City of Monterey General Plan

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Planning Office
570 Pacific St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-3885
Fax: (831) 646-3408

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
Closed: noon - 1 p.m.
Planners are available from
10 a.m.- noon & 1 to 3 p.m.

Elizabeth Caraker
Principal Planner

Christine Hopper
Senior Planner

Todd Bennett
Senior Associate Planner

Fernanda Roveri
Associate Planner

Jenny Leinen
Administrative Assistant II

Mary-Kathryn Salameh
Administrative Assistant II

General Plan
The documents are also available for review at the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St, and the Planning Division, 580 Pacific St, at Colton Hall. These digital files are provided for informational purposes only and may differ in layout to the official printed document.
California State law requires that each city adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the area under its jurisdiction. This general plan must include seven elements that together compose an integrated set of goals, policies, and action programs. These seven required elements are land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, safety, and noise. In addition, a city may adopt optional elements that relate to the physical development of the community.

The renowned scenic environment of Monterey and the Peninsula stems from its two dominant features: the coastline and the central ridge of wooded hills. The preservation of these two features is essential to maintain the scenic character of the Peninsula. Goals and policies focus on preserving and enhancing Monterey’s aesthetic environment, and were developed around two central concepts: Monterey’s special physical setting and its image as a town.

Monterey’s image is that of a small-scale residential community beside the bay, framed by a forested hill backdrop and drawing its charm from a rich historical background, certain commercial enterprises, and natural scenic beauty.

Download the FREE Adobe ReaderThe General Plan is posted without figures, along with the figures and DEIR and EIR linked separately. If you want the entire General Plan with figures it is available at the Monterey Public Library or the Planning Office. These documents are posted in Adobe PDF format. If you don't have Adobe Reader to view these documents, you may download it FREE by clicking on the Adobe Reader graphic. Links will open in a new browser window.