General Plan & Policy Documents

What is a General Plan?

California state law requires each city and county to adopt a general plan “for the physical development of the county or city, and any land outside its boundaries which in the planning agency's judgment bears relation to its planning" (California Government Code 65300). The General Plan is a blueprint for future growth, development, and policies that guide decision makers and city staff for development, whether it is new or infill within the City of Solvang. The General Plan is broken down by elements. Currently the City is in the process of amending all the elements of the General Plan. You can checkout our progress at https://plansolvang.com/. The currently adopted documents are listed below:

  1. Land Use Element (2008)
  2. Community Design (1989)
  3. Circulation (2008)
  4. Conservation & Open Space (2016)
  5. Safety (2016)
  6. Noise (2013)
  7. Parks and Recreation (2009)
  8. Housing Element (Certified Feb 2024)

City of Solvang Design GuidelinesAdopted Policy Documents

On occasion the City Council adopts additional policy documents that work alongside the city's adopted Zoning Ordinance and General Plan.  The following are pertinent policy documents that department staff and commission members rely on in making decisions.

  1. City of Solvang Design Guidelines