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Strive San Mateo General Plan Update - Draft Goals & Policies

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We're returning for the next stage of our Strive San Mateo General Plan update. Find the next community workshop, General Plan Subcommittee meeting or take our online survey.

Draft Goals & Policies

Community feedback helped develop the draft goals and policies for San Mateo’s General Plan Update, and now the City is seeking public input to ensure that they reflect the full range of community priorities and if there are new ideas to consider. The draft goals, policies, and actions outline future policy direction for: Land Use; Circulation; Community Design and Historic Preservation; Conservation, Open Space and Parks and Recreation; Public Services and Facilities; Safety; and Noise. There are three other priority topics that are addressed throughout the draft goals, policies, and actions. These topics – Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Resilience, and Community Engagement – are interwoven and support many of the goals, polices and actions outlined in the General Plan, so they have been integrated into all applicable elements rather than addressed as stand-alone topics.

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Tell us what you think! 

Share your feedback on these topics by completing this online survey or by emailing your comments to The draft goals, polices, and actions will also be reviewed at a series of community events and at meetings of the General Plan Subcommittee, Planning Commission, and City Council over the summer and into the fall 2022. More information about these events and meetings can be found on our Strive San Mateo website. After the City Council provides final direction on the draft goals, policies and actions, the General Plan team will incorporate them into the Draft General Plan. The City anticipates publishing the Draft General Plan in spring 2023.

What is a goal, policy and action?

The following provides a description of goals, policies, and actions, and explains the relationship between them:

  • A goal is a description of the general desired result that the City seeks to create through the implementation of its General Plan.
  • A policy is a specific statement that regulates activities in the City, guides decision-making and directs ongoing efforts as the City works to achieve a goal. General Plan policies establish standards that will be used by City staff, Planning Commission, and City Council in their review of development projects and in related City decision-making.
  • An action is a measure, procedure, or technique intended to help reach a specified goal. The actions in the General Plan will serve as a to-do list for City staff and officials to implement the goals and policies of the General Plan.

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