Inyo County General Plan
Note: Update in Progress! The County is currently working on updating the General Plan document.
The 2001 Inyo County General Plan Update was approved
by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors on December 11, 2001.
State law requires each county and city to prepare and adopt a comprehensive
and long-range general plan for its physical development (Government Code
Section 65300). A comprehensive general plan provides the County with a
consistent framework for land use decision-making.
Below are some of the most referenced items in the General Plan:
- The Goals
and Policies Report is the essence of the General Plan and contains the goals & policies that will guide future development within the County. It also identifies a full set of implementation measures designed to ensure that the policies of the Plan are carried out.
Use Diagrams show the land use designations applied to properties in each of the communities within the County. The Land Use Diagrams are generally oriented from north to south.
Diagrams are included, for reference, as a part of the Circulation Element of the Goals & Policy Report.
Additionally, the County does an annual update report on its progress in implementing the various goals and policies of the General Plan, and also occasionally makes amendments to the General Plan, as noted below:
General Plan Annual Progress Report:
General Plan Correction:
General Plan Amendments:
Individual General Plan Elements
Traditionally, the general plan has been organized as a
collection of "elements" or subject categories such as land use, circulation,
and open space.
State law provides that the general plan must address seven elements
(Government Code Section 65302). These issues are briefly summarized below:
|The Land Use Element defines the general distribution and
intensity of uses of the land for housing, business, industry, open space,
education, public buildings and grounds, waste disposal facilities, and other
categories of public and private uses.|
|The Circulation Element is correlated with the land use element and
identifies the general location and extent of existing and proposed major
thoroughfares, transportation routes, terminals, and other local public
utilities and facilities.|
|The Housing Element is a comprehensive assessment of current and
projected housing needs for all segments of communities and all economic
groups in Inyo County. In addition, it embodies policy for providing adequate housing and
includes action programs for this purpose.|
|The Conservation Element addresses the conservation, development,
and use of natural resources including water, forests, soils, rivers, and
|The Open-Space Element details plans and measures for preserving
open space for natural resources, the managed production of resources, outdoor
recreation, public health and safety, and the identification of intensive
agriculture and irrigated pasturelands.|
|The Noise Element identifies and appraises noise problems within
the community and assists the County in making land use decisions.|
|The Safety Element establishes policies and programs to minimize
risks to the
community associated with seismic, geologic, flood, and fire
In addition, the Inyo County General Plan also includes the
following optional elements to address specific needs of the County's residents:
|The Government Element states the County's policies for provision
of efficient governmental services and collaborative planning with other
|The Economic Development Element provides a framework for the
County's efforts to promote orderly growth and development.|
The State of California Office of Planning
and Research has adopted guidelines for the development and contents of General Plans.