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
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.
Housing Element Update
The Housing Element is one of the required Elements of the General Plan The Housing Element will include an overview of housing policies and programs and will identify locations that can accommodate future housing.
Adopted General Plan
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.
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.
Will NelsonPrincipal PlannerPhone: 925-655-2898
Daniel BarriosSenior PlannerPhone: 925-655-2901
30 Muir Rd
Martinez, CA 94553