Arcata General Plan

The Arcata General Plan will help shape how the city of Arcata will look, function, provide services, and manage resources for the next 20 years. The plan is the City's “constitution” for physical development and change within the existing and future city boundaries. The plan is a legal mandate that governs both private and public actions. The general plan is atop the hierarchy of local government laws regulating land use. Other laws and policies, such as specific plans, subdivision regulations, and the zoning ordinance are subordinate to, and must be consistent with, the general plan. Comprehensive in scope, the plan conveys the fundamental values that public decision-makers will use to guide the City's evolution, from its physical development to the ever-changing network of services provided to its citizens.

Authority & Purpose of the General Plan

California State law requires cities and counties to prepare and adopt a general plan. The Government Code Sections requiring general plans are listed and summarized in the box on the following page.

Planning Commission & City Council Review & Adoption

The City of Arcata Planning Commission conducted public hearings and reviewed the Draft General Plan prepared at the direction of the City’s General Plan and Specialized Task Forces. They forwarded a Planning Commission Draft to the City Council. After conducting their own public hearings, the Council adopted this General Plan on October 4, 2000.

Arcata General Plan Chapters Elements Figures
Introduction Introduction Figure I-b: Arcata Neighborhoods
Chapter 1: Community Vision Statement Arcata Community Vision  
Chapter 2: Community Development Land Use Element Figure LU-a: City and Sphere of Influence - Land Use Plan Map
Figure LU-b: Planning Area - Land Use Plan Map
Figure GM-a: Urban Services Boundary
Figure T-a: Street Functional Classification Plan
Figure PF-a: School Districts
Chapter 3: Housing and Human Services Housing Element  
Chapter 4: Environmental Quality and Management Open Space Element Figure OS-a: Open Space Plan Map
Figure RC-a: Protected Watercourses

Chapter 5: Design and Historical Preservation Design Element Figure HP-a: Arcata Plaza Historic District
Figure HP-b: Local Historic Landmarks, Neighbor Conservation Areas and Specific Plan District
Figure HP-c: Bayside Specific Plan District
Chapter 6: Health and Safety
Figure PS-a: Hazards Map
Figure N-b: Projected Noise Contours
Glossary Glossary