General Plan

The General Plan is the adopted "blueprint" or "constitution" that guides the physical development, preservation and conservation of areas within the unincorporated areas of the County. It is comprehensive both in geographic coverage as well as range in subjects addressed. It is long term in perspective ranging from 15 to 30 years. The General Plan identifies adopted goals, policies and implementation that govern development in the County. The General Plan includes a Land Use Diagram for all areas within its jurisdiction. The General Plan is further carried out by the following tools:

  • Specific and Community Plans
  • The Zoning Ordinance
  • The Subdivision Ordinance
  • Approval of Individual Development Applications.
  • The County's five-year Capital Improvement Program
  • Environmental Assessment – CEQA


Stanislaus County is currently updating their General Plan and Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP), incorporating a 20-year planning horizon (to 2035).

General Plan Documentation

General Plan Support Documentation