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The General Plan contains many elements or plans that outline policies for land use and development throughout Oakland.

  • Land Use and Transportation Element
    Designates the kinds, location, and intensity of land uses, as well as appropriate zoning controls to achieve development policies.
  • Estuary Policy Plan
    Includes objectives and policies to enhance the Oakland waterfront as a resource for the City. The Estuary Policy Plan (EPP) is considered part of the General Plan and supersedes the General Plan for the Estuary shoreline, extending from Castro Street to the East Creek Slough.
  • Open Space, Conservation and Recreation
    Contains policies addressing the management of open land, natural resources and parks in the City.
  • Historic Preservation Element
    Provides the goals, policies and actions to encourage the preservation of older buildings, districts and other physical features with historic value.
  • Housing Element
    Provides an assessment of the need for housing and an inventory of housing; statement of the goals with regard to housing residents; and a program for providing the needed amount of housing throughout the City.
  • Noise Element
    Analyzes and quantifies the existing and projected noise levels from noise sources such as traffic, commercial and aviation activities, and includes implementation measures to address any foreseeable noise problems.
  • Safety Element
    Includes a policy framework to guide the public decision making process with regard to safety hazards including public safety, geologic hazards, fire, flooding and hazardous materials. In 2012, the City adopted its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan as an appendix of the Safety Element (see Appendix F).
  • Scenic Highways
    Addresses the preservation and enhancement of attractive roadways and major thorough fares traversing the City.