General Plan

Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan

The General Plan is a comprehensive statement of the planning goals and policies for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and its surrounding Sphere of Influence. State law requires each community to adopt and periodically update its General Plan. Carmel's General Plan has been combined with its Local Coastal Plan to ensure coordination of these two documents. The Local Coastal Plan includes the Land Use, Circulation, Coastal Access and Recreation, and Coastal Resource Management elements. 

Introduction PDF

Land Use and Community Character Element PDF

Circulation Element PDF

Housing Element PDF

Coastal Access and Recreation Element PDF

Coastal Resource Management Element PDF

Public Facilities and Services Element PDF

Open Space/Conservation PDF

Environmental Safety Element PDF

Noise Element PDF

General Plan Appendices

Appendix A:  Community Conducted Questionnaire and Results

Appendix B:  Environmental Safety Technical Appendix

Appendix C:  EIR

Appendix D:  Expanded Initial Study/EIR Addendum

Appendix E:  California Coastal Act Policies

Appendix F:  Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area Study

Appendix G:  Forest Management Plan

Appendix H:  Mission Trail Nature Preserve Master Plan

Appendix I:  Historic Context Statement

Appendix J:  Del Mar Master Plan