2013-2023 General Plan Update

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The City of Costa Mesa is updating its General Plan. State law requires that each city adopt a General Plan "for the physical development of a city and any land outside its boundaries which bears relation to its planning." A General Plan is normally updated every 10 years. Click here for information on the process used in updating Costa Mesa's General Plan. Click here are some frequently asked questions about the General Plan update.

"The Great Outreach"

The General Plan update may be best accomplished by receiving and incorporating input from a wide segment of the community. Staff was directed by City Council to hold monthly community workshops discussing the process and details of the draft plan as a process known as "The Great Outreach." (See staff presentation on the outreach process here.) To date, the city has held 10 workshops and public meetings, and five "roadshows" to various interested groups.

Below you can find various documents to the workshops, public meetings and roadshows. Please note that staff receives comments and varying opinions on a number of subjects and issues related to the General Plan and staff only reports the issues raised at the meetings.

Staff is meeting with a board cross section of stakeholders in the community including residents, land owners, business owners, community groups, builders and developers, and others. All of this information is being compiled and will be provided to the decision makers as we move through the General Plan Update process.

You may contact the Planning Division at (714) 754-5245 if you have any questions.

Meetings and related documents (in chronological order)

Housing Element

  • Draft Housing Element Workshop (June 13, 2013). Agenda here
  • 2013-2021 Housing Element Public Hearing at Costa Mesa Planning Commission. Agenda here
  • Introductory and Housing Element Workshop (May 15, 2013). Agenda here. Staff presentation here. Staff presentation on draft Housing Element here. List of attendees here. Brainstorming wall chart here. Workshop photos here.
  • Housing Element update at City Council meeting (Jan. 21, 2014). Staff report here

Workshops

  • Visioning Workshop (June 19, 2013). Agenda here. Summary here. Staff presentation here. List of attendees here. Workshop photos here
  • Visioning Workshop, (July 23, 2013). Summary here. Workshop photos here
  • Land Use Part 1 Workshop (Aug. 21, 2013). Agenda here. Summary here. Workshop photos here.
  • Safety and Noise Elements workshop (Aug. 27, 2014). Staff presentation here. Workshop outline here.
  • Land Use Part 2 Workshop (Sept. 12, 2013). Agenda here. Summary here. Staff presentation here. Workshop photos here.
  • Circulation Element Workshop (Sept. 18, 2013). Agenda here. Summary here. Staff presentation here. Master plan of highways here. Master plan of bike ways here. Workshop photos here.
  • Circulation Element Workshop (Oct. 16, 2013). Agenda here. Staff presentation here.
  • Open Space and Conservation Elements (July 16, 2014). Summary here. Photos here.
  • City Council General Plan Workshop (Sept. 8, 2015). Agenda here. Agenda report here. Staff presentation here.

Roadshows

  • Roadshow with Building Industry Assn. (May 29, 2013). Summary here
  • Roadshow with Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce (June 5, 2013). Summary here
  • Roadshow with local home builders (July 10, 2013). Summary here. Survey results from home builders here.
  • Roadshow with Building Industry Assn. (Aug. 27, 2013). Summary here.
  • Roadshow with East-side neighborhood group (Aug. 29, 2013). Summary here. Survey results from East-side neighborhood group here.
  • Roadshow with Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce (Sept. 24, 2013). Summary here
  • Roadshow with Mesa Verde Community Assn., (Oct. 2, 2013). Staff presentation here.

City Council Study Sessions

  • Visioning Statements Joint Study Session between City Council and Planning Commission (Jan. 14, 2014). Agenda here. Staff presentation here. Video here.
  • Land Use Alternatives Joint Study Session between City Council and Planning Commission (Jan. 28, 2014). Agenda here. Staff report here. Video here.
  • Land Use Alternatives City Council Study Session (April 29, 2014). Agenda here. Staff presentation on recommended draft land uses here. Video here.

Housing Element