Often described as each city’s “constitution,” general plans are required by State law to guide land use and development, typically within a 20-year horizon. General plans must be periodically updated to respond to new state laws, changing conditions, and emerging issues and opportunities. Los Banos’ existing General Plan was adopted in 2009 with a horizon year of 2030. This general plan update is being prepared over 10 years since that document with a new horizon year set to 2042. The General Plan 2042 is a targeted update to the current General Plan 2030 and will bring the general plan up to date with latest State and federal legislation around urban development, transportation, climate resilience, and safety and address the city’s growth, economic development, sustainability, and conservation of open space and land resources. The plan intends to respond to local and regional housing needs, promote economic growth, foster local job creation, enhance quality of life, and protect natural and agricultural resources. In addition to citywide planning issues, General Plan 2042 will provide goals and policies for enhancing downtown Los Banos as the vibrant center of the city and community.