General Plan

General Plan


2035 General Plan



Recipient of the Northern California Chapter of the American Planning Association's

2017 Award of Excellence for a Comprehensive Plan, Small Jurisdiction

The City of San Leandro embarked on an extensive public planning process beginning in early 2014 to update its General Plan (2035 General Plan), which was last updated in 2002.  The 2035 General Plan covers a 20 year period from 2015 through 2035. State law requires every city and county in California to prepare a long-range “General Plan” which guides decisions about future growth.  State law also requires such plans to be periodically updated in response to changing conditions.  The City Council, local boards/commissions (such as the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments) and City staff use the adopted General Plan to guide its day to day decisions about the City’s future.

The 2035 update involved the collective efforts of a broad and diverse range of individuals and organizations throughout the community.  Between 2014 and 2016, the City conducted several dozen public and stakeholder meetings with the City Council, Planning Commission, other Boards/Commission, City departments, public agencies, public service providers, and community and business groups. 

As required by State law, the Housing Element portion of the General Plan had to be adopted by January 2015. The City Council approved the Housing Element Update on January 20, 2015 and the State Housing and Community Development Department certified the Housing Element in February 2015.  For the current Housing Element Update, click here

The Planning Commission played an active and regular role in reviewing draft portions of the 2035 General Plan and recommending it for adoption by City Council in late August 2016. The City Council approved the 2035 General Plan, along with the related California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental impact report (EIR) and Zoning Code amendments on September 19, 2016.

The 2035 General Plan is available below (by “Element” or chapter).  By State law, the Plan must cover the following mandated “elements”: land use, transportation, housing, open space, conservation, safety and noise. Optional elements include community services/facilities, community design, and preservation.  The City’s 2035 Plan includes all the above elements along with a new Economic Development Element.  For the full 2035 General Plan, click here.

You may also view the 2035 General Plan by chapter below:

Cover Page


Table of Contents

Vision for San Leandro

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 San Leandro in Perspective

Chapter 3 Land Use

Chapter 4 Transportation Element

Chapter 5 Economic Development Element

Chapter 6 Open Space, Conservation, and Parks Element

Chapter 7 Environmental Hazards Element

Chapter 8 Historic Preservation and Community Design Element

Chapter 9 Community Services and Facilities Element

Chapter 10 Housing Element    (Housing Element is a separate document.  Chapter 10 explains its purpose and provides a link to the document. Or you may click here for the current Housing Element)

Chapter 11 Implementation

Appendix A - Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (as required under the California Environmental Quality Act)

2035 General Plan Update Environmental Impact Report

Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), cities and counties shall prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) in conjunction with their general plans.  An EIR is a public document designed to provide the public and local and State decisionmakers with an analysis of potential environmental consequences of a “proposed project”. The EIR below assesses the environmental effects associated with adoption and implementation of the City’s proposed project (i.e., 2035 General Plan and related Zoning Code amendments) through a public process which began in 2014 and ended on September 19, 2016, when the City Council certified the EIR and adopted the Plan and Zoning Code amendments.

The EIR document is divided into two parts:  Draft EIR (DEIR) and Final EIR (FEIR).  The DEIR, which was publicly released as Volume 1 (DEIR Main Document) and Volume 2 (Appendices) on June 1, 2016, represents the more comprehensive and detailed document that includes the project description, environmental analysis, significant/unavoidable impacts, and project alternatives.  The Final EIR (FEIR), which was publicly release on August 19, 2016 and supplements the DEIR, includes revisions to the DEIR and summary of public comments and responses. 

Draft Environmental Impact Report (adopted; view by chapter)

Cover Page & Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Executive Summary

Chapter 2 Introduction

Chapter 3 Project Design              

Chapter 4-0 Environmental Setting

Chapter 4-1 Aesthetics

Chapter 4-2 Air Quality

Chapter 4-3 Biology

Chapter 4-4 Cultural Resources

Chapter 4-5 Geology – Soils – Seismicity

Chapter 4-6 Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Chapter 4-7 Hazardous Materials

Chapter 4-8 Hydrology and Water Quality

Chapter 4-9 Land Use and Planning

Chapter 4-10 Noise

Chapter 4-11 Population and Housing

Chapter 4-12 Public Services and Recreation

Chapter 4-13 Transportation and Traffic

Chapter 4-14 Utilities Service Systems

Chapter 5 Significant Unavoidable Impacts

Chapter 6 Alternatives

Chapter 7 CEQA Mandated Sections

Chapter 8 Organization Persons Consulted

DEIR Appendices

Final EIR

Final EIR Response to Comments (Full document)

City Land Use Map from the 2035 General Plan

As part of the 2035 General Plan, the City also updated its Land Use Map, which is available for viewing at the City's Permit Center or by clicking HERE.

General Plan Archives

A full copy of the 2035 General Plan and related EIR documents may be found at the following locations for public viewing:

  • Community Development Department, City Hall, 1st Floor, 835 East 14th Street
  • Main Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue