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2040 General Plan FAQs

Moval General Plan 2020

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  • What is the General Plan?

    The General Plan is the guide for the future physical development and conservation of Moreno Valley. It is a long-term (horizon year 2040) document consisting of written text and diagrams that expresses how the community should develop over time, and a key tool that influences our community’s quality of life. It specifies locations for various land uses, transportation improvements, new parks and open spaces, and other public infrastructure. The plan is a basis for land-use decision-making used by policymakers, such as the Planning Commission and the City Council. All cities and counties in California are required by law to have a general plan.

  • Why is a General Plan required?

    State law mandates that each city and county in California adopt a "comprehensive, long-term general plan." The purpose is to plan for important community issues, such as new growth, housing needs and environmental protection. A general plan is used to project future demand for services, such as sewer, water, roadways, parks and emergency services.

  • What goes into the General Plan?

    There are State-mandated "elements," or chapters, that go into a general plan. These elements make up the framework for decision-making regarding growth and development in the City. State law requires that a general plan cover at least eight mandated topics: Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation, Open Space, Noise, Safety and Environmental Justice. General plans may also address topics like economic development, air quality and public health.

  • Why is the Plan being updated?

    Moreno Valley’s existing General Plan was adopted in 2006, and now needs to be comprehensively reexamined to ensure that it reflects the City's goals and priorities for the next 20 years. Many of the objectives of the existing General Plan have been met, and new opportunities, challenges and priorities have arisen. The City has grown over the last decade, and the General Plan update presents an opportunity to create a new vision for future growth for years to come. A new plan  will help manage Moreno Valley’s future growth, create a town center and sense of place, attract high- quality businesses and jobs, protect open space and maintain public safety and other municipal services – all of which contribute to the quality of life that residents have come to expect.

  • What is the difference between the General Plan and the Zoning Ordinance?

    The General Plan establishes long-term policies to guide future development. It describes generally how land uses will be distributed throughout the City and allowable ranges of density for each land use. The Zoning Ordinance is where the "rubber meets the road." It implements general-plan policies through detailed development regulations, such as specific use types and building standards. State law requires that the Zoning Ordinance be consistent with the General Plan.

  • How does the Housing Element update fit into the General Plan update?

    The Housing Element is one of the eight State-mandated elements of the General Plan. However, per State law, the Housing Element must be updated more frequently than the rest of the General Plan, and it must meet a variety of statutory requirements. As part of the General Plan Update process, the City of Moreno Valley will update its Housing Element for the 2022-2029 planning period.

  • What is a Climate Action Plan?

    Climate Action Plans are roadmaps for communities to meet the statewide greenhouse gas emissions targets. As part of MoVal 2040, the City will conduct a greenhouse-gas emissions inventory, which will estimate citywide emissions, then establish strategies to reduce those emissions to meet the State targets. The range of greenhouse-gas reduction measures will address energy efficiency and conservation; increasing use of alternative energies in transportation and buildings; waste prevention, reduction and diversion; and community education.

  • What is an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)?

    An environmental impact report is a detailed analysis of the environmental effects of a plan or development project. The EIR identifies alternatives to the proposed project and presents ways to reduce or avoid environmental damage. Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a general plan is considered a project, thus requiring that an EIR be completed in conjunction with the plan. Community members can provide input at two different phases in the EIR process: in response to the Notice of Preparation (NOP), which declares that an EIR is going to be prepared, and to the Draft EIR itself.

  • How can I get involved?

    We need citizen participation in all phases of General Plan development! Please visit the Participate page for details on upcoming events or contact us directly with your thoughts or questions.