What is a General Plan?

A General Plan is a broad-based policy document that establishes a long-range vision and goals and provides direction on future types of improvements, services, and programs. The General Plan is the primary management document for each unit of the California State Park System, establishing its primary purpose and a management direction for its future.

General Plans are intended to be used for 20 years or more. Therefore, the General Plan establishes a decision-making framework that is consistent with the established vision but also flexible to allow for changing conditions over time. California State Park’s decisions related to visitor use and recreation, interpretation and education, park use and operations, and natural and physical resources must be consistent with the policies contained in the General Plan.

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