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General Plan Update

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The General Plan Update project launched September 2019!

The City Council held a visioning study session on September 3, 2019 and the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) held its first meeting on September 4, 2019. Check out the presentation to City Council and the presentation to the GPAC given by staff and the consultant team.

What is the General Plan?

A general plan is a city’s blueprint, or constitution, for future development. It documents the city’s long-range vision and establishes clear goals, objectives, and actions to guide the community through its next 20 to 30 years of change.

The City must update its General Plan periodically to keep up with the changing needs and conditions of the city and region. It also should be updated to reflect new local, regional, state, and national laws.

State law requires that general plans address certain topics including land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, noise, and safety. General plans can also include optional topics – such as urban design, economic development, and sustainability – to reflect each community’s unique character, physical features, or needs.

Why is the City updating its General Plan?

Culver City’s existing General Plan contains nine topics, or “elements,” updated between 1968 and 2014. Click on the icons below to view the existing elements:

Housing Element 2014 Land Use Element 2004 Circulation Element 2004 Open Space Element 2004 Noise Element 1996Public Safety Element 1975 Seismic Safety Element 1974 Conservation Element 1973 Recreation Element 1968 Vision/Overview Glossary

This will be the first time all elements are updated at the same time, aligning the entire Culver City General Plan with today’s and tomorrow’s community conditions and needs. The City is interested in creating an innovative plan that is understandable and useful for the layperson as well as the expert. Community stakeholders and City Council are already identifying new topics to include that address existing and emerging critical concerns. These include sustainability, equity and social justice, healthy communities for all ages, climate adaptation and resiliency, urban design and public places, economy, Ballona Creek, cultural planning, governance, and technology.

Who is part of the General Plan update?

Diverse group of people

All of Culver City is invited to collaborate in the process! The plan is relevant to all who live, work, play, and invest here. In addition to local residents, businesses and employees, community groups and nonprofits, developers, institutions, residents, regional agencies and partners, schools, and many others will be invited to participate. All have a place and a valued voice in the update process. The City Council, its appointed committees, and all City departments will be working together to lead the community through the General Plan update. Additionally, a creative and skilled consulting team will help ensure the highest quality outcome.

The City Council appointed a 21-member General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC). The GPAC's purpose is to advise broadly, make recommendations to Council, and liaise with Council and other committees. There will also be a handful of technical advisory committees that will provide expertise on technical and policy matters. If you or someone you know is interested in serving, please contact staff at

The City hired a consultant team led by Raimi + Associates to provide services supporting the GPU process at their January 28, 2019 regular meeting. Below is a chart of the consultant team.

GPU consultant team organization chart

What does the General Plan update process look like?

The process of updating the General Plan itself is a collaborative, multi-year effort. The flowchart below gives an idea of what to expect over the project's anticipated three-year timeline.

Steps in the General Plan Process

Eager to start learning about General Plans? Here are some resources to get started!

Sounds great! How can I get involved?

The City is committed to fostering public ownership of the General Plan and its roadmap for Culver City’s future. The City and the consultant team will begin this summer by preparing a plan to bring the community together as collaborators in the process, with a goal of broad involvement – especially of those who are too often left out of community planning processes.

We look forward to hearing from you. As we work toward that engagement plan, listening to the community is our highest priority. We encourage you to let us know how you would like to be involved in the process and to send us your ideas.

Photos of people at GPU events

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