Contra Costa County 2045 General Plan and Climate Action Plan Updates

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Contra Costa County
Document Title
Contra Costa County 2045 General Plan and Climate Action Plan Updates
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Document Description
The County of Contra Costa is preparing comprehensive updates to its existing General Plan and CAP. The updates will establish County land use policy through 2045 and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance community resiliency. State law requires that the General Plan contain seven elements: Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Open Space, Noise, Safety, and Conservation. Environmental justice must also be addressed, either in its own element or throughout the General Plan (Contra Costa County has taken a hybrid approach). The content of the elements is outlined in State law. The updated General Plan will include all State-required elements and two optional elements, Growth Management and Public Facilities and Services. The Housing Element is being updated in parallel to the rest of the General Plan. The updated Housing Element was adopted by the County Board of Supervisors on June 13, 2023, and is undergoing revision following a review by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Contra Costa County’s existing General Plan was adopted in 1991, with minor revisions occurring in 2005. The overall purpose of the General Plan Update is to create a modern General Plan that articulates a vision for the county’s long-term physical form and development, while preserving and enhancing the quality of life for Contra Costa County’s residents. The key components of this project include broad community goals for the future of Contra Costa County and specific policies and implementing actions that help achieve the goals. The updated General Plan will modernize the County’s policy framework to address the current requirements of State law, with emphasis on the topics of environmental justice, economic development, community health, and sustainability. The General Plan Update will also include numerous land use changes in unincorporated communities where change or enhancement of existing uses is desired through 2045. Finally, the project includes an update to the County’s 2015 CAP. The CAP will be a separate document that sets targets and establishes measures to reduce GHG emissions in unincorporated Contra Costa County, consistent with State targets.

Contact Information

Will Nelson
Agency Name
Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development
Job Title
Principal Planner, Advance Planning
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Alamo, Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek
Contra Costa
State Highways
I-80, I-680, CA-4, CA-24
BNSF, Union Pacific
Buchanan Field, Byron Airport
Sacramento River Delta, San Pablo Bay, San Francisco Bay
Other Information
All unincorporated Contra Costa County

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Delta Protection Commission, Delta Stewardship Council, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
Development Types
Other (Full General Plan update)
Local Actions
General Plan Update
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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