California State Law requires every city and county to adopt a comprehensive General Plan to guide its future development. The General Plan essentially serves as a "constitution for development" - the document that serves as the foundation for all land use decisions. Every jurisdiction’s General Plan includes seven required "Elements" that are mandated by State law; local governments may adopt additional optional Elements to address local priorities and planning goals.
The City of Los Angeles’ Citywide General Plan Framework Element establishes the broad overall policy and direction for the entire General Plan. It provides a citywide context and a comprehensive long-range strategy to guide the comprehensive update of the General Plan’s other elements.
The City’s 35 community plans collectively comprise the Land Use Element of the General Plan. The department will be preparing in the future an Infrastructure Systems Element, Public Facilities and Services Element, and a Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Element.