General Plan 2006 is the City of Gardena’s recently updated General Plan. This plan will guide the physical development of the city the next 15-20 years. Developed over an 18-month period, the plan is based upon a collaborative effort involving the community, property owners, chamber of commerce and homeowners alike. The plan is based upon the following core vision for the city as a:

  • City of Opportunity
  • Safe and attractive place to live, work and play
  • Community that values ethnic and cultural diversity
  • Strong and diverse economic base

What is a General Plan?

Every city and county in California is required by state law to prepare and maintain a planning document called a General Plan. The general plan is the long range “blueprint” for a jurisdiction and guides development decisions, identifies long-term objectives for the next 15-20 years and contains policies and actions to help achieve community goals over the period of time. The general plan addresses all aspects of growth and development and includes topics such as land use, housing, economic development, circulation, safety, parks and recreation, and public facilities.

In summary, the General Plan serves to:

  • Articulate a 15-20 year vision or picture for the future growth of the City
  • Identify the City’s land use, circulation, housing, environmental, economic, and social goals, policies and actions
  • Provide direction in the planning and evolution of future development and resource decisions.

As required by the state law, the Gardena General Plan is presented as a collection of “elements” or subject categories. Click here to view the Introduction to the General Plan. These elements and the issues interrelate with each other and are summarized below.

Housing Element 

Environmental Justice Element

Community Resources Element


Environmental Impact Report

Click here to view the Environmental Impact Report for the 2006 City of Gardena General Plan

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Draft (LHMP)