Purpose and Process

The City of Rolling Hills Estates is embarking on an exciting new project: the update of our General Plan. New opportunities, challenges, and approaches have emerged in the years since the current General Plan was adopted in 1992. The General Plan Update project will be a unique and important opportunity for community members to participate and share their ideas about the city’s future.

The General Plan is the City’s primary guide for development, housing, transportation, environmental quality, public services, and parks and open spaces. The update process is a collaborative effort between the City and its residents to create a vision and a blueprint for development and investment through 2040. Residents have the opportunity to get involved at all stages of the planning process, from the initial visioning and exploration of land use and transportation alternatives to the selection of the Preferred Plan and policy development.

In conjunction with the General Plan, we will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR ensures that environmental opportunities and constraints are identified and incorporated into the planning process, and it identifies policies that may mitigate any adverse environmental effects implementing the plan. The EIR is a public process as well, and we invite your participation and input during this stage of the planning effort.

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Building on Our Strengths

The City of Rolling Hills Estates has accomplished a great deal since the adoption of its existing General Plan 25 years ago. Today, Rolling Hills Estates is known for its quiet residential neighborhoods; parks, trails, and open space; great schools; and identity as a desirable equestrian community. As residents well know, these attributes make Rolling Hills Estates a great place to live, work, and play. The General Plan Update will maintain and strengthen these positive qualities moving forward.

Key Issues

Rolling Hills Estates’ updated General Plan will address issues spanning all aspects of life in the city. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing future growth
  • Fostering economic development through placemaking
  • Promoting sustainability and protecting natural resources
  • Maintaining quality of life and community character, while embracing newcomers
  • Promoting high quality design for buildings and public spaces
  • Maintaining public safety and municipal services

Finally, the updated General Plan will be crafted in a way that is clear and easy to use, and can be efficiently revised to incorporate future updates and amendments.

Project Schedule

It is anticipated that the City will have comprehensively updated its General Plan and prepared an accompanying Environmental Impact Report by late 2019. The diagram below illustrates the phases of the planning process and shows opportunities for public participation throughout.

General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC)

A General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC), composed of a representative range of community members, is working closely with City staff and the consultant team to provide input and direction throughout the General Plan Update process.

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Consultant Team

Dyett & Bhatia, Urban and Regional Planners is leading the consultant team that will be assisting the City with this General Plan Update.

Additional consultants, with specializations in different disciplines, are: