What is a General Plan?

Residents map out their vision for Whittier at an Envision Whittier Launch Workshop (Fall 2017)

No matter what you do in Whittier—whether as a resident, business owner, or property owner—the General Plan affects you.  Why?  The General Plan is a policy document that is often described as the constitution or blueprint for development.  This Plan establishes the “ground rules” for conserving resources, designing new projects, expanding public services, and improving community amenities. The General Plan covers issues ranging from historic preservation, mobility, to public health and safety. Most importantly, it articulates the community’s vision and will guide growth, change, and development in Whittier for the next 20 years.

This is an excellent opportunity to define what Whittier will look like, how it will function, and how people experience the City in the future.  This General Plan program is an opportunity to comprehensively address issues critical to Whittier.  The community looks to define a new vision or confirm the current vision, one that reflects community values and aspirations of today. Using an intensive, inclusive, and creative community engagement process, the new General Plan will focus on achieving well-defined guiding principles for a wide range of topics. This General Plan program represents an opportunity for residents and the business community to share their ideas for the Whittier of tomorrow, both in terms of near-term actions and a long-term vision.

The General Plan can address many issues the community defines as important.  At a minimum, however, the Plan will establish policy direction relating to the following key topics: 

Key Topics

Community and Culture

  • Land Use and Urban Form
  • Economic Development
  • Historic Preservation
  • Community Design and Placemaking
  • Cultural Arts
  • Education
  • Park and Recreation Facilities

Access and Connections

  • Transportation
  • Complete Streets
  • Green Streets
  • Trails
  • Access
  • Placemaking
  • Public Safety

Health and Sustainability

  • Personal Safety and Public Safety
  • Health and Wellness
  • Economic/Fiscal Sustainability
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Conservation and Open Space
  • Recreation Programs
  • Environmental Justice
  • Homelessness