General Plan Update

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The City Council of the City of Rolling Hills Estates has retained the consulting services of Dyett & Bhatia, Urban and Regional Planners, to assist the City in updating our General Plan, which was last updated in 1992.  The General Plan is a visioning document and “road map”, stretching out 20 to 25 years that establishes goals, policies and implementation measures through various “Elements”.  The State of California mandated Elements are Land Use, Housing, Transportation, Conservation, Open Space & Recreation, Noise, and Public Safety.  An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will also be prepared along with the General Plan update to identify and address any significant impacts on the environment. 

In addition to the State required Elements, the City of RHE expects to address sustainability issues through several of the Elements and to adopt an optional Economic Element which will consider the future of the City’s commercial district over the next 20 to 25 years. 

The General Plan update process is expected to take about two and one-half years to complete, and relies heavily on community input to ensure that the document represents the many and varied facets of the community.  In addition to conducting public outreach, the City Council intends to form a General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC), which will be made up of about a dozen community members.  The GPAC will include two City Council Members and two Planning Commissioners.  Other members of the GPAC may include homeowners’ association members, business owners, the Chamber of Commerce, equestrian and recreation enthusiasts, younger residents with children, senior citizens, etc. 

GPAC meetings will be held at City Hall in the evenings, most likely on a weekday during the early evening depending upon availability of the committee members.  Meetings will generally last about two hours each, be open to the public and held in a workshop setting to provide for ease of exchange of ideas.  GPAC meetings will be held about once every other month over the course of approximately two years, with the input from the committee being reported to the Planning Commission and City Council at major milestones. 

Should you have any questions or need any additional information on the City of Rolling Hills Estates’ General Plan update or the General Plan Advisory Committee, please contact the Planning Department at City Hall at (310) 377-1577.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION.