The Advance Planning Section oversees long-range planning for unincorporated Contra Costa County. Advance Planning staff’s primary responsibilities are developing, maintaining, and implementing the Contra Costa County General Plan; addressing issues related to growth management (e.g., the County’s Urban Limit Line); and administering the County’s Williamson Act program. Through its role in General Plan implementation, Advance Planning staff support County planning efforts related to housing, transportation, economic development, sustainability, agriculture, and land conservation. In addition, Advance Planning staff coordinate with other agencies to ensure that Contra Costa County’s long-term planning goals and policies are considered during development of regional plans.
Envision Contra Costa 2040 is a comprehensive review and update of the County's General Plan. The process began in late-2018 and the final documents anticipated for the end of 2022.
The Contra Costa County General Plan expresses the broad goals and policies, and specific implementation measures, which will guide decisions on future growth, development, and the conservation of resources in the County.
Existing General Plan policies and zoning regulations for Byron Airport prohibit most of the uses necessary for the airport to reach its aviation potential and achieve economic self-sufficiency. To promote economic development, the County intends to amend its Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan, General Plan, and Planned Unit District zoning to substantially broaden the range of uses allowed by right on the airport property.
The California Land Conservation Act of 1965, better known as the Williamson Act, created a program to help counties preserve agricultural land and open space by offering a tax incentive to property owners. The Act provides an arrangement where private landowners voluntarily restrict their land to agricultural and compatible open space uses under a contract with the County, known as a Land Conservation Contract.