General Plan

The Culver City General Plan is the umbrella document that allows the City to plan for future development. The General Plan’s intent is to set the City’s goals for development approvals and the built environment, land use ground rules, and give the public the chance to participate in the City’s planning process. Every City decision and document regulating the built environment, including the zoning code, has to be consistent with the General Plan.

The City is comprehensively updating its General Plan. Find out more about the General Plan Update!

Existing General Plan Elements and Map


General Plan Overview(PDF, 762KB)
Summarizes the physical, social, and economic needs of the City and its people.


Land Use Element Map(PDF, 1002KB)
Delineates land use boundaries, which are further defined by the City's Zoning Code.


Land Use Element(PDF, 8MB)
Designates general distribution, intensity, and development policies regarding residential, commercial, industrial, open space, and institutional uses in the city.

Circulation Element(PDF, 3MB)
Identifies transportation systems and facilities following the land use element.

2021-2029 Housing Element(PDF, 3MB) and Appendices(PDF, 31MB)
Identifies and prioritizes the city's housing needs and outlines the goals, policies, and programs to address those needs.

Open Space Element(PDF, 2MB)
Identifies ways to support, protect, enhance, and expand natural habitats, agricultural production, and outdoor recreation and environmental health uses.

Noise Element(PDF, 2MB)
Identifies land uses sensitive to noise and noise sources. It also defines areas of noise impacts to limit the community's exposure to excess noises.

Conservation Element(PDF, 344KB)
Identifies ways to conserve and use natural resources, such as water and its hydraulic force, forests, soils, rivers, harbors, fisheries, wildlife, and minerals.

Seismic Element(PDF, 1MB)
Identifies and appraises seismic hazards like susceptibility to surface ruptures from faulting, ground shaking, ground failures, and/or the effects of seismically induced waves like tsunamis and seiches.

Public Safety Element(PDF, 1MB)
Identifies and defines programs to protect the community from fire and geologic hazards.

Recreation Element(PDF, 1MB)
Describes the community's relationship with and needs for park and recreation areas, facilities, and programs.

Development-Related City Documents

Advance Planning Division staff compiled a list of City of Culver City documents related to development to prepare for the General Plan Update (GPU). This list is not comprehensive but represents important milestones and key documents related to Culver City's development. Considering these related documents while updating the general plan ensures the GPU is consistent with these documents and the goals and policies they outline.