General Plan 2004

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  • The General Plan presents a vision for the City's future and a strategy to make that vision a reality.
  • The General Plan is the result of thousands of hours of research and technical studies
  • Interviews were held with residents, developers, business representatives, the Planning Commission, and City Council to identify their perception of key planning issues and challenges and their strategies to address these.
  • A survey was distributed to over 20,000 households and businesses asking questions regarding key community issues and visions for the future. In excess of 1,650 responses were received.
  • Five community workshops were held to discuss plans for how Corona should evolve.
  • A public environmental scoping meeting provided the public with an opportunity to identify key issues that should be addressed in the environmental review of the General Plan.


  •  California Government Codes Section 65300 et seq. mandates that each California city and county have a comprehensive, long-range plan for its future development called a General Plan.
  • The General Plan is required to address seven topics or elements: Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Open Space, Conservation, and Noise.
  • Corona's General Plan also addresses Economic Development, Community Design, Historic Preservation, and Parks and Recreation.
  • By law, all City programs must be consistent with the General Plan including zoning, subdivision regulations, capital improvement programs, specific plans, housing programs, and economic development programs.


If you are a Corona resident, the General Plan

  • Indicates the general types of uses that are permitted around your home, the long-range plans that may affect your neighborhood, and the policies the City will use to evaluate development applications in your community.
  • Indicates how the City will attract businesses that provide goods, services, and jobs.
  • Informs you on how the City plans to improve transportation infrastructure, continue to provide adequate parks, schools, police, fire, open space, and protect residents from the risk of earthquakes, fires and other natural hazards

If you are a Corona business, the General Plan

  • Outlines the measures the City will take to protect your investment and encourage your future success.
  • Spells out policies that ensure that business operations will be compatible with other businesses and residential area.
  • Presents strategies to reverse the decline and attract new investment to the City's downtown, North Main Street, and marginal commercial corridors

If you are interested in developing land or locating a business or home within the City of Corona, the General Plan

  • Introduces you to the community through its Technical Background report, which contains extensive demographic information including long-range population and economic forecasts.


The General Plan is organized into seven chapters. The first two chapters provide context for the rest of the document. The next four chapters constitute the required elements. The final chapter describes the actions that implement the General Plan's policies. An overview is provided below:

  • INTRODUCTION describes the General Plan process and introduces the reader to the document
  • VISION presents the statement of community values about the future functional role and character of Corona.
  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT presents goals and policies pertaining to how existing development is going to be maintained and enhanced and how new development will occur. Its components address:
    • o Land Use - defines where lands are to be conserved and where growth will be targeted and specifies the types, densities, and design characteristics of uses to be permitted and a map depicting their distribution.
    • o Community Design - specifies strategies for the visual and environmental enhancement of the City's streetscapes and entries.
    • o Housing - specifies strategies for the provision of adequate housing for all City residents
    • o Economic Development - specifies strategies for business retention and attraction.
    • o Historical Preservation - defines processes for the preservation of the City's historic buildings, sites and landscapes.
  • INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUBLIC SERVICES presents goals and policies for the provision of infrastructure and services that support residents and businesses.
    • Circulation - addresses the movement of people and goods including autos, transit, bicycles, and other modes.
    • Infrastructure and Utilities - addresses the provision of public infrastructure including water, sewer, storm drainage, solid waste, electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications.
    • Public Services - addresses the provision of services to meet resident needs including police, fire, library, schools, and health.
    • Parks and Recreation - addresses the provision of parklands and recreation programs for the City's residents.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES addresses the management of open spaces and conservation of natural resources such as water, soils, plants and animals, viewscapes, air and energy.
  • PUBLIC SAFETY presents goals and policies to protect residents from the impacts of natural hazards.
    • Natural Hazards - strategies to minimize the loss of life and property due to the risks of geologic and seismic hazards, flooding, wildfire, erosion and hazardous materials.
    • Noise - describes projected future noise conditions due to mobile and stationary sources and policies to mitigate noise conflicts in the community.
  • IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMS describe the actions to be taken by the City to carry out the goals and policies defined by the General Plan. These encompass:
    • Development Management System - defines the codes, regulations, and processes for land use development.
    • Governance - addresses the City's administrative procedures pertaining to land use regulation, coordination wit other local, regional, state, and federal agencies, and annexation of new lands to the City.
    • Public Improvement Plans - defines the strategies for the implementation of improvements to assure the timely provision of infrastructure and public services to support development.
    • Public Services Programs - addresses community services provided to meet resident and business needs.
    • Financing - identifies funding sources for capital improvements and community services.

Adopted General Plan

Adopted General Plan

General Plan Update - Land Use Categories 2007

General Plan Update - Safety Element HMP 2008

Current Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP)

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General Plan 2004: Final EIR Update

Final Environmental Impact Report (2.6 MB)

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