Statement: The General Plan includes zoning guidelines.
Fact: There are no such things as zoning guidelines in the General Plan.
· The terms “zoning” and “guidelines” have no direct relationship to a General Plan. A General Plan includes goals, policies and plans that are based on the values and aspirations of a community.
· Zoning refers to state regulations that provide limits on the use of land and the physical character of the improvements on the land.
· The state requires consistency between the General Plan and zoning, but the General Plan includes elements, such as transportation and public services, that go well beyond the zoning ordinance in scope and function.
· Guidelines refers to a quasi-regulatory set of processes and limits that provide substantial detail about the design of a broad range of infrastructure, including transportation, water, sewer and drainage systems.
· The key point is that these terms have specific meanings and functions and that loosely combining them indicates a lack of understanding in how city development guidance and processes work. Too often these terms are merged together in an indistinct manner that renders their meaning ambiguous at best.
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