City of Santa Ana General Plan

The General Plan is the City’s principal long-range policy and planning document guiding the development, conservation, and enhancement of Santa Ana. It is a document that contains a comprehensive collection of goals and policies related to the physical development of the City. State law requires every city and county to adopt a general plan to represent the jurisdiction’s view of its future.

The current General Plan contains the following 16 elements:

Airport Environs Element | Circulation Element | Conservation Element | Economic Development Element | Education Element | Energy Element | Growth Management Element | Housing Element | Land Use Element | Noise Element | Open Space, Parks and Recreation Element | Public Facilities Element | Public Safety Element | Scenic Corridors Element | Seismic Safety Element | Urban Design Element


2035 General Plan Update

Revised 1/08/2016

On March 18, 2014 the Santa Ana City Council adopted the Santa Ana Strategic Plan.   This precedent-setting policy document, following an extensive community outreach process, established specific goals, objectives and strategies to guide the City’s major efforts.  From there, strategies were developed to implement the policies in specific goal areas. One of the strategies as part of the “Imagine Santa Ana” community planning efforts is to complete a comprehensive update of the City’s General Plan including the development of policies and implementation measures that directly relate to equitable economic development.

The Santa Ana 2035 General Plan will be produced in-house by the City’s trained professional staff to ensure its relevancy to Santa Ana’s history and existing conditions.   The new General Plan’s chapters, known as “elements,” will embrace current topics, practices and philosophies.   Specialized consultants will be engaged to perform specific studies under staff supervision.

The new General Plan will contain three vital components:

1. General Plan Framework

  • Vision
  • Executive Summary
  • Underlying Policies and Goals that apply across the city
  • Maps, Charts and Graphs
2. Community Plans
  • Address several neighborhoods and distinct areas that constitute one “Community Plan Area”
  • All relevant Elements in each community plan addressed for that community plan area
  • Contains Goals, Policies, and Programs of each Element for that area
  • Maps, charts, graphs, photographs, and other relevant visual information

3. Technical Appendices

In November 2015, the City’s Planning Division in collaboration with the Community Engagement and Neighborhood Initiatives Division initiated a series of workshops with various interest groups, including various community advocacy organizations in order to discuss each group’s vision and wishes for the future.  Following these workshops, the City will form two community advisory groups who will extract key principles from existing documents and work towards the preparation of the first working draft General Plan framework.  Below are the documents and presentations from past and future meetings for public review:

Upcoming/Future Meetings

  • Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.: Special Interest Group Meeting. Location: 1000 E. Santa Ana Boulevard (SARTC), First Floor Large Conference Room
  • Monday, February 25, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.: Com-Link Meeting. Location: TBD

Past Meetings

  • Monday, September 15, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.: City Council Meeting Work Program Overview. Location: City Council Chambers (22 Civic Center Plaza)
  • Monday, October 26, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.: Planning Commission Work Program Overview. Location: City Council Chambers (22 Civic Center Plaza)

Past Community Meetings

  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.: General Plan Kickoff Meeting. Location: City Hall Ross Annex Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza)
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.: Constituency Group Meeting. Location: Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (425 So. Sullivan Street)
  • Monday, December 14, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.: Constituency Group Meeting. Location: Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (425 So. Sullivan Street)
  • Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.: Constituency Group Meeting. Location: Santa Ana Senior Center (424 W. Third Street)
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.: Constituency Group Meeting. Location: Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (1000 E. Santa Ana Boulevard)