General Plan Update

The City of El Centro General Plan is the big-picture policy document that provides a vision for our City’s future. Each chapter of the General Plan, called an element, guides the City’s approach to a particular issue. The Land Use Element tells the City where and how different types of land use should be allowed. The Mobility Element outlines the transportation network for different types of travel within El Centro. The Environmental Justice Element identifies ways that the City can address pollution and other environmental concerns that impact the people and habitat within El Centro.

Public participation is an essential part of the General Plan Update process, and we want to hear from you. Attend one or more of the outreach events to provide your input on the future of El Centro.

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Environmental Review

The City of El Centro is preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the General Plan Update in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been prepared and a 30-day scoping period was held between July 17, 2020, and August 16, 2020. A NOP Scoping meeting was held Thursday July 30, 2020 at 11:00 am. Click here for media coverage of the NOP Scoping meeting. For more information, please select the "Read NOP" button or review the presentation from the NOP Scoping meeting by selecting the "Review Meeting Presentation" button.

Proposed Opportunity Areas

What is a General Plan?

Our future

The City of El Centro is working on updating its General Plan to reflect the City’s future vision and implementation plan for the next 20 years.


Nuestro futura

La ciudad de El Centro está actualizando su Plan General para que incluya la visión futura de la ciudad y el plan de implementación para los próximos 20 años. Un Plan General da orientación sobre cómo crecerá y se desarrollará una comunidad. Los 3 temas principales de esta actualización del Plan General son:

  • Uso del terreno (para qué se pueden usar lugares y espacios)

  • Movilidad (cómo vamos de un lado a otro)

  • Justicia ambiental (personas saludables en una comunidad saludable)

A General Plan provides guidance as to how a community will grow and develop. The 3 main topics this General Plan update will focus on are:

  • Land Use (Places and Spaces)

  • Mobility (How We Get Around)

  • Environmental Justice (Healthy People and a Healthy Community)