions made in January 2016.
The Non-Motorized Transportation Master Plan (PDF) was approved by the Modesto City Council in December 2006 and incorporated into the 2008 Urban Area General Plan. The Plan describes existing and proposed bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Modesto.