General Plan & Other Planning Documents

General Plan and Other Planning Documents


Chico General Plan

The City’s General Plan, adopted in April 2011, is a statement of community priorities to guide public decision-making. It provides a comprehensive, long-range policy framework for the growth and preservation of Chico. The Plan’s goals, policies, and actions guide day-to-day decisions made by the City Council, boards, and commissions on the physical development of the city. Land use changes, budget decisions, and development proposals and projects are considered against the backdrop of the General Plan. The policies of the Plan apply to all properties within the City limits.

The Draft EIR for the Chico 2030 General Plan can be found here.

The Chico 2030 General Plan Annual Reports and Sustainability Indicators Reports are available for review.

2016 Five-Year General Plan Review
2015 General Plan Annual Report
2015 Sustainability Indicators Report
2014 General Plan Annual Report
2014 General Plan Annual Report Appendices
2014 Sustainability Indicators Report
2013 General Plan Annual Report
2013 General Plan Annual Report Appendices
2013 Sustainability Indicators Report
2012 General Plan Annual Report
2012 General Plan Annual Report Appendices
2012 Sustainability Indicators Report

Design Guidelines Manual

The purpose of creating the City of Chico Design Guidelines Manual is to lend predictability in the design review process of private and public development projects, facilitating applicants and City decision-makers in the design review process.  The Manual is intended to guide the aesthetic qualities of development in Chico and maintain its dignified visual character by integrating timeless architectural and landscape design with the natural beauty of its surrounding environment.  Use of the Manual is intended to continue the high priority that the community places on the design of development since Chico adopted its first architectural design ordinance in 1955.

Cover and Table of Contents
Introductory Chapter - How to Use This Document
Chapter 1 - Community Design
Chapter 2 - Commercial and Commercial Mixed-Use Projects
Chapter 3 - Office and Office Mixed-Use Projects
Chapter 4 - Residential Project Types
Chapter 5 - Community Facility Project Types
Chapter 6 - Industrial Project Types
Glossary - Key Terms and Phrases

Neighborhood Plans

The City has adopted three neighborhood plans that provide more fine-grained planning direction on a variety of topics, including land use, circulation, historic preservation, parks and open space, and improved infrastructure.

Area Plans

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Chico Downtown Access Plan, 2006
Climate Action Plan

Area Studies

Final Land Absorption Study
2013 Chico User Fee Study - FINAL

Subdivision Ordinance

Title 18 Subdivision Ordinance

Other Notable Documents

Chico Climate Action Plan Update
Chico Climate Action Plan Update IS-ND
Downtown Vision Illustration
Chico’s Historic Resources Inventory
Official Planning Director Interpretations
Information Regarding Regulation of Businesses Selling Alcohol
Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance Guidelines
Diversity Action Plan
AB 1881 Checklist & FAQs
    –Link to the State’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO)


Official Planning Director Interpretations


Northwest Chico Specific Plan

Northwest Chico Specific Plan

The Northwest Chico Specific Plan defines parameters for the future development of Northwest Chico. Implementation of the Plan will create new residential neighborhoods in the area that have a distinct sense of place, are well-served by commercial uses and open space, and that celebrate the area’s natural amenities. The Plan is also intended to ensure that new infrastructure required to serve the area, particularly drainage and storm water systems, is attractively integrated with the new development it serves.

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