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General Plan

The General Plan is the basic planning document for California cities and counties. Every city in California must adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the city. All land use approvals and decisions in the Town must be consistent with the General Plan. A General Plan must include the State-required elements and any optional elements that the Town chooses to adopt. The seven State-required elements are: Land Use, Housing, Circulation, Conservation, Open Space, Safety and Noise. The Town of Hillsborough has combined the Conservation and Open Space Elements to avoid repletion of issues.

The Housing Element of the General Plan was adopted in July, 2002. The remainder of the General Plan was revised and adopted by the City Council on March 14, 2005. The revised 2005 General Plan is available below. The text chapters and figures have been listed separately for ease of use and are in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). These files can be read with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

A complete copy of the Town’s General Plan is available for review at Town Hall. Copies are also available at the Burlingame and San Mateo main libraries.

2005 General Plan Chapters

Cover Page

Title Page


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Land Use Element

Chapter 3 - Circulation Element

Chapter 4 - Open Space and Conservation Element

Chapter 5 - Public Safety Element

Chapter 6 - Noise Element

Chapter 8 - Glossary

General Plan Negative Declaration (Environmental Document)

2005 General Plan Figures

Figure I-1 Regional Location

Figure I-2 Town Limits and Planning Area

Figure LU-1 Land Use Designations

Figure C-1 Bikeways

Figure OSC-1 Watersheds

Figure PS-1 Wildlife Hazard Areas

Figure PS-2 Landslide Hazards

Figure PS-3 Soils

Figure PS-4 Steep Slopes

Figure PS-5 Regional Faults

Figure PS-6 Liquefaction Hazard Areas

Figure PS-7 100-Year Floodplain

Figure PS-8 Dam Inundation Areas

Figure N-1 Land Use and Noise Compatibility

Figure N-2 Future Traffic Noise Contours

Figure N-3 San Francisco International Airport 2001 Noise Exposure

Figure N-4 Airport Influence Zones

General Plan Amendments

Resolution Prezoning & General Plan Amendment - Skyline Blvd. Annexation 08-11-08

Resolution / General Plan Amendment - Addition of Climate Protection and Sustainability Goals and Policies 02-08-10

Nueva Master Plan Update

2009 Housing Element

2009 Hillsborough Housing Element

Resolution Adopting 2009 Housing Element

2009 Housing Element Negative Declaration (Environmental Document)

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